We both travelled and worked in Spain, which is where we first met, back in 1972. Things back then were quite different, no plastic card banking or internet to smooth the way.
Our travels were put on hold for a few years whilst we brought up our two children. They now spend large chunks of their life exploring the world.
Now in our mid to late 50's we decided it was time we took up travelling again and this time write our own travel blog. Hope it can compete with the younger generations.
We chose the nickname 'still crazy' because I guess that's what we are, still crazy. We completed three six week long stints backpacking around S.E. Asia and several 2 week holidays. In November 2010, however, we took the huge step of packing in our jobs to go and travel for 4 months meaning we would completely miss most of the British winter.
At the moment S.E.Asia is still right at the top of our list of favourite places to visit but we plan to do much more exploring around the world as soon as we can.
It's now in Feb 2013, we have done another 4 month trip in S.E. Asia and a 3 month trip to California followed by another 2 month trip to California from which we've only just returned.
Time to plan the next trip!
July 17th 2013
As a ‘one off’ we changed the way we travel, we booked an 'all inclusive' late deal to Rhodes, Greece. Reason? After 5 months of being back home my feet were beginning to get that itchy feeling, we needed some more travel and until the schools break up for the summer there are some fantastic deals out there so we decided to snap one up. We’ve never gone for all-inclusive holidays before as we tend not to hang about around the hotel complex but this was a deal too good not to miss. We were a little apprehensive as you tend to get what you pay for in life and we had read some bad reviews on the hotel. We needn’t have worried we got lucky and were allocated one of the best rooms in the ... read more
January 25th 2013
Our time in the States has almost come to an end, we have just 5 days left. When we booked to come for the months of December and January we had no idea really what kind of weather we were going to experience all we knew was that we wanted to get away from our terrible weather in England for a while. Well we certainly did that, although we have had a few days when the temperature dipped and we needed to wear coats (even a scarf one day which is usually unheard of here!) in general it has been mild or even hot. We have spent a lot of time exploring the many mountain trails here, almost to the point that we recognise all the peaks now and can honestly say that we’ve conquered most ... read more
January 2nd 2013
Happy New Year to everyone. We are still in California, enjoying the wall to wall sunshine. We have seen some rain but nothing compared to back in the UK. Enjoying spending time with Sharon, Scott and of course new granddaughter Kyla who is changing every day. She is really beginning to play now helped by her numerous Christmas Presents. We hiked to the top of Montecito Peak,3,200, ft on Friday, one of the highest peaks around here. We stood on the top picking out trails for future walks, the views were fantastic and we were amazed at the colourful wild shrubs growing up there. We have been putting lots of photos on facebook as they load faster than on this site but for those who do not do facebook I will add some here. Once again, ... read more
December 22nd 2012
Merry Christmas to everyone! Well another year has almost come to an end. It’s been quite an eventful year for us, out of 12 months we’ve only actually spent 4 months in Britain. In January we set of to travel around S.E. Asia for 4 months then in June we came to California just in time for the birth of our first grandchild. We stayed for 3 months watching her grow from a newborn into a little person and also helping with the new house renovations. Gary and Milena joined us for our last two week there and we all enjoyed a real family reunion. At the end of November we returned to California to catch up with Sharon, Scott and Kyla. We will be here until the end of January hopefully missing the worst of ... read more
September 8th 2012
Time to relax and enjoy our last week here before returning home. Gary and Milena had joined us so that was as good a reason as any to stop working. We spent the week at the harbour, in downtown Santa Barbara, on the beach and trips to the mountains, not to mention time chilling out by the pool and BBQ's on the patio. There were two tricky moments, one was when we narrowly missed stepping on a rattlesnake sunning itself across the path and a sign warning us of a great white shark sighting just up the coast but it was fine we swam in the pool insread! One night we joined Tom and Wanda at an Italian Restaurant for a final family meal together. A few days later Gary and Milena took off on a ... read more
September 6th 2012
Still lots of back tracking to do but for those of you not interested in house renovations and baby photos- look away now. I know this isn't strictly a 'travel blog' but we are half way round the world and many of our friends and family are interested to see what we've been doing here and to see how Kyla is growing up. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Once the birthday celebrations were out of the way we needed to start getting the house fit to live in. Gary and Milena were due to join us in one weeks time and would be staying in the house. Stan and I decided to move in giving us more time to do the finishing off jobs. We took a mattress from Sharon's appartment and added a few upturned boxes which was all ... read more
August 30th 2012
The day began with window fitters invading the place, two in the master bedroom, two in the guest bedroom and two fitting new mirrored closet doors. Not an ideal place for a baby and not a good day to celebrate a special birthday but 'the work must go on' as they say so after a morning walking Kyla around the complex in her 'Bob' to avoid the noise we were glad to see the workmen clear out leaving us to start the big clean up job. Sharon had been out much of the morning shopping for a very special occasion, it was Stan's 65th birthday and we were planning to celebrate it in style with a Bar B Q on the patio. A new patio table and chairs and a spanking new gas Bar B Q ... read more
August 11th 2012
Lompoc. 11thAugust 2012 When anyone of our generation thinks of America they tend to think of the big flash cars that were so famous back in the fifties and sixties. A few Saturdays after getting the keys to the new Condo we were more than ready for a break. We’d heard good reports about the coastal town of San Luis 0bsipo to the north of Santa Barbara along highway 1 so decided we’d give it a try. Feeling a bit jaded from lack of sleep (we’d forgotten how difficult new born babies can be!) we set off. In no time at all we felt a great desire to get out of the car and into some fresh air so we stopped at a bay we saw sign posted off the main road. From the Cliffside above ... read more
August 4th 2012
Santa Barbara has a Spanish feel to it, whitewashed houses with red tile rooves, colourful tiles adorn many of the shops and buildings. Many of the streets have Spanish sounding names. This week, however, the Spanish theme really took over with music, art and Flamenco dancing on the streets. All culminating with the children's parade on State Street today. Children of all ages took to the the parade adorned in colourful costumes and danced their way down State Street to the sound of castinets etc. Unfortunately we haven't managed to see much of the festivities as we've all been busy working on Sharon and Scott's new house. They got the keys 2 weeks ago and since then it's been all systems go. The complex is really nice though and towards the end of each day we ... read more
July 23rd 2012
September 17th 2012 I am sitting on a Delta Airlines writing this blog, it’s the first time I’ve had a minute to myself for ages!! In a few hours, five, to be exact, we will be home in Manchester. I had wondered whether to write travel blogs this time as we were not actually travelling but several friends requested that they wanted to ‘follow us’ so to speak. We have spent the last couple of months helping to renovate Sharon and Scott’s new condo so there was little time to write blogs. In between renovations, however, we took odd days off to explore the surrounding area, so now I have a lot of backtracking to do. Appologies for clogging up your in box if you don't want to keep getting links now we're back home but ... read more