The beginning of 2024 marked the 6 month point since I officially retired. I must admit, time has absolutely zipped by. I have managed to stay quite busy as I ease my way to the new normal. Much of July was spent in Spain, I also went to the Reno Air Races in September, we went to the Albuquerque Balloon festival in October and I did a solo bike ride from Miami to Jacksonville the first week in November. This also took place while getting my folks prepared to move to an independent living center. I did make it a point to stay connected to several of my former co-workers with lunches, dinners and even a visit back to the office. That said, once you jump off the merry go round, it continues without you not missing a beat. I do believe I jumped off at the right time. There are aspects of work I miss but I’m glad I decided on the timing I did.
So what does 2024 look like. Lots of travel planned, St Martin, southern, Italy, a few trips to Florida, Kilimanjaro climb late summer with some “practice climbing” trips, early fall and some late fall/winter trips. I will likely do some cycling trips where I will be a tour leader. Overall it will be a busy year.