It’s hard to believe that it’s September … almost … and Fall is here. Of course in tropical Panama it is Paradise year-round, so no colored leaves and no fresh apple cider. No place is perfect. But, in Panama there’s also no cold weather, no slush, no snow, and in Boquete at least a perfect temperature with no heat or air conditioning, so no exorbitant electric and gas bills.
For me this 4th Quarter is shaping up to be a busy time, with lots of fall color and apple cider, and adventures to beautiful and some exotic places in the Americas.
It’s back on the 200-passenger, little ship that I think of a “my yacht with a few friends” sailing along the St Lawrence Seaway in Canada, then “Down East” to New England enjoying the spectacular fall foliage. I did these cruises on PEARL MIST with Pearl Seas Cruises last year and loved it!
Then, still in that colorful fall foliage mode, something new for me, the Columbia & Snake Rivers in Washington and Oregon on American Cruise Line’s paddle wheel boat QUEEN OF THE WEST. Pearl Cruises is a sister company of American Cruise Lines. Since my daughters went to Willamette and the University of Puget Sound we spent some time around Portland, and went out to see Multnomah Falls, and I’ve always wanted to cruise the Columbia River up through the Columbia River Gorge area. So that should definitely be exciting!
Since we’ll be following many of the footsteps of Lewis & Clark I got to do something I’ve always wanted to do, research the Corps of Discovery and the journey of Lewis & Clark and put it together in a lecture. Can’t wait to give it!
Then I’ve got a week vacation … understand the rest of this is all work … in Seattle with my daughter & her family. The highlight of that is that I get to take my grand kids trick or treating!
Then it’s fly back to dear old Ft. Lauderdale, to get back on “my yacht” … and it really does feel that way, not just for me but for every guest on board. It’s all-inclusive, the service is personal and superb, there is never a line and it’s comfortable and gracious. Staterooms all have private balconies, food is great, guests are well-educated and well-traveled and interesting folks. And with only 200 people on board I get to know the guests, so it’s fun. So back to Ft. Lauderdale and back to Cuba on PEARL MIST.
I admit it was a little dicey there with Trump promising to scratch Obama’s executive order that made these Cuba cruises possible. Thankfully, although Trump cancelled Obama’s policy and instituted Trump’s police, it turned out that Trump’s is the same as Obama’s, just basically a different name. Whatever. Cuba was great this past Spring and I’m eager to be back again. If you haven’t been to Cuba you must go! And go now before the giant ships turn it into another Nassau, St Martin, or St Thomas.
So it’s been hectic putting all of this together but it is, as they say, “in the can” and ready to go. Then it’s home for Christmas & New Years, and likely back to sea again for the first months of 2018.
As you, hopefully, know our beautiful home and little coffee farm is for sale. Since I’ve written the book ESCAPE TO PARADISE about moving to Panama, people always want to know why? Isn’t Panama paradise? Don’t you already have the ideal retirement? And, “yes” to both questions. However, as I plunge into the “Fourth Quarter” and I have all these opportunities, I want to see as much of the world as possible. I thought, I think correctly, that it was a good idea to stick close to home this summer, hence Canada, New England, the Pacific Northwest and Cuba. But things will change: they always do. The ships will be back in the Holy Land, Egypt, the Black Sea, the Med, Asia, and I want to go. With the amount of time I can travel, I want to be able to lock and leave, and I want my wife, Nikki, to be able to come along. All of that means that after 13 years its time to downsize and move on to our next adventure. Whether that will be in Panama, the States, or somewhere else remains to be seen. Stay tuned! In the meantime, help me find the right folks to take over our beautiful Paradise in Panama.