Hank and Marilyn Coast to Coast 2017 travel blog

So many parks

All eight states

Yes, we're home. Spent Saturday night in Youngstown, Ohio and after worshipping at Grace Lutheran in Hubbard, Ohio we traveled through Pennsylvania and reached Tannersville, about half an hour west of the Delaware Water Gap, in time to watch baseball. We had reserved a room with two full beds but we checked in we were rewarded with an upgrade to a suite with king bed, fireplace and hot tub. I tell you, it pays to have a credit card that accumulates points at Best Western. Didn't use the tub or fireplace because we couldn't see the game from their locations. Instead, we watched the game in the sitting room (yes, a sitting room!), sitting on a couch instead of a bed. What luxury! And a wonderful way to bring our travels to an end.

Monday morning we packed the car for the last time and crossed the Delaware River to visit Marilyn's mom who lives 20 minutes from where we stayed. After a short visit, just enough time to reassure her that we're fine and safe, we headed home to Brick, NJ. Arrived at 22 Mariner Place just after 1 PM. We unpacked and vacuumed the car, did laundry, said hello to our neighbor, Jerry, who so generously kept an eye on the house and brought our mail in every day. We are deeply in his debt.

We traveled for 2 months, leaving August 16 and returning October 16, and 2 days shy of wandering 9 weeks. During that time we put 9,000 miles on the car and our bodies, traveling through 20 states, visiting 10 National Parks and as many, if not more, National Recreation Areas, Monuments and Historic Sites.

During our journey, we learned the differences between a butte, mesa, and plateau, were introduced to the Ancient Puebloans, met people from all regions of this country and citizens of the wider world. We took over 5,000 photographs that will need some serious editing but will serve as reminders of all we experienced. And, of course, we traveled the Mother Road, fulfilling a long held dream for both of us.

We were blessed with wonderful weather. Only twice did we have to deal with rain while traveling or setting up our camp and the temperature was never in the extreme.

So now we're looking to the future and what it holds. We have a house that we're making a home. Hank is celebrating his 50th college reunion next year so we'll be traveling to Holland, Michigan and Hope College. That means a side trip to Canada's Niagara Falls because that's part of our tradition when we go to Holland. Hank may also have the opportunity to travel to Beirut, Lebanon. We're excited for that possibility because he spent his junior year of college at The American University in Beirut and has always wanted to return. Marilyn is choosing to stay home. You could call it a vacation from Hank. And, God willing, we're planning on going to Alaska for our 30th wedding anniversary in 2019.

So this won't be the last wanderer's blog that we'll be writing. Don't wait with bated breath but don't be surprised either. After all, we're retired and this is a big, wonderful world. Peace and out.

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