Hershey, Pennsylvania

Day 1790

       Our last camping trip. We are in Hershey, Pennsylvania to attend our granddaughter’s wedding. Since we are helping with the wedding, no time to sightsee, or even to eat a Hershey bar. 

       We have been traveling for 4.9 years full time. It has actually been 5 years and 8 months, but we did not count the time in our driveway over the years and not actually traveling. 

       Our original plan was to travel a minimum of 5 years to justify the cost of a new RV as opposed to a used one. Our thoughts were to reevaluate after 5 years and hopefully continue until our health forced us to stop. However, with the China Virus closing some State borders to us and sites, like museums and other public places being closed, our travel destinations have become limited. We have travelled to 37 states including Alaska, 3 Canadian Providences and 1 Canadian Territory. We were going to Hawaii, but they haven’t finished the bridge. We have been to the Arctic Circle and back.

       Our plan after giving up RVings was to move into a retirement community, like Oak Crest as both our parents did, to conveniently live out the remainder of our lives. My mother actually signed us up on the wait list 10 years ago. Barbara wasn’t too wild about Oak Crest, and we have been leisurely looking at other facilities.

       We returned to Maryland last December for my father’s 100th birthday (he past the following month).  We couldn’t leave Maryland because of the virus, so we spent some time looking at old age homes. We had a list of requirements that the home must possess. While touring a facility in Hunt Valley, Maryland, we were informed that they had 30 people on their wait list (they had to wait for others to die to make room). While showing us one of the display units, we realized that the unit had everything on our list. It was perfect. In making inquires on availability, we were, to our surprise, told it was immediately available. The previous owners recently passed (died) and the unit was offered to the 30 people on the wait listed, who were not interested in this unit. We took it on the spot.The next day one of the 30 people on the wait list changed their mind and said they wanted that unit, but were told “sorry, it was now taken.”

       So, as of September 20, 2021 we will be living in an old age ghetto. We are selling the Sphinx if you are interested. 

Technical Stuff:

Cambridge, Ohio to Hershey, Pennsylvania: 115.6 miles

4 hours 7 minutes

9.6 MPG

Diesel: $2.80 

13 thoughts on “Hershey, Pennsylvania

  1. Glad to hear that you found something to your liking. I am making do in a golf community (country club) in Boca Raton, Fl., as I cannot do the cold temps anymore. 25 years at the car wash suffering through some rough winters did me in. Are you settling in Broadmead? We looked there before we decided to move south. They have some great units. Best of luck to the both of you, and stay well. Missed not seeing you over the years…

  2. It is with a heavy heart that I wish you and Barbara the best. I’m sure it was probably the hardest decision y’all had to make over the past 4.9 years. Know that all the fellow fill timers you have met along the way have been blessed to have met and had the chance to get to know you. You are both fierce competitors in the game arena and it was always a fun time! Maybe you could start a blog from the new ghetto! Love to you both. We will sure miss you at Reunion!

  3. Wow! You’re moving in today! We’re so happy for you but of course, will miss you this year at Reunion Lake. 😞 Who will play card games with me and my Mom now? Your new neighbors don’t even know yet how lucky they are to have you.

  4. WOW!! You did it. Hard to believe it’s been almost five years.
    what a trip. Wish you and Barbara Best Wishes for your new life.

  5. Well, this makes me happy for you but sad for us! We have such great memories with you two, and now it’s time for a new chapter for all of us. Please do keep in touch. We’ll always have much to ‘catch up’ on – and maybe someday the kids & I will make it to Maryland and play rummikub!!

  6. Just realized I missed this important post probably because had just moved cross country. Congrats on Broadmead. I used to do their w/c audit and that is one great facility. So enjoyed your travels for the past four years and got great ideas for our own travels, especially Alaska. My wife and I both retired in June and moved to an over 55 community in Southern Utah. Only a little over an hour north of Vegas. 340 days of sunshine and best of all no snow. Has rained here only 3 days since August. We have been to 48 states and now that we are retired, we are heading to Hawaii and Alaska in 2022. Planning to drive to Alaska, so your blog will offer great ideas. In the interim, we are travelling to other places we haven’t been to using some of your posts over the years for cool places to go visit. Really sad to no longer read of your adventures, but happy for you all in your new home.

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