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Old 09-12-2011, 01:42 PM
 
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Share how did you spend your retirement summer? Is it different from the rest of the year. What do those working have to look forward to having a full summer of vacation?
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Old 09-12-2011, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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My retirement summer was spent moving into a new house in a new nearby town and getting it ready to live in, plus with help putting in a small garden. Also walking the beautiful park-like campus grounds (deserted of students) with my dog, sitting at outdoor cafés reading books, and several overnight trips to Maine including Ogunquit--the gorgeous beach there. This was one of the best summers I've ever had, and I'm so grateful I don't have to work full time.
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Old 09-12-2011, 02:22 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Landscaped, gardened, sowed and reaped, cleaned the outside of the house (vinyl siding), painted all the trim, sanded, filled, stained and weather-proofed the deck, brought in front deck and back patio furniture, grilled almost all dinner meals (still do) including veggies from the garden, took day trips to beautiful and historic places, even joined friends of an evening and eagerly awaited the birth of grand baby #10 who made his appearance on the 9th of this month.

In other words, enjoyed! Ain't it a shame there's nothing to do in retirement?
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Old 09-12-2011, 02:31 PM
 
Location: High Cotton
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Lots of golf
NYC (twice)
NC mountains
SoCal, Napa, SF
Ruidoso, NM
Denver area
New Orleans
Indy race
Multiple 2-3 day road trips
Tons of day stuff like Ranger games, Dallas zoo, etc.
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Old 09-12-2011, 02:35 PM
 
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Awesome, lots of information about what retirement can and ought to be about for newbies and soon to bies
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Old 09-12-2011, 02:37 PM
 
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My retirement summer was spent moving into a new house in a new nearby town and getting it ready to live in, plus with help putting in a small garden. Also walking the beautiful park-like campus grounds (deserted of students) with my dog, sitting at outdoor cafés reading books, and several overnight trips to Maine including Ogunquit--the gorgeous beach there. This was one of the best summers I've ever had, and I'm so grateful I don't have to work full time.
I think you highlight the value of location, location and location in retirement planning.
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Old 09-12-2011, 03:19 PM
 
Location: High Cotton
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Of course retirement is year-round, not just a summer thing...
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Old 09-12-2011, 03:22 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Of course retirement is year-round, not just a summer thing...
That's the best thing about it. The worst thing? You never get a day off!
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Old 09-12-2011, 03:26 PM
 
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Envious of y'all retired people... I'm 58 and working full-time with my eye on the prize (and if it weren't for health insurance, I'd know to a day when that prize is...)
So I work. It's very humid where I live (eastern Mass.) and I much dislike humidity. I took what has tried to be an annual vacation to Colorado (or Utah- damn allergies to thistles!). It was odd weather up in the mountains- violent thunderstorms every day after about 1p into the evening, and significant humidity for that area. So I did some horseback riding if I got up early enough (not my strong suit) and bought a lot of books by local authors, and spent a lot of time reading in my gorgeous rental apartment with a view of the San Juans. Sort of like being home, but with mountains and without dogs.
Next June (early in allergy season!) I'm going to a week-long horseback riding guest ranch, and then another week back in the gorgeous apartment to visit an elderly friend who retired to that town.
Does it count, even if I'm not retired?
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Old 09-12-2011, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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The CEO & I did a 2 month, 13,000 mile Road Trip in the VetteVert...
And, the usual before, and after: chasing the ball with my golf buds, dorking around the 'yard',
bridge & pokah with my geezer card buds, riding my motorcycles, reading, keeping a close eye
on the ol'Portfolio so we can stay retired. And, wasting some time, which if one isn't careful,
can become a habit. Dunno how we ever got anything done, other than 'work stuff', before we
bailed out over a decade ago.
GL, mD
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