We have spent much of the last few weeks getting to know our newest Grandchild-Nico. He has proven to be a very contented child so far. We are going to enjoy watching him explore his world.
At the same time, we are looking forward to getting the motorhome on the road. It has been sitting in a waiting mode for too long. Over the next few weeks we will be putting a fair amount of miles on it while revisiting some well known territory-visiting with friends and family.
At the same time, while sitting around, I have been looking back at what we have enjoyed in our leisure time in the past. As a follow on to my aviation obsession, we began to transition to a new leisure activity of boating. By the mid 1980's we were starting on the sailboat period. With a succession of ever larger sailboats, we were spending lots of time on the water in Lake Erie, and the Chesapeake Bay. Also during this period, we would be making trips back to Anneke's home land, which included numerous trips on the Dutch waterways. Interestingly enough, during this period we also owned two class C motorhomes for trips around the country and this was to be a precursor to our RVing full timing adventure.
In 1995, we left the Chesapeake area and returned to the Netherlands for my final tour in the Coast Guard. Before we left we took my mother on one last trip around Chesapeake Bay on a trawler. In the Netherlands, we did a lot of power boating, including chartering two large powerboats to explore the tremendous waterways there. The lure of the sailboat did not fade while there and we did three summer sail cruises among the Greek Islands. This was some of the most enjoyable time on the water we have had.
After retiring and returning to the states, the first thing we did was start a search for a sailboat. We could not find one fast enough so, we chartered one on the Chesapeake to keep the edge off. Finally, we found our last sailboat, a 38 foot Hunter, which we enjoyed sailing on until we decided it was time to leave the working world in 2006 and go full timing.