John and Janice
Hi, we are John and Janice Wilson, now living in Florida. Janice was in the 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.
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!
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.
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.
We could not think of any other long adventures to take with the Roadtrek, so we sold it and started planning other trips. We visited our old friends at Fort Lauderdale Country Club and then took a cruise from Miami on the Norwegian Getaway.
In January we joined Peter and Bunny for a trip to New Zealand and Australia for golf and sightseeing and enjoying the great wines. We visited Family and Friends along the east coast and then visited Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic.
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.
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.
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 Roadtrek 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 became involved with Golfweek magazine and had the opportunity to play some magnificent golf courses giving our thoughts and comments back to Golfweek. We headed west for the summer in the Roadtreck and spent a number of evenings at wineries thru a program with Harvest Hosts. Had a wonderful time playing golf, visiting friends and enjoying family.
This was a different year for all of us with the COVID 19 Lockdown around the country. We sold the Roadtrek, but we traveled anyway, the old fashion way, by car! Played some wonderful golf courses and visited family along the way. Unfortunately, the rest of our plans were canceled.
We are excited that many of the Covid issues are behind us and can get out and around. We just posted about our trip to play golf in Mississippi and will be posting about our other activities thru the end of the year.
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