I am retired from Missouri State University, Joyce is a retired school counselor in Springfield public schools. We have a boy aged 17 and a girl aged 19 (2014) who are in school in Willard, MO.
We live in the country in a neighborhood of 5 acre plots about 6 miles from town. We have lived here since 1992. It is so beautiful out here that lots of folks don't understand why we are always wanting to travel.
We both have a Master's Degree. Mine is in Communication-speech and rhetoric. Joyce's is in education-elementary counseling. We met in Manitou Springs, CO.
We can't live without:
Good books (me)
I love Taos, NM, and Joyce loves the Colorado Rocky Mountains. She also loves ocean beaches. Me, not so much. We love to to travel and to go camping. We started with a tent that Joyce owned 35 years ago. I fianally refused to sleep on the ground and we bought an old popup camper and went through five of them before I got tired of setting them up. So, we bought a hybrd and it turned out to be more difficult to take down than the popups were and had less airy room. We decided to sell it and go out of the camping business, but a year later we bought an old C class motor home. We love it but don't go too far because it is a gas hog.
We enjoy staying at nice resorts in the east coast area, mostly in upper Florida. We also stayed at Christmas Mountain in Wisconsin, and Boyne Mountain is Michigan. We stay in Branson and at the beautiful Big Cedar Wilderness Club south of Branson. It is a flagship of Bluegreen because Johnny Morris of Bass Pro Shop fame had it built adjacent to his Big Cedar Resort and owns half of it.
We have been married for 33 years. I am 72 and Joyce will be 62 in November. We adopted our children when I was 55 after fostering them. Katarina came to us when she was 16 months old. We picked up Justin at the hospital when he was four days old, and adopted them five years later. Don't adopt children when you are in your 50's unless you really, really love them.
I have two developmentally disabled sons who are twins aged 43 from a prior failed marriage. Both of my sons are in Springfield and have not seen their mother for many years. I take them to lunch on Saturdays and they come out weekends once in a while as well as birthdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
I believe that we are ok guests having been on Airbnb trips only two times. We stayed with Donna in her beautiful home in Maryland for a week while touring Washington. Donna was a wonderful host. We stayed on the second floor of her house and really enjoyed her and her kitty cats. She and I stayed up late to watch TV and talk politics. Fortunately, we were on the same page!
On that same trip we spent a week in Bluegreen's Atlantic Tower in Atlantic City. After that we stayed in Myra's apartment in New York, NJ, having a wonderful time across the river in NYC for a week. We did not meet Myra, but the people who actually owned the flat lived next door and they were really great. They even gave their garage up for us because parking was such an issue.
That was all the summer before Sandy.
We most always travel with Joyce's sister, Carol, and her husband, Jim who live in Moline, IL, where Joyce was born and grew to adulthood. Joyce went with her family to trace their origins in Belguim this summer and Jim stayed with me and Justin--that broke the tradition of traveling together. We are, however, going to the keys together next summer for a week in Marathon in a Bluegreen resort. After that we are going to work ourselves up to Philly staying with Airbnb there and on the way up the coast.
Last October Joyce and I went to Tennessee while Carol and Jim stayed with our children and dogs. We plan to go to Colorado this October.
Anyone who know me knows that I love people and talk tooooo much; therefore, I will leave for now hoping to vist with you in the future.