Sharing an interesting email from a loyal reader in Minnesota, USA...


A furniture store with shrine in parking lot.
In yesterday's post we mentioned we'd received an email from a long time reader in Minnesota.  Shortly after we left Minnesota, a local publication wrote a story about our upcoming travels:  Please click here to read the article.

From the publication of that article in our home town of Chanhassen, Minnesota, we gleaned a number of new readers many who've continued to follow us to this day often writing to say hello and sharing precious morsels of local news along with their own personal stories and tidbits of information. 

Whenever hearing from readers anywhere in the world, it means so much to us. When communicating with readers from our own former small town, its adds a layer of heartwarming memories we'll always treasure as is the case when most of us are reminded of favorite places we've lived throughout our lives.

From what we've seen so far, Thai architecture isn't as distinct in local shops and buildings, although prevalent in temples.
Over these past years we've been contacted by book publishers and a variety of publications inquiring as to our interest in further promoting our story.  At this point, we have no interest in becoming "celebrities," working the book signing circuit, being on talk shows, etc.  That would totally change the nature of our experiences.

Others traveling the world in a similar manner; having no worldly possessions, no home to return to, no storage facility with "stuff," and no plans to settle anywhere in the near future is becoming more and more common in today's world as more and more people retire.

At various times we've heard from other retired couples (one as recently as a week ago) who'd made a decision to leave everything behind to travel for a designated period of time, later to settle in a location they find appealing where they'll buy, build or rent a home after they've fulfilled their dream of world travel. 

Mom and Pop type grocers are found on almost every block.
Often, for Americans, they may choose warm climates such as Arizona or Florida or prefer states with no income tax (Federal tax still applies) such as Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming. 
 
We surely understand why others eventually lose interest in continuing to travel over the long haul.  Its not easy especially as people age with more and more medical issues cropping up over time.   Plus, some may find the nuances of continually traveling cumbersome and difficult over an extended period.

Certainly, we're not exempt from these realities and undoubtedly at some point, we'll have to make big changes.  We have no delusions about this fact and have emotionally and financially prepared ourselves for this eventuality.  However, at this point, we've only enhanced our desire to continue on, health providing.

Thai massage is known throughout the world for its healing benefits.  Unfortunately, massage hasn't been beneficial for my current condition.
Anyway, after getting off track here, I return to the email we received from a loyal long time reader that joined us after reading the above mentioned newspaper article.  Over these years, she's written to us a few times much to our pleasure. 

With such communication meaning so much to us, we easily remember hearing from her and her husband, as we do for most readers who've taken the time to contact us.

Preferring to be anonymous, we avoid mentioning her name as she requested.  (Many readers who comment online prefer anonymity).  Here's what our loyal reader wrote a few days ago after which I requested and received her permission to post a portion of her email message:

Public building in the background.  We weren't able to read the sign written in the Thai language.
"Today's post (see this link) gave me a nudge to connect with you.  Several weeks ago my husband and I drove past Grizzly's, the restaurant near where you will be staying when you visit Minnesota next year.  It reminded me of your writings about abandoning the RV idea and securing a location to stay when you will be back in Minnesota. 

Ever since then I've been thinking about your upcoming stay.  I know that you will be very busy with family and friends, but I'm wondering if you would have room in your schedule to set a time when area folks who have "followed you" might get a chance to meet you just to say hello.  Even though we've never met I feel like I know you having followed your great adventures since the beginning.

I smiled when you again referenced Garage Logic today.  I shared that my husband is also a huge fan of Joe and the gang and we have had many laughs while listening to the show and their topics of the day.  One of the things we do each year on our visit to the State Fair is to get a comfortable spot at the Garage Logic broadcast booth and just hang out for a lengthy period of time listening and observing the goings on as they banter and put the show together.  It is indeed great fun."
 
We couldn't stop smiling after reading her thoughtful email.  We giggled with delight over the prospect of meeting some of our readers living in Minnesota who'd consider making the trip to get together with us as a group to share our mutual stories, experiences and dreams of world travel. 

ATMs and Seven Eleven stores are commonly found along the highways.
What a marvelous idea!  This had never entered our minds but as the time approaches, we'll certainly make several announcements here on our site with a date, time and location for the future get together. 
 
We'd love to hear feedback from our readers as to any suggestions they may have as to a good central location in the Twin Cities.  Most likely, a Friday or Saturday evening at a local restaurant will be ideal for most, perhaps even the above mentioned Grizzly's by our loyal reader whom we thank for her thoughtful suggestion.
 
Surely during the six week period we'll spend in Minnesota, we'll find an evening that works.  We'll be back in touch with a date for next June, 2017 since we'll be leaving MN shortly after the US holiday, the "4th of July" to head to Nevada for the next visit with family. 

After narrow two lanes roads in Bali, these wider roads in Phuket are easier to maneuver, especially with less traffic than in Bali.
If any of our readers are living in and near Las Vegas or Henderson, Nevada we'd be thrilled to get together with those of you interested during our three week stint in the state from July 7 to August 1, 2017.
 
Of course, this applies to any of our readers living anywhere in the world we may be visiting at any given time.  How wonderful it would be to meet some of you!

That's our story for today, dear readers.  As we've said, please don't hesitate to contact us to say hello, share a story or express a dream you may have of stepping outside the box for a new experience, whatever that may be.

Have a dreamy day!
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Photo from one year ago today, August 8, 2015:

We could easily envision a croc coming up and over this hill from the ocean to Deadman's Gully in Cairns, Australia.  For details of such an incident, please click here.

2 comments:

Tap and Margaret said...

Jessica and Tom,
I am a loyal reader (every morning) who would love to meet up with you when you are in Nevada next year (we live in Arizona). I'll keep reading for if and when such a meeting is planned for your loyal readers in the Southwest. Sounds like your back continues to improve, and very happy to read that. All the best to you two for continued "happy trails".

Jessica said...

Tap and Margaret,
How wonderful to hear from you! How generous of you to offer to come visit us in Nevada. We definitely will set something up and let you know when and where well in advance giving you plenty of time to plan. You have no idea how much this means to us, seeing our loyal readers face to face!

Thanks for writing and...for reading our posts.

Warmest regards,
Jess & Tom

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