The Great Escape

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On July 30th, my wife and I are breaking out.  We’re leaving town, and we’re taking the four dogs with us.

The Great Escape. 

Goodbye, Georgia heat.  Hello, Northern Michigan!

Our summer RV trip of 2020 will be underway.  Today, I’m sharing our plans.

We’re heading out on The Great Escape! A month in Northern Michigan with our 4 dogs and the RV, an escape from Georgia’s summer heat… Click To Tweet

I’ve never been a fan of the excessive heat and humidity of a Georgia summer.  While I was working, I didn’t have much choice.  I dealt with it.  Now that I’m retired, I can choose where to spend my summers.

Enter…The Great Escape.

Last year, the great escape entailed taking The Great American Road Trip, a 10,000-mile cross-country trek to visit our daughter and her family in The Pacific Northwest.  It was a lifelong dream to travel across the country and we’re grateful that our retirement allowed a 3-month journey to do it.  Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, The Tetons, The Olympic Penisula, and a wide variety of State Parks on our outbound and return legs. 

Great trip, great memories.  And with it, The Great Escape tradition was born.  

This summer, we’ve decided The Great Escape will take us North, with a focus on my home state of Michigan.  After spending some time in Ohio visiting my wife’s family, we’ll be visiting my family in Southern Michigan before heading up the Lake Michigan shoreline and across the infamous Mackinac Bridge:

Looking forward to pulling our 5th wheel across the Mackinac Bridge

After crossing the bridge, we plan on heading West across Michigan’s amazing Upper Penisula as far as  Porcupine Mountains State Park, where we’ll veer South to visit my Uncle Carl at his summer home in Door County, WI. From there, we’ll pick our way back South to our retirement cabin in The Appalachian Mountains of North Georgia.

Here’s the 3,000-mile trek plotted on a map:

If all goes according to plan, we’ll be pulling back into our cabin’s driveway in the final days of August, with the worst of the summer heat passing through in our absence. Without the constraints of a J.O.B., we’re free to migrate as the urge calls.  The Great Escape is calling, and we’re responding.

Instead of sweating through the dog days of summer, we’ll be enjoying a combination of family, wilderness, and cool Northern evenings.  It sounds like a perfect way to spend the month of August.


A Sabbatical for The Retirement Manifesto

As I did during our trip to The Pacific Northwest, I’m taking a break from writing during our trip.  These trips are special, and I want to fully embrace the experience.  While I love to write, the reality is that I don’t like to write when we’re traveling in our RV.  I’d rather be free to…

  • Enjoy the scenery
  • Take hikes with our dogs
  • Swim in The Great Lakes
  • Relax
  • Visit
  • Live.


Free to do what I want to do, when I want to do it.  I worked 3+ decades for the freedom I now enjoy, and I savor the reality that Freedom represents.  Freedom to write when I want to write.  Freedom to not write when I don’t. Freedom to pursue The Great Escape, and enjoy my cold water swimming in The Great Lakes in the midst of the dog days of summer.

Come Along On The Journey

If you’re interested in following along on our journey, feel free to connect via the following Social Media platforms.  While I won’t be writing, I’ll plan on sharing plenty of photos from the road.  I love photography, and I look forward to sharing what we’re seeing, as we’re seeing it.  Look me up:

  • Instagram:  My “go-to” site for posting scenic shots throughout our journey. 
  • Facebook:  I’ll write posts from time to time during our journey, along with some of the best photos.
  • Twitter:  With 10k followers, I avoid the “noise” on Twitter and just share random thoughts.

If you’d rather wait for my blog posts, no worries.  I’ll be back on the keyboard in September, happily pecking away from the new World HQ of The Retirement Manifesto in the Treehouse Writing Studio.

If the mood strikes, I may summarize our trip via a video on my YouTube Channel, as I did for The Great American Road Trip.  Then again, I may not.  There’s that Freedom again, such a marvelous element of life.


Retirement is the time to live as you choose to live.  If the concept of The Great Escape appeals to you, you’re free to incorporate it into your life.  We’ve incorporated it into ours, and we enjoy the annual tradition.

When this post “Goes Live” on July 29th, we’ll be busy packing up our 5th wheel and making final preparations for our Thursday morning departure.  Forgive me if I don’t get a chance to respond to the comments per usual.

The Great Escape is calling, and I must go. 

The sabbatical starts now.

RV across the USA
Our “Rig” at 11,000 feet in the Colorado Rockies – July 2019.




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