I have just returned from a 16-day, 10 states (I think—Did I pass through Delaware or New Hampshire?), 2 provinces, and 2 countries Retirement Vacation, in a car, by myself!
Sally went to West Virginia, in the meantime, for a cousin’s wedding. My parents would have been appalled at the idea of separate vacations. It works for us. We enjoy being together, but being independent also works for us. She had quality time with members of her family, and I had quality time with members of my family. (Note: Since our youngest daughter, Julie, lives a long way from South Carolina, in Boston, with her husband Tom, Sally and I intentionally visit her on separate occasions each year so she will have more annual contacts with her family than she would have if we both went at the same time. That has worked out well for our family.)
First night was in Princeton, New Jersey, one of my favorite places. Dinner at the Yankee Doodle Tavern which boasts an original mural by Norman Rockwell. Princeton is a walker’s paradise, so I walked the first evening and again the next morning before driving into New York City. Within a few miles of the room on Princeton Seminary campus where I stayed, I saw deer and crossed a swinging bridge in the middle of some woods.