Travel Highlights of 2013

This was my first full year of retirement.  All my life I dreamed of traveling when I retired, and certainly God granted my every wish.   When I didn’t get travel, Manny did, so I have many wonderful pictures and memories for 2013.

Manny in Wuerzburg

On January 5th Manny and I headed south in my little green Prius that has 192,000 miles on it to San Diego where we met the History Girls.  We met Russel Ray, the San Salvador, and the bronze lady.  We faced peril in the Railroad Museum, and had to keep Manny under control in the Botanical Gardens.

Manny on San Salvador
Manny is climbing on the San Salvador as it is being built.

Later in January I attended a committee meeting in Berkeley and had time to walk around the neighborhood and take pictures.

Manny walking the streets of Berkeley

I went to Los Angeles to visit my friend Elane in February and so some shopping and serious eating.  I probably visited my dentist, Dr. Moy, as well.

Brian's classroom

In March California Council for the Social Studies (CCSS) held its annual conference, Social Studies on the March in Burlingame in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Marches in Birmingham.  SFW 2013 Folklorico Dancers 036

The next week the History Girls and I celebrated our friendship in Costa Mesa attending the play “Wicked,” which I had wanted to see forever.

getting made up
We all had to wear green make-up.

April is the month for the Executive Conference for CCSS.  As the President, I got to pick the place, and Vince prepared our house to host it here.  However, that didn’t work out for too many people, so we it moved to Los Angeles to the location where our conference will be held in 2014 at the Sheraton.

LA Sheraton

By May our neighbors wondered if I still lived here.  I visited my friend Elane again in Los Angeles.

Brian's classroom

My friend Jean and I went to San Francisco to celebrate her birthday for a couple of days and did walking tours.

Hotel Beresford

Towards the end of the month Vince and I took Cindy and Manny to Kauai, HI for her birthday.  The dogs watched our homes, and Kay and Mike East watched them.

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We arrive home from Hawaii on June 3, and believe it or not, we stayed home until September 11, and rested up for the remainder of the year which made us dizzy.

Manny and Danny 3

Since we stayed home, we sent Manny to visit Ralph in July.

Manny going to airport

In August he left Ralph’s home in Spain, and traveled to London with Ute.

Manny at Buck palace

From September through November he went with Carol and Glenn to Cologne, Bruges, Brussels, Frankfurt, Tasmania, Toowoomba, Waterloo, and Wuerzburg.  I’ll be doing lots of posts about these trips during the year.  I just need to learn a little bit more about them, and Manny is being rather tight-lipped about the events of the trip!  Carol tells me they have some secrets they’re not telling me.  🙂

Manny in Toowoomba

Then he flew home with their daughter Melissa, who was going to Florida.  She sent him home from there.  His bags arrived in December from Australia.  He had fun showing us all his stuff.

Manny and stuff
Kalev thought Roo was for her. We caught her playing with him when we weren’t looking. She never plays with stuffed animals, but she loves Roo. We had to move him. 🙂

By September Vince and I contracted the travel bug, and went to Oregon to pick up the best Ebay bargain trailer on the market in Southern Oregon.  We turned it into our accidental vacation when our truck broke down in Klamath, CA.

Klamath Canon288

Manny was still on the road, so he missed my next trip.  A week after Vince and I got back from our first trailer trip, I took a train from Sacramento to Portland, Oregon to attend the Oregon Council for the Social Studies annual conference, and to meet my brother.

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After the conference my brother took the train ride of our lives going first to Chicago, then to South Bend and Indianapolis, IN for a week.

Randy and Marsha's elementary school.
Randy and Marsha’s elementary school.

After a short jaunt to Louisville, KY, I headed home on a plane to CA, and my brother took the long way home by train back to Portland.

Louisville Sluggers

Almost immediately I had to go to a dental appointment, and stayed in Santa Monica, an took the opportunity to visit our President-Elect, Amanda.

SFW Santa Monica155r

No sooner than I got home than my house-bound husband wanted to take a trailer trip to the coast for two weeks.  We stayed a week, then he went home for some appointments. I stayed in Avila by myself to write my contribution to 2013 NaNoWriMo, Girls on Fire.  A few days later he drove back and picked the trailer and me up and carried us back home.

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Less than two weeks after that, I flew St. Louis, MO to the 2013 National Council for the Social Studies Conference.

The Mississippi in Missouri
The Mississippi in Missouri

Manny and I arrived home about the same day, him from Australia via Florida and me from MO.  It was my husband’s birthday, and one week later the three of us got back on a plane heading for Honolulu, HI, where we spent a week in Waikiki.

Bishop Museum 122r

We have been home eighteen days, and today we took a day trip to the coast to celebrate our friend, Margaret’s birthday, but I think we are going to stay home for a while now.

birthday cake with S & M

At least until morning.  🙂

I’d love to hear about your highlights from the year?








Author: Marsha

Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. For thirty-five years, I lived in the most beautiful area in Central Valley of California in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains minutes from the Sequoia National Park. As a child I moved from Indiana to Oregon. With my first husband I moved from Oregon to Colorado to California. Every time we moved, it hurt so much to leave friends. I never wanted to move again. After Mark passed, I married again. I told Vince that I could never budge from my roots in California. He said he loved the high desert. I don't think he ever thought he would realize his dream. In November, 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

35 thoughts on “Travel Highlights of 2013”

  1. Manny, you’re some privilege bear – all those places …. I’m so envy – and all the nice hotels you have been checked into. Amazing year, I thought I was mad about travelling … but you are a real jetsetter.
    My travel highlights from travelling this year hasn’t been that many …. NYC is always very exciting – and then Belfast, you would love Belfast … and Dublin is never wrong neither.
    Next year there will be a lot more travelling if my sorry ass let me.
    Thanks for sharing your fantastic year …. I think you should concentrate this year on finding a girlfriend …. Always nice to have somebody special as travel mate. Good luck … and I wish you only the Best for 2014,


  2. Highlights of 2013? Hmmm. I met someone. Didn’t work out. Met a couple of bloggers. AnElephant and Ute. That was great. Nowhere near as exciting as yours and Manny’s year though 🙂


    1. It’s hard to beat Manny’s year! He travels lighter than you and I do! 🙂 Much of my travel was for work, and I have a time share, which I used extensively this year. 🙂 I’m sorry your someone didn’t work out. It is hard to find someone who is a perfect fit. 🙂 Bloggers around the world love you, though. 🙂


      1. That someone lied to me. Wouldn’t even give me her proper name. Seemed she was already seeing someone as well. I get that a lot lol

        Wouldn’t it be nice to be like Manny and just get packed inside a suitcase and leave.


        1. Actually, even Manny is too big for his suitcase, but he did have some wonderful things in his suitcase, including a thumb drive with all his Europe pictures. I’m sorry about your girl. You deserve the best. God bless for a great New Year. Marsha 🙂


  3. Wow- what a great year and some terrific places! All best for 2014! I still seem to think the year begins in Sept. and ends in June.. with a bit of time off in between. Take the teacher out of the classroom, but can’t take the school year out of the teacher, I suppose. Highlights of 2013? A new grandson, my daughter’s college graduation, weekend in London, lots of biking.. I guess I better write a post!


  4. What a wonderful year it’s been for you & Manny!
    May 2014 bring you lots more smiles & lots of great times. 🙂
    My 2013 – in summary…Where did the year go?


  5. We travelled to Grande Prairie, AB for a job interview for hubby & to Calgary & back to pick up my daughter for a short visit. This is all the travelling we did this year. I am much more housebound now due to a recent diagnosis of COPD.


    1. I’m so sorry about the COPD. My first husband had that, among many ailments. My mother also, but she still lived to be 80, 20 years with very little of her heart functioning. (5-10%) believe it or not. Life is an amazing gift. Hope your 2014 is wonderful. 🙂


  6. Wow my friend !! What differing adventures you all had !! I feel that I am permanently on holiday in Spain with my highlight being Manny & Ute coming to stay for a while. I hope to venture afield next year 😀 Big hug. Ralph xox 😀


    1. Hi MFR, I feel disconnected since I haven’t blogged in a whole week. You are on permanent holiday, and keep us over here in the US in stitches with your funniness. Manny said it was his privilege to come to Spain. It was a highlight for us, too. You and Ute have become such good friends. We love you. Happy New Year, Ralph. 🙂 xox RVBFM


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