About Us

Hi, we are John and Janice Wilson, now living in Florida. Janice was in software engineering business for over 40 years working for IBM, Citrix Systems and Sun Microsystems.  Highlights included running the engineering team that developed speech and handwriting recognition at IBM and worked with Apple on the “Newton” PDA, that preceded the iPhone.  (NERD!).  John was in the sales of technology as well as an entrepreneur starting new technology businesses for over 20 years.

We love to travel and are super lucky to have met new friends along the way. Golf is one of our great loves, so many of our adventures include some great golf experiences.   Our love for wine, world history, and learning local customs and having fun are the ingredients that we use to plan all our trips.

2011:  We purchased a 22 foot Roadtrek RV, it was a wonderful camper that’s easy to drive, used diesel fuel and got 20 miles to a gallon. This was our first RV experience and we began investigating what we might do for our first trip and found a group of Roadtrek owners planning a trip to Alaska, so we jumped right in!

2012:  In the spring, we played golf on the Robert Trent Jones Trail in Alabama with our friends we met on the Alaska trip, Peter and Bunny Warenski.  Summertime we visited the Canadian Maritime Provinces.

2013:  We drove out west to visit the National Parks and Presidential Libraries along the way.  Heading back east we finished up in the North East for the JFK  and FDR Libraries.  Our plans will be to visit the other libraries over the next few years.

2014:  We could not think of any other long adventures to take with the Roadtrek, so we sold it and started planning other trips.

2015:  In January we joined Peter and Bunny for a trip to New Zealand and Australia for golf and sightseeing and enjoying the great wines.

2016:  We took a spring and summer trip using “boats, trains and planes”  starting with a trans-Atlantic cruise.  Staying on the same ship, we toured Scandinavia, the Baltic Capitals including St. Petersburg and then by train through Europe.  We flew from Rome to Athens  and cruised the Mediterranean Sea, visiting a number of ports and spending a few days in Israel.  We flew back home from Istanbul.  We missed not having our Roadtrek, so several weeks after getting home, we purchased another used Roadtrek Mercedes Sprinter.

2017:  We had two extended trips this summer, In May we headed out west to visit several presidential libraries in Texas, both Bush and Lyndon Johson libraries in Texas and the Jimmy Carter library in Georgia.  We then visited friends in Sedona, Arizona.  Our second trip took us up the east coast and out for another visit to the Maritime Provinces in Canada, which were grand.

2018:  During the winter we flew to Peru and visited Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.  It was spellbinding and wonderful.  We then took a cruise from Chile around Cape Horn, The Falklands and ending in Argentina.  The falls at Iguazu on the Brazil/Argentine border.  Just fantastic.  We then left in the Roadtrec on May 21st to head out west to Seattle to visit John’s brother and family.  Our travels back east took us on many wonderful experiences including a family reunion with Janice’s family on Cape Cod at her Uncle’s home.  Uncle Bill just turned 90 and Aunt Margaret 88.  What a great time.  We followed up with a visit to Raleigh to spend time with our children and grandchildren, returning home August 5th.

We hope you enjoy reading about the various places that we have visited and invite your comments and questions and if you like, please sign up to receive new posts as they are published.  Thanks for your interest.

John and Janice

Comments

  1. Andrew Hirshik

    What an exciting trip. I’m living vicariously.

  2. DAVID AND DIANNA HOPKINS

    Love this adventure series. It gives us ideas to go. We’ve been to Australia and New Zealand, China, all over Europe and Meditterean. We are thinking about South America now. This summer, Mt Rushmore and Tetons. any good ideas out there?

    1. John and Janice

      Happy New Year! Mt Rushmore is great loved Crazy Horse (the monument being built) would try and hit Cody Wyoming July 4 with the stampede and all that goes on there. Of course if you have time do not miss Yellowstone! We are off to the Fyords and Baltic this year along with Europe via train for a few stops then on to Greece and hopefully Egypt and Israel (we shall see about that leg).

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