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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.

2011 Travels

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 Travels

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 Travels

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 Travel

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.

2015 Travel

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.

2016 Travel

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 Travel  

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 Travel

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.

2019 Travel

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.

2020 Travel

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.

2021 Travel 

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

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).

  3. Sherry Wright

    Hey Janice! I wanted to reach out to you and tell you how much I enjoyed meeting you and your husband at the Senior Am and give you my contact info. Want to stay in touch, you both are wonderful people. Really enjoyed our time together. Stay in touch! Sherry

    1. John and Janice

      Sherry, For sure playing with you for 2 days made my experience at the Senior very memorable. Tt was a fun 2 days of playing golf and getting to know you and your caddie Elizabeth. Definitely will stay in touch. Janice

  4. Terrance Moran (Terry)

    Hey Guys! Great playing with you yesterday and meeting a couple living my dream. As I mentioned we have a good friend in Jupiter and I’m thinking we will be traveling to Florida in February as Patty has two brothers who live in the Orlando area and I have a couple of fraternity brothers who live in Naples. It would be fun to see you two, play some golf. Safe travels

    1. John and Janice

      Terry and Patty:

      The pleasure was ours. A wonderful afternoon and we look forward to playing again in Florida on your trip in February.

      John and Janice

  5. Debbie Webb

    Hi Janice,

    This is Debbie Webb from FLCC. Hope that you and John are doing well. Diana Roby and I are signed up to play in the FSGA events in Daytona on December 1st and 2nd. It looks like you are playing in it as well ( but probably in the longer division). Will look forward to seeing you. Mike and I are in Port St Lucie for the last five years and Diana has been in Orlando for about two years after Ron passed away

  6. Carol Majka

    Love Cape Cod. Our youngest daughter is building a second home in Chatham so we plan to spend some time with her and the children. They also had a home in Falmouth (near Osterville) which they sold. We have been going to the Cape for about ten years.

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