August 2022 Early Retirement Update

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Time for a look back at what we were up to last month! We started the month of August in the city of Eger in the east of Hungary. Once our weeklong stay in Eger wrapped up, we headed west to Budapest where our 2 month European vacation would end after ...

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Mount Rushmore, Badlands , and Air Force Museum – Cross Country USA Road Trip (Part 13)

On the final leg of our six week summer road trip, we spent six days driving the 2,200 miles east from Gardiner, Montana back home to Raleigh, North Carolina. Along the way, we visited Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, ...

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April 2022 Early Retirement Update

Another busy month comes to a close! We spent Spring Break on a cruise. Upon returning to Raleigh, the older kids prepared to take their Advanced Placement exams. And now, we are getting ready to go on another cruise!  After we get back from our next c...

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Salt Lake City, Utah and Idaho Falls, Idaho – Cross Country USA Road Trip (Part 11)

During "Part 11" of our six week road trip across the USA, we visited downtown Salt Lake City where we toured around the public area near the Mormon Temple, the State Capitol, and other parts of downtown.  Once we left Salt Lake City, we headed north t...

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March 2022 Early Retirement Update

The first quarter of 2022 is in the history books, and spring is here! We've had a busy spring so far. We're cranking up our summer travel planning. And we booked not one, not two, but three new cruises during March! It's starting to feel a lot more no...

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February 2022 Early Retirement Update – Early Spring Edition

Another month flew by! Here we are in March and spring is slowly making an appearance. I definitely like the warmer days but it's almost too hot right now!  The nicer weather means spending more time outdoors. We got out the hammock on one particularly...

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Hawthorne, Nevada and Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah – Cross Country USA Road Trip (Part 10)

We spent a few days driving across the desert from California, through Nevada and into Utah. Along the way, we spent the night in Hawthorne, Nevada. While in Hawthorne, we toured the town's main attraction, the Hawthorne Ordnance Museum.  From Hawthorn...

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Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite National Parks – Cross Country USA Road Trip (Part 9)

We departed from Bakersfield, California in the morning and headed north to spend the day exploring Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park. The main attraction in these two parks are the massive Sequoia trees dotting the rugged mountainou...

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January 2022 Early Retirement Update – Snowy Winter Edition

Welcome to my first monthly update of 2022! It's been a busy month for us. We had a nice snowy weekend during January which is rare for us here in Raleigh. The snow was just deep enough to offer some decent sledding. Then it melted the next day and it ...

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December 2021 Early Retirement Update – New Year’s Edition

Another year all wrapped up neatly with a bow on it! Where does the time go? We had a great 2021, both financially and personally. We managed to squeeze in a bunch of travel in spite of global difficulties. And we were able to relax at home a ton as we...

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November 2021 Early Retirement Update – Turkey Time Edition

Another fun and busy month of early retired life is in the books! During the past month, we hosted a big Thanksgiving celebration at our house. Since the weather was nice in November, we spent a lot of time outdoors.  I really stretched my DIY muscles ...

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Arizona: Glen Canyon Dam, the Grand Canyon, and Hoover Dam – Cross Country USA Road Trip (Part 6)

We spent two nights in Page, Arizona. While in Page, we visited the Glen Canyon Dam, a nearby lakeside rocky area known as The Chains, and the Horseshoe Bend overlook of the Colorado river.  After leaving Page, we traveled south and then west to the Gr...

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Utah: Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park – Cross Country USA Road Trip (Part 5)

Our family of five visited Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park in Utah in the summer of 2021. The most impressive part of Bryce Canyon was the strange looking hoodoos, or stone pillars that protrude from the hillsides and valley floors th...

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October 2021 Early Retirement Update – Spooky Time Edition

Fall is in full swing here and I'm loving it! We enjoyed a fun October and look forward to more of the same in November as Thanksgiving approaches. Throughout the month we spent lots of time lounging outside, going on long bike rides, and plugging away...

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