Shortly after I retired, I caught a bug. I think the bug was always there, but it was dormant. Since retiring, the bug has gotten stronger with every year. I think that now it is at its strongest.
You see, I caught the travel bug. No, it isn't the result of travelling, rather, it causes travelling. After I retired, I was content with one trip a year and a visit to my son in Seattle. Sometimes I combined the two trips - driving cross country and ending with a visit in Seattle. One year, I took the train to Seattle, that was a good way to visit my son and also try a train trip.
Now, the travel bug seems to have gotten out of control. This year I have two trips, plus my trip to Seattle along with one or two short driving trips. So far, I've already booked two trips for next year.
These trips don't help me meet my goal of visiting every presidential home/library. So far, I've visited four - Kennedy, Truman, Teddy Roosevelt and Eisenhower. As you can see, my visits have been bi-partisan.
I think I should cut back on the big trips and concentrate on the presidential trips. I could cover three presidents in Texas (LB Johnson and GHW Bush and GW Bush), then another year to California for Reagan and Nixon. Washington and Jefferson could be covered in a road trip.
Guess I better get busy making arrangements for these trips before I hear about another big trip. Do I hear any volunteers for cat sitting?