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Debt free empty nesters...ready to stretch our wings. Life is good and we plan on making it even better. This blog is mostly about our trips to Vieques Puerto Rico, with a few odds and ends thrown in about our life after the mortgage.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Feb trip plans complete....

We've finalized our Feb trip to the island. We'll be staying on the Atlantic side, a first for us. The house we've decided upon is called "Los Cocos".  The above picture is from the  web site for the house. Staying right on the ocean front is also  going to be a new experience, we've always stayed up in the hills. The beach in front of the house is called La Chata.  I've never been to that beach so can't say much about it. Also the house is in Bravos de Boston, we've never been in that part of the island either. Lorrie and I are curious how we are going to like driving thru Isabel to get back to the house. Lots of new things this trip.

Getting airline tickets was a real challenge. It seems that United decided to charge 3k for two round-trip tickets to Vieques. I just bought tickets to Vieques this past March, for our Nov trip,  and paid $1200 total.  I did finally figure out the problem. It seems that United doesn't  have a return flight on the day we were wanting, that's why the 3k. USAir did have a flight and that's how United was routing us (nice mark up United). What Lorrie and I ended up doing was using miles to buy 2 one way tickets to San Juan  that only cost us $4. Then we booked the return flight on USAir. Total cost for airfare was $1100, sure beats the heck out of 3k. Now granted we are going to have to retrieve luggage, then  check luggage with Cape Air, and then go thru airport security, but to save $1900 I'll jump thru a few hoops.

Still been smok'n hot here in Indiana. The drought is taking it's toll on our trees. We are now seeing some of  trees on the property dying. Red buds, dogwoods and sassafras seem to be getting hit the hardest. There's not much I can do about it other than watch. The drought is not bothering the prairie at all. I noticed the royal catchfly in full bloom today.

Hot weather has also slowed down work on the cabin, hasn't stopped it...just slowed things down a bit. The siding is all done now, thank gawd for that. Deck and foundation are all stained. I've got 3 of the 4 interior walls insulated. 100 degree temps and fiberglass insulation don't go together real well, but I'm getting there. Roof is supposed to be delivered in 10days. Hopefully by the first or second week of August the outside will be 100% finished.

We bought a couple of the zero gravity recliners for the deck. Those are some really comfy chairs. Now I just need to find the time to break them in.


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