This is my travel buddy.
I chose this picture as my member photo because it shows my almost constant travel companion and I together on our most recent big trip. This is the two of us on the July 2002 Elderhostel 'Rural Kenya' trip. I thought I would talk about Mums first of all, because she is the reason I have been able to travel so much, and I'd like to dedicate my VT pages to her.
I am so lucky that Mums loves to travel and she wants company. Because of her, I have visited more places than anyone I know. She is always open to meeting new people, so we make lots of friends wherever we go.
Right now, she is off on a trip without me :( to New Zealand and Australia. But, she has my sister's family with her for support. I'll be picking her up Friday night to see how everything went (I also get to be her 'airport limo'.)
We live together in Chester Harbor, a small community on the Eastern Shore of Maryland alongside Chestertown. Because we are across the Chester river, we are in a different county, but our mail comes addressed to Chestertown. We also have two dogs who haven't ever traveled with us, a dachshund named Lady Daphne, and a greyhound named Countess Cecily. Someday we would like to go to Delaware (only a few hours away) for the big big big greyhound get together at the beach.
Our next big travel plan is to go to China on a Yangtze river trip before the water level rises up and covers the old places. We are hoping to work that in this year, 2003. We would love to hear from anyone who has done the same. I would like to find a good long trip (about 10 days) that is just the river, and catch the other, non-vanishing and closer to the shore, sights, on a later trip.
Most of our world travel has been on the Love Boats of Princess (P&O) cruises. We like not having to unpack and repack again and again. We enjoy getting dressed up for the formal nights, and sometimes look pretty spiffy when it is just a semi-formal night. And we can always be found participating in the trivia games, one of our favorite pastimes.
The last trip we took (July 2002) was our first with Elderhostel. Mums had always wanted to go on an African safari, and I thought Elderhostel would be a good choice since we weren't looking for great exertion, but didn't want to miss out seeing anything. We had one day with a lot of walking, but it was worth it many times over, as we got to be right in amongst the giraffes and zebras.
We also travel closer to home. Every fall we go to Cape May, New Jersey, for the Sherlock Holmes mystery weekend ("Victorian Holmes"). We have both created Victorian style garb and wear it through most of the weekend activities. And almost every Wednesday night we go to Annie's Paramount Steak House on Kent Island (near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge) for, you guessed it, a night of world travel trivia playing 'Passport' on NTN.