Terri and Chuck Gafford


Terri and Chuck Gafford

Welcome to our "Travel4Two" blog. We love to travel and have many destinations on our bucket list. So little time...but our suitcases are ready to go! Feel free to follow along!

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana September 23rd 2014

Up early for breakfast with a multitude of travelers (at least a dozen tour buses in the parking lot), we were on our way at 7:30 a.m. After a short stop, we arrived in Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, for a walking tour with a local guide and lunch on our own. We met our guide at the entrance to Zagreb's gothic Catholic cathedral (dates back to 1093), the tallest building in Croatia. The city is located on the southern slopes of the Medvednica mountains and has an abundance of historic buildings. We were amazed by the gothic-style Church of St. Marcus (13th century) with its roof of glass tiles featuring the city's coat of arms. With a goal to wander the streets and markets, we opted for a picnic of sandwiches on the square. And we had ... read more
Typical Housing
Zagreb Cathedral
Beautiful Fountain

As we left Sarajevo in the rain, we learned that Bosnia-Herzegovina has 3 simultaneously-serving presidents, 14 parliaments and 212 political parties. Boggles the mind. We traveled north today through villages, towns and fields on what we would call 'back roads' and enjoyed some beautiful scenery. It amazed us how many people on the bus were ignoring the scenery to instead play video games or read books. Why go on a tour? A mid-morning stop at river-side Motel 9 and Restaurant gave us time to stretch our legs and discover a unique vehicle before continuing north, and lunch at a road-side restaurant allowed us to indulge in delicious Ćevapi kebabs one more time. Shortly after lunch, we experienced another passport-scrutinizing stop at the shared border between Croatia and BiH. Several miles before we reached the checkpoint, we ... read more
Plitvice Park Hike
Awesome Views
Cascades and...

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina September 21st 2014

We never expected to have an opportunity to see Bosnia-Herzegovina, and yet here we are! After breakfast, the Cosmos bus drove us back along the Dalmatian Coast and then cut inland at the border crossing. It's here where we step off the bus for passport inspection by officials from both Croatia and B-H. Forty-three passports are scrutinized and twice-stamped, and we continue on a scenic drive through the Neretva Valley to Mostar We enjoyed a mid-day visit in Mostar where a local guide took us on a tour of a traditional Turkish home (with a welcoming family!) and for a visit to the oldest mosque. Mostar's 16th-century Ottoman bridge over the River Neretva is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina's most recognizable landmarks and one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture in the Balkans. The ... read more
Igor and Osman
'Horticulture' Building

Europe » Croatia September 20th 2014

Visting Postojna Caves in Slovenia, first opened to the public in 1819, we rode an underground train for more than 3 miles and learned that, during World War II, German occupying forces used the cave to store nearly 1,000 barrels of aircraft fuel, which were destroyed in April 1944 by Slovene Partisans. The fire burned for a week and destroyed a large portion of the cave and blackening the entrance. It seems everywhere we travel in Europe we learn more about WWII. Millions visit these caves annually. We traveled south out of Slovenia and over the Velebit mountain range to Zadar for an overnight stay. En route, we learned Croats arrived in the area of present-day Croatia in the 7th century AD. They were dominated by the Venetians for centuries, followed by lengthy Austrian/Hungarian rule. In ... read more
Postojna Caves
Active Land Mine Field
Crikvenica, Croatia

Europe » Slovenia » Upper Carniola » Ljubljana September 17th 2014

Smooth overnight air travel allowed for a bit of sleep, and we arrived in Ljubljana early afternoon on Monday. We had no trouble at all finding an ATM and a shuttle to the City Center hotel in Old Town. A short 30-minute ride, we checked into a comfortable room and crashed for a good 3-hour afternoon nap, highly recommended by grandson William. :) In 50 BC, the Romans built a military encampment on the site named Emona. The name became ‘Ljubljana’ and was first used in the year 14 A.D. (when Jesus was a teenager), and the city is celebrating its 2000thanniversary. In 452, it was destroyed by Attila the Hun and subsequently dominated by the Franks and suffered frequent Magyar raids. By 1524, wooden buildings became forbidden for obvious reasons, and 10% of its buildings ... read more
Franciscan Church of the Annunciation
School Excursion
Triple Bridge, Old Town

North America » United States » Wisconsin » Appleton January 1st 2014

Nine weeks since surgery! It's time for the last update. Chuck graduated from his twice-weekly physical therapy sessions on December 13th, achieving ranges of 3-129 (left) and 3-130 (right), exceeding Mark's (his P.T.) goals! X-rays followed graduation, and those knees are straight! And the pain is GONE! The work is not done. Chuck continues to exercise twice each day to maintain his great ranges and to improve balance, muscle strength and stamina. The photos tell the story, and with Packers' outside linebacker Clay Matthews out with his broken thumb, Chuck's working on his lateral moves. 2014 is filled with blessings! It's already a Happy New Year with new knees and a new outlook. Thank you for your prayers and encouragement! (Five more photos appear below the video.) ... read more
More Lunges
Strengthening Extensions

North America » United States » Wisconsin » Appleton December 2nd 2013

Starting week #5, we continue to give thanks! Chuck's stitches are gone! The knee-high compression socks are tossed, and today is the first day he's fully off prescription pain medication. With just 3 daily servings of Advil, his pain level is down to a 3 or 4 out of a high of 10. Physical therapy session #9 this afternoon went very well. Flexion ranges fluctuate but still remain remarkable: Left knee, 3-129; right knee, 4-132! Ultimate goal is 0-135 degrees on each knee. The photos give you an idea of how Chuck is rehabbing for his new dance moves and scaffolding-climbing adventure next summer in Hungary on our Thrivent Builds Worldwide trip. His P.T. Mark doesn't slack off in the torture chamber, and Chuck continues to grit his teeth, fight back the tears and say, "More, ... read more
Lateral Lunge
Soaring Eagle
Straight-Leg Raise with Quad Set

North America » United States » Wisconsin » Appleton November 12th 2013

All the hard work is paying off, because Chuck found out this afternoon at physical therapy that his flexion ranges are improving. Joy, joy, joy! Here's a happy camper enjoying zurek and kielbasa for lunch. Last week, his left knee had a range of 10-111 degrees and today it is 9-114; the right knee was 8-109 and today it is 7-112. He's working his knees as frequently as possible while trying to manage the pain to a bearable level. Mark, his P.T., shared some encouraging news -- a patient of his who had replacements last April (now almost 8 months later) still does not have the ranges Chuck has already achieved only 12 days after surgery! Here's a close-up of his nicely-healing incisions. Sutures come out on Friday! And for some proof that his knees are ... read more

North America » United States » Wisconsin » Appleton November 3rd 2013

It's a beautiful Sunday, and the fall colors are toward the end of their peak. Families of geese are determined to head south, and we're jealous. So, this became "let's get mobile" day! And only 3 days after surgery, Chuck walks! And he goes up a step! What a difference a day makes! With this absolutely incredible progress, there's a real hope he will be released to go home tomorrow to begin the next leg of his journey! God's Healing Hands are certainly on Chuck. He is so good, always and in all ways! Thank you all for your continued prayers!... read more

North America » United States » Wisconsin » Appleton November 2nd 2013

Transition Day started with a breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, whole wheat toast, orange juice and decaf coffee. Physical Therapist (PT) Erin arrived at 8:30. Occupational Therapist (OT) Carrie arrived at 11 o'clock. And PT Erin was back at 1 o'clock. Everyone put Chuck through his paces today! The quad pain block "balls" were removed, along with the full-leg Ace wraps and the bandages, and we got a good look at his new knees. They are straight! One major milestone was met today -- Chuck stood for a full 5 minutes, with help from three assistants here. He was shaky and wobbly, to be expected since his quads are still sleepy. At about 4 minutes, he was getting bold and let go of the walker. That didn't last long -- thank goodness! Chuck learned how to ... read more
Rising to New Heights
Erin Braces Chuck's Knees
Quads are Still Sleeping

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