Monthly Archives: April 2013

How to Retire Early

I don’t normally promote other people’s books or wares but I have a friend (Bob and Robin Charlton) that just published a book entitled “How to Retire Early: Your Guide to Getting Rich Slowly and Retiring on Less“.  This book is sensational.

Sensational Book

I’ve known Bob and Robin for several years now and they are a great couple.  They retired the old-fashioned way at only 43 years old – they saved almost a million dollars in just over 12 years. And they did not have huge salaries — many of you will make more than they did during their working years.   I am not nearly as frugal as they are, but it is amazing what can be done to retire early if you really put your mind to it.

Enough said.  If you want to be inspired by a couple that bares all with a financial transparency that you have never seen before, you have to read this book.  They are fully open about what they had, how they made their money, and how you can do the same to retire early.

It is on sale at Amazon, here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/How-To-Retire-Early-Retiring/dp/1482653729/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365809963&sr=8-1&keywords=retire+early.

Enjoy!

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Visiting Hoover Dam and Las Vegas

The last leg of our almost four-week vacation has taken us to Hoover Dam and Las Vegas.  Hoover Dam is an incredible engineering feat.  We booked the tour through a website that picked us up at our Las Vegas hotel but I think we overpaid for that. We could have bought the ticket at Hoover Dam for much cheaper.  The tour itself was not mind-blowing but it was interesting.  Here are some pictures we took during the tour.

Lake Mead at Hoover Dam

Lake Mead at Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

This was my first visit to Las Vegas.  We arrived at night and it looks totally different at night than during the day. It was packed, I was surprised at how many people were visiting in early April.  We saw the Criss Angel show, he puts on a really good magic show.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Las Vegas or Paris?

Las Vegas or Paris?

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Las Vegas - We stayed at the Luxor

Las Vegas – We stayed at the Luxor

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

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On our way back, we snapped these photos in Utah.  This is beautiful country!

Beautiful Utah

Beautiful Utah

Beautiful Utah

Beautiful Utah

Beautiful Utah

Beautiful Utah

Beautiful Utah

Beautiful Utah

Scenic drive from Pebble Beach to the Hearst Castle

We drove the scenic highways on our way to Hearst Castle in California.  During the trip, we saw the iconic 17 mile road through Pebble Beach and Hwy 1 that runs through Big Sur.  The scenery in this area is breath-taking.  We stayed a night in Carmel but never got a sighting of Clint Eastwood – bummer!

Hwy 1

Hwy 1

This curious guy was pictured in Carmel

This curious guy was pictured in Carmel

Carmel

Carmel

17 mile road

17 mile road

17 mile road

17 mile road

17 mile road

17 mile road

17 mile road

17 mile road

17 mile road

17 mile road

17 mile road

17 mile road

17 mile road

17 mile road

17 mile road

17 mile road

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Monterey

Hwy 1

Hwy 1

Hwy 1

Hwy 1

The Hearst Castle was built by William Randolf Hearst, a newspaper icon in the early 1900’s.  The castle took 28 years to build and because he owned over 30 homes, he only stayed at it a few weeks per year.  But he spared no expense.  It is now a national park.

Hearst Castle - pool anyone?

Hearst Castle – pool anyone?

Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle - large dinners

Hearst Castle – large dinners

Hearst Castle - pool anyone?

Hearst Castle – pool anyone?

This home theater was state of the art for 1938

This home theater was state of the art for 1938

Three days in San Francisco

We decided to spend three days in San Francisco because it has so much to offer.  As we drove into the town, we were taken aback by the price of gas.

Want to pay over 5 bucks a gallon?

Want to pay over 5 bucks a gallon?

On 0ur first day in San Francisco, we visited the Point Reyes National Park, we blogged about that here: https://webetripping.wordpress.com/2013/03/30/cool-lighthouse-at-point-reyes-national-park/.

On our second day, we visited the hippie area of town called Haight Ashbury.  This is where the hippie movement started and is where Jimmy Hendricks, Janice Joplin, The Grateful Dead, Hells Angels and many more groups dwelled in the 60’s.

The hippy movement

The hippie movement

Our tour guide

Our tour guide

Our tour guide

Our tour guide

We visited The Grateful Dead’s home during the 60’s.

The Grateful Dead's house

The Grateful Dead’s house

Haight

Haight

This was funny — during our walk we saw this flyer at this house.  I guess this homeowner had hit the limit with people urinating on his doorstep.

No urinating!

No urinating!

On the third day of our trip, we took a city tour and then visited Alcatraz.   Here are some pics we took along the way.

7 painted sisters - Victorian architecture

7 painted sisters – Victorian architecture

Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf

Fresh crab in Fisherman's Wharf

Fresh crab in Fisherman’s Wharf

Iconic Golden Gate Bridge

Iconic Golden Gate Bridge

Cable cars

Cable cars

Lombard Street -- curviest street in America -- we drove it!

Lombard Street — curviest street in America — we drove it!

Cable car museum

Cable car museum

China town

China town

Beautiful museum

Beautiful museum

This swam was nesting -- notice the eggs

This swam was nesting — notice the eggs

Alcatraz

Alcatraz

Mossed over roofs at Alcatraz

Mossed over roofs at Alcatraz

How would you like to stay here?

How would you like to stay here?

The wardon's home at Alcatraz

The warden’s home at Alcatraz