Our Grand Tour Started in the 1980s

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Colorado, 1983.

She says: It’s both thrilling and a little painful to look back on the decades Johnny and I have been together, adventuring. Painful because — damn — it goes way too fast. Cliche as hell, but true.

Celebrating Some Really Big Numbers

Next month, we’ll celebrate our 32nd wedding anniversary, and we were coupled five years before that. So, basically we’ve been together a looooooonnnnng time. Sometimes, the journey has been bumpy, but never boring.

Confessions of a Couch Potato

My life would be completely different had I not hooked up with Mr. Nelson, and I’m forever grateful he pushed me out of my super chill habits (OK, I’m lazy) onto steep hiking trails, biking paths, ski slopes around the world — even when I crashed on double diamond runs I had no business attempting. When we were young and broke, we camped for fun, often “pitching out” in random spots around Colorado. In our 20s, we quit our jobs at the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel and spent four months traveling on the cheap in Europe (photo below is from Paris, circa 1984). There have been tons of trips since and still have a long list of places we long to visit. Iceland, we’re coming for you, soon, we hope!!

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Paris, 1984.

Dream About to Get Realized

I still cannot quite believe that we’re on the same page — mostly — about our plan to hit the road, two Boomers on a grand tour, living the Van Life. In search for who knows what? TBD, y’all. There are still a lot of details that need to fall into the place, but I feel so fortunate to have my best friend/life partner on board for this upcoming wild ride. Got suggestions on where we should roll? Leave ’em in the comments, pretty please.

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Hidden Valley, Joshua Tree, 2017.

 

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One thought on “Our Grand Tour Started in the 1980s

  1. This is such an interesting adventure you are on Grand Adventure! I loved the way you wove the 80s flashback into the blog! Want to join us in Iceland the last week of June? We want Skizer and his 80s babe to provide commentary and laughter to our trip around the island!

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