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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.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Counting down....

Less than a week now. We are so ready as we sit here in Indiana, waiting for the winter storm  that's forecast for this evening.  Blowing snow, hazardous driving conditions and colder temps. I find myself, so many times when we're this close to a trip, perusing different Vieques related sites. i.e. Tripadvisor, Facebook and of course my blog. It was while looking at a Vieques related facebook page that I saw this picture taken yesterday:

This picture is so connected to me, well it's spooky. First, this is Larry who wrote to me about visiting his late wife's photo showing in Feb. So there's a connection there. Next Larry has bagged a huge wad of rope on, much like I always try to do. Next this is all on my favorite beach, La Plata and if that's not enough to set the stage, in the background you can see Judy and Andre walking hand in hand, like they always do along La Plata. 

To say that we can't wait is not even beginning to convey how ready we are. 


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Wind Horses....

Tomorrow will usher in frigid cold across the midwest where we live. 2 degrees, that's the high for tomorrow. Miserable weather. Weather that I truly hate and the older I get it seems the more I dislike it. 

 So you wonder why we spend a month in  on Vieques?

 Ah, but the irony of it all. That on the eve of our first arctic blast, which some are  already calling a polar vortex, a sunset, so awe inspiring that one has to venture outside to see it up close and personal. Beautiful it was. Lorrie and I stood out on the porch, freezing, but drinking up the evening sky like some Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Nature always wears the colors of the spirit ~ Emerson

At the time we had Santana playing in the house and as we stood there, freezing, but in awe of the beauty, Carlos was cranking out Europa. The pairing was perfect other than I wish it was all under a caribbean sunset. 

Now would that be kickass or what!

But I digress.  This is suppose to be about wind horses.  The big metal wind horses are doing their damn best to disrupt our plans to get to Vieques  to  catch those caribbean sunsets.

 United Airlines,  what was once Continental. Oh, how we long for Continental.    United is notorious for changing flights  and has changed ours twice now. This is usually the case with them. We try to buy any United flight  with miles, so yeah I don't pay much for it, $10 to be exact. (Hey, I have their card and build miles.) I like the feel of getting paid to use someone elses money.  But in the end  I believe that's why they target us. This last change  they made has caused us to have to stay over in San Juan and then fly to Vieques the next day, something we've only had to do one other time. We're staying at the SJU hotel airport?  I'm not expecting much from the hotel.  I just thank gawd Cape Air is so accommodating.

But if that wasn't enough Delta (yes I'm using different carriers for each leg) got us on the back end and we'll be leaving Fri eve from Vieques instead of Sat morn. Once again Cape Air worked with us.   I  guess that's the price you pay for being frugal. The way down cost us, like I already said $10,  and we found business class on Delta on the way back for $10 cheaper than coach, so it's a give and take. I paid basically $800 for two business class round trip tickets from Ind to SJU. That's a great price, but they yank your chain A LOT.

 In other news, Judy and Andre have already contacted us and are heading down on island 1/15.  They'll be there for at least 2 months. Bill and Joy will be on island the same time we are and have confirmed the big "lobster cookout!" We can't wait! David and Andrea are going to be on island, as usual.  Just recently I  was contacted, via private message on trip advisor, about a photo show the historical trust is having. It's from a lady, who's since past, that took thousands of pictures while snorkeling on Vieques. The show is suppose to be on Feb 18th. Her widowed husband Larry contacted me about the show. I urge all to go check it out.

The menu is still developing for our Feb trip. Things like red curry spinach/chicken are making the list, as are many more. I'm telling Lorrie that some sort of mango salsa sounds really good.

Lastly, with the new year I hung up some of our own wind horses, back near the cabin. They join many ragged ones, from years past, in hopes that we enjoy more of the same good fortune we've had thus far.

Just a fuzz over 4 weeks and we'll be back on island and I can't frigg'n wait!!!!!