2014---A YEAR ON THE ROAD


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January 9th 2015
Published: January 9th 2015
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How is it that 2014 flew by in the blink of an eye? And now here it is 2015 and that means it’s time to go on a world cruise.

We disembarked the Silver Whisper in Hong Kong last February and after a week’s stay in an apartment, we flew to California to drop off our cruise clothes and then on to Florida. We had left our van in Ft Myers in December 2014 and we were going back to pick it up and drive home. What had intended to be a one month trip turned into a seven month journey. Over that time period we rented houses in four places on the Florida west coast. Against everyone’s advice, we ended up spending the summer there and enjoyed it very much. Every house we rented had its own swimming pool and screened-in lanai. So we were able to avoid the Florida bugs and keep cool in the pool. It was great exploring the off-shore islands like Boca Grande and Gasparilla and beach combing for sharks teeth and sand dollars. We spent many lovely days with our good friends, Sue and Curt, boating on the warm waters of the Gulf of
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Karen, Dan, Susan, Kevin, Susie, Arnie, Jeannie
Mexico.

We had a great LaGraff family reunion in Rotonda West in June and in the process made plans for a bigger family reunion in 2015 in the same area. In August we started driving north up the Ohio Valley and ending on the shores of Lake Ontario. It was Kevin’s 50th De Sales High School reunion in Lockport, New York. It was endless fun seeing all the old classmates and traipsing down memory lane. A boat cruise through the locks of the Erie Canal was fascinating and harbor hopping on Lake Ontario with Brad and Judy was perfect for us water loving people.

We took a side trip to Niagara Falls and met up with world cruise friends, Hilda and Jarmo. Such a beautiful spot and we had a bird’s eye view from our hotel of the thundering falls.

Then it was time to start the drive west to California. We spent several days in Des Moines with Atkins sisters and spouses for a mini-reunion and then made our way across Kansas to visit my school mates, Sandy and Mike and another cruise friend, Mary in her beautiful home in Russell.

We also made stops
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Pool, grill and cage... Perfect!
in Vail to see my niece Julie, and visit with Ted and Joanne in Carbondale, CO. We spent our last night of the cross-country drive with the Carlisles at Lake Tahoe. So after 11 months on the road we returned to our home on the water, the m/v Mana...just in time to enjoy the SF Giants’ great run to the World Series Championship. Our Honda Odyssey ran smoothly for the 8,500 mile road trip around the USA.


November and December found us at our house in Pacific Grove. Our renter Gladys had recently moved out so we did a modified remodel of our circa 1898 Victorian and caught up with friends on the Monterey Peninsula.

Answering the call of the sea, we boarded the Silver Whisper in Los Angeles for a 115 day cruise leaving on 1/5/15. After circumnavigating the globe, we will complete our 15th world cruise ending in Ft Lauderdale on 5/1/15. We hope 1s and 5s are our lucky numbers this year.

Please join us on our blog as we round the earth visiting 50 ports in 30 countries and crossing the great oceans of the world
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Curt and Sue in Ft Myers
on a beautiful ship. We’re looking forward to an exciting adventure.


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Fruits from the yard.
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VAN & WIMBERLY

With friend at home in Atlanta
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Carissa and Eric with their newborn son
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Dan and Karen's new playground in Chattanooga
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Knoxville, TN
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Niagara Falls, Canada
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Olcott Beach, NY
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233 Lock St, Lockport NY
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Erie Barge Canal, Lockport
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Des Moines reunion
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BOB, MATT, TIM, KEVIN

Band of Brothers (in law)
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8,500 mile road trip around the USA
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Russell, KS
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Rocky Mountain High
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Colorado cruising friends
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Beautiful state
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Caught outside the Golden Gate Bridge
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Home of world champion San Francisco Giants
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Our Pacific Grove,CA home built in 1898
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A lovely vessel


9th January 2015

Catching up
Hi Kevin and Susan...so wonderful to hear from you. I'm sorry we missed you on your trek this summer. We are in South Carolina. Have a fabulous cruise...it looks a,azing. We just returned from a regent cruise...Dubai to Capetown. It was great the Indian ocean is so beautiful. Happy sailing...smooth seas...happy new year!
9th January 2015

Glad your Back
We are at sea on the First leg of Silver Seas World cruise good start !!@!!!!
9th January 2015

Hello
Hi Susan and Kevin, You have had quite a year and we enjoyed reading about your travels around the USA! Have a WONDERFUL WC and please tell our friends on board we said hello and are thinking of them daily. We wish all a safe, healthy, and fun venture! Enjoy and we look forward to your blogs.
10th January 2015
MARY

Mary, you're looking good!
Larry and I have sailed with Mary and Vic several times beginning around 2002 and enjoying many dinners together, trivia games and shopping trips ashore where they helped us figure out the local currency and endeared themselves to us in many ways. Stay well, dear friends!
10th January 2015

Bon Voyage
Good to see a photo of Hilda and Jarmo. Have a great WC on the Silver Whisper. Look forward to following you and your adventures. Best, Larry
10th January 2015

WELCOME BACK
Kevin and Susan, It is great to hear from you again. It had been such a long time that I was worried one of you was ill. No cruises planned this year, but one never knows if something interesting pops up we could be on it. I envy you your globe trotting/sailing. I thought you lived on a house boat in California when not sailing. I love that you still have family reunions and envy you that. I'm so impressed that you make life-long friends of those you meet and greet onboard. That says a lot about your personalities. Keep me updated on your stops and adventures and hopefully in the near future we will meet up again. Fondly, Rich and Lynda Thorpe
10th January 2015

Wishing you a wonderful voyage!
11th January 2015

A Happy New Year
Thank you for your lovely blog again. We are admire your continuous adventures in the sea and on the road around the world. It is very hard to think about for Japanese 8500 miles road trip around the USA. Please continue the exiting another exciting adventure with a beautiful ship "Silver Whisper", Bonvoyage! Masa and Miyoko
12th January 2015

WOW!
Hey Susan & Kevin! What a wonderful 2014 you had, & it sounds like 2015 is going to be just as special. We are going to Munich & Berlin April 22 - May 5 to celebrate Bobby's 70th! Most fondly, Mary Ann & Bobby
14th January 2015

Good Morning,
How good to see another blog at sea from you two again. I'm envious as always! Just now getting info on the inaugural of the new Regent in 2016. Would really like to do that!? Laurie Macewan is sailing now from Africa to Singapore. My next trip is March 1 on the Oasis for a wk's bridge cruise from Ft. Lauderdale. Are there a lot of repeat cruisers from your last trip? Just got caught up w/ Annette and Doug at the Monterey Bridge Regional--fun to see them as always. Have a grand voyage!
25th January 2015

One Day
Sitting here on our boat, reading your recap of 2014 and gazing at the stars projected by the clever art given to us by our Mana neighbors, I'm wondering aloud, "When do we get to be Kevin and Susan?"

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