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Well, we made it home with only a couple of bumps and bruises. Every country we visited was friendly and people were helpful everywhere. When we began this journey I wasn't sure that I could continuously travel, so this trip is more a beginning than an ending. Jan, however, could have continued a lot longer but missed her kids, granddaughter, salads, and safe water to drink.

After returning to Phoenix, we decided to unwind a little at the Wigwam Resort before breaking out the trailer. It opened in 1929 and has been beautifully preserved with gorgeous landscaping, outdoor fires, and pretty night lighting. Lyle's sister and grandniece and nephew joined us for a nice Christmas lighting event, complete with train rides, Santa, and hot chocolate. Here are a few photos.

We are now back at the Pueblo El Mirage Resort, enjoying mid-70’s weather, visiting with friends, and working on the never-ending projects that an RV requires. On Jan. 17 we’ll head northwest to stay in Lake Havasu City and then Laughlin, AZ. No definite plans after Feb. 5, other than quick visits to see Jan’s kids, with an ultimate destination of Banff NP near Calgary, in Alberta, Canada.

Jan had promised a beach ranking since we visited seven major beach countries. A lot of things go into it, but timing is a big part: if it's too cold, too cloudy, has high surf, or crocodiles, or jelly fish. Or if the sand is wrong, or has what we call "gotch-ya's" (random pieces of sharp coral) or too much tide, or seaweed, or trash, or too many long tail boats, or people. All of the beaches we visited had at least one these issues. So the winners are: Miami South Beach, Bradenton Beach FL, and Playacar Beach Mexico. Granted, these are "manufactured" and "maintained" beaches but isn't that what you want.... We enjoyed all of the beaches we visited, but you needn't fly to exotic countries for a great beach.

Happy 2018!

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Happy New Year, & welcome back! Glad you guys had a fun & (mostly) safe trip. ;) Keep us posted on your adventures!

by Michelle N.

Welcome back to the USA. Glad you made it safely. Home is a good place. We are close to Bradenton Beach so we will visit there soon and think of you.
Happy New Year.

by Anna C

Love your adventures! Wish we could get together.Happy New year!

by Donna Warren

Bet you're happy to be home, but your travels seemed to be quite an adventure. Thanks for taking us along.

by Marvi

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