And . . . we’re off!

sign postWho says Friday the 13th is an unlucky day? Last Friday (the 13th), Karen and I both officially retired and our escrow closed! The timing of each was pretty incredible.

Since at our ages we don’t have the luxury of just twiddling our thumbs, we left our beautiful home and good friends just two days later with all our earthly belongings tightly packed in a UHaul trailer and the back seat of our Tacoma. We’ll arrive in Kansas later this week to meet our new 5th wheel home. Life is exciting.

On a serious note, we both have very mixed feelings about this adventure. We love our friends and we love San Diego. But friends will always be friends, we’ll be back in San Diego every year, and we only live our lives once.

Thank you to everyone who made us feel special as we make this transition. Our school friends are extraordinary. Our Hidden Meadows end-of-the-road buddies are the best. Wendy and Steve are two-in-a-million. And our San Diego family members are, well, awesome. Thank you to everyone.

truck, trailer  adios

17 Responses to And . . . we’re off!

  1. Christopher June 12, 2014 at 20:04 #

    Hi this is Christopher from Mrs. Kings class for her last year I would like you to tell her that she was the best and favorited teacher I have ever had I that I thank her for being my teacher.

    • noah June 28, 2014 at 10:30 #

      Hi Mrs. King, this is your student noah from this year class. I will miss you so much:( I’m also going on a trip to………………..OREGON!!!!!! Hope you have a great trip!

      Your student,

  2. Flora Yuan June 16, 2014 at 09:54 #

    I will miss Mrs.King so much. She has been a wonderful teacher in 2014. She was my favorite teacher. Even though, I am happy for her, I will miss her when she is gone.

  3. Chloe June 16, 2014 at 10:02 #

    Hi Mrs.King! This is Chloe from your class this year! Have fun on your trip!

  4. Flora Yuan June 16, 2014 at 11:49 #

    Where are you going after you pick up your 5-wheeler in Kansas?

    • Jeffrey King June 16, 2014 at 15:45 #

      Our first stop will be Heber City, Utah in the Wasatch mountains for about 7 weeks to ride our tandem bicycle, hike, and get to know our new puppy. We have to figure out how to do the whole ‘retired’ thing!

      • Flora Yuan June 16, 2014 at 19:36 #

        Have you named it yet?

  5. Chloe June 16, 2014 at 17:19 #

    That sounds like so much fun! What’s your puppies name?

  6. Nancy Body June 17, 2014 at 07:53 #

    Can’t wait to follow your new journeys!

    • Jeffrey King June 21, 2014 at 19:23 #

      Hi Nancy! We’ll stay in touch. We think of you often.

  7. Chris Foster June 17, 2014 at 10:09 #

    Jeff and Karen…what a wonderful new chapter in your lives. I want to see pictures very soon..the rig, the places, etc. Have an awesome new adventure!

  8. Karen Sherman June 18, 2014 at 09:03 #

    Sorry to have missed your send off!!!! Have a great exploration over the next year and keep up with the photo organization/album

    • Jeffrey King June 21, 2014 at 19:22 #

      We’re sorry we missed you too! I’ll keep up the blog as long as people don’t get totally bored. Let’s see how it evolves.

  9. Tom June 18, 2014 at 17:26 #

    You can stop and visit us in Virginia. Love to see you. Be safe and enjoy your travels

    Tom and Patty

    • Jeffrey King June 21, 2014 at 19:20 #

      Thanks Tom and Patty. We hope everything is well with you.

  10. Harold Dorr June 18, 2014 at 17:29 #

    Jeff and Karen,

    What an enormous amount of courage both of you show! However, couldn’t you find a little bigger truck to pull that U-Haul?

    • Jeffrey King June 21, 2014 at 19:18 #

      Hi Harold! Yeah, I guess you’re right. We just put one foot in front of the other every day and hope that when things settle down, this will have proved to be a good (great?) decision. We’re just about done finding a home for all our belongings. Karen and I have been hard at it for three days. We brought everything we own to Kansas in a 6X12 UHaul trailer and I was terrified the entire way with the thought that we’d only have room for about half the stuff. But amazingly, everything fit without stuffing drawers.

      We’re at New Horizons in Junction City, Kansas for maybe four more weeks because when I pay what I did for this trailer, everything’s going to be right – and it’ll probably take them that long to do what I want. Plus some really nice folks who are also here picking up new trailers gave us some good modification ideas that we’ll have New Horizons do. The service people will be thrilled to see my taillights when we leave.

      I’m just looking forward to arriving at our first location knowing that all the initial things are done, taking a looooong deeeeeep breath, and then going on a bike ride without any big cares or concerns. Now THAT’S retired life!

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