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Happy Thanksgiving – Latest Happenings with the Millers

With Thanksgiving coming up next week, we wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope everyone has a great week of family time, football, and lots of turkey.

In September, we returned from spending the summer in Colorado. We spent the majority of the summer in Fort Collins and were able to spend lots of time with our oldest son, Cameron. We finished up that trip with a couple of weeks in Telluride, here is a picture if you missed my last post.

Waterfall across the road in Bridal Veil Falls

Progress on our House Building Project

As many of you know, we sold our condo in Florida in April and are building a new home only about a block from the beach. They’ve made great progress on the house, we hope to move in around mid-February. Here are some pictures of the progress:

Exterior Shot

Here you can see the proximity to the ocean, only about a block away.

Exterior From Above

Friend from Down Under

For those of you following our blog for a long time, you may remember that when I retired in 2012, we set off for 3 months of travel to Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Peru, and the Bahamas. Since we have a dog, we needed someone to watch her during our travels.

We found Rhonda Braban and her husband through TrustedHousesitters.com. Rhonda is Australian and has a passion for travel. They did a great job of taking care of our black lab and we’ve become great friends in the process.

Rhonda loved Rosemary Beach so much she decided to come back to visit this year. She stayed about 3 weeks in October and we got to spend lots of time with her. She is truly a free spirit. We spent time dining out, swimming, boating and hanging out on the beach.

Rhonda 1 Rhonda 3 Rhonda 4

What’s Next

We will not be traveling again until next year, we plan to stick around as the house is being built because decorating and picking furnishings takes a lot of our time.

I’ve been working on building my other blog (check it out at http://www.WeRetiredEarly.com), where I talk about lifestyle freedom, financial independence and technology. It is more of a professional blog, where I blog several times a week. I am using the WeBeTripping blog solely for travels and updating friends and family on what’s going on in our lives.

Lynn and I have also been helping a friend build followers for his blog, you can see his blog at http://www.TheTriggerBoxBlog.com. This allows us to work a couple hours a day and still enjoy the early retiree lifestyle.

I’ll leave you with a few pictures I’ve taken recently at home, the weather is still nice (between 70 and 80 degrees) — it’s definitely the nicest time of the year here. Happy Thanksgiving!

Beach 1 Beach 2 Beach 3 Beach 5

About Us

Steve and Lynn Miller reached financial independence in 2012 at age 50 and now enjoy traveling, fitness, cycling, photography and lots of other hobbies.

In his spare time, Steve blogs and develops mobile apps. His latest project is an app that allows you to countdown the days to retirement or financial independence: http://www.CountUsDown.com/Retirement.

If you like this blog, you might also like Steve’s We Retired Early blog where he blogs about lifestyle freedom, financial independence, and cool mobile apps.

Hiking Bridal Veil Falls in Telluride, CO

We are currently visiting Telluride, Colorado. From the town, if you peer 2,000 feet up the east side mountainside, you will see a power plant that looks like a house perched upon a ledge with an incredible waterfall that gracefully falls 1,000 feet below (Bridal Veil Falls).

About 8 years ago, we attempted to hike to Bridal Veil Falls with the boys and our new dog (our dog Katie was only a few months old).  The hike to the top is close to 2,000 feet in elevation change and the road to the top is rocky. Many people drive Jeeps and pass you along the way. Unfortunately, the hike was too strenuous for the boys and a new puppy so we turned back about a quarter of the way there.

 

Bridal Veil Falls

Fast forward about 8 years later, we are in Telluride again and I think both Lynn and I wanted a second chance at the hike so we decided to give it a shot. We have been working out pretty hard all summer, so I felt comfortable that we could do it.

Just around the first set of switchbacks, you begin taking in the view of Telluride below.

Telluride Colorado

Only another 1,200 feet to the base of the falls, so we pushed on. The views are even more breath-taking.

Bridal Veil Telluride

Before long, we encountered a waterfall that crosses the road and it is wonderful. My wife remembered that this was the exact spot we turned back with our kids last time.

Waterfall across the road in Bridal Veil Falls

As we continued to climb, we noticed the views of Telluride became more impressive.

Views of Telluride

As we walked, we talked about how we love being retired and how proud we are of our kids. We reminisced about our travels and how beautiful the world is. Forgetting the strenuousness of the hike, we looked up and we were already at the base of the falls.

Base of Bridal Veil Falls

There was a young couple there capturing some pictures and enjoying the magnificence of the view.

I told my wife if she felt up to it, we could go another half mile and see the view from above the power plant. I expected her to say “No, I’m good, we got to the base.” Instead, she said “Sure, let’s do it!”.

As we started up the next set of switchbacks we met a couple that were on a 3 month trip across the western USA and were in Colorado visiting their son before they headed out on the bigger adventure. We found we had a lot in common with them and talked along the way. Time sped by, we looked up and we were already at the top of the power plant.

Top of Bridal Veil Falls

After taking in the view, we headed back down the mountain. We noticed this section of the mountain that had previously used for mining. It had an old mining railway that was obviously dilapidated. To get this section, you had to cross over a bridge that had few wooden planks left.

Crossing over to old mine

We walked around the old mining shaft and could see where the mining carts used to shuttle ore from the mountain to the mining station at the base of the mountain.

Old mining railway

However, years have taken their toll and it’s now the railway to nowhere.

Railway to nowhere

I was surprised to see that some of the old mining carts were still stacked up along the mountain ridge.

Old Mining Carts

As we headed down the mountain, we talked about how much easier the hike was down than up. My wife was a trooper. She stretched herself a bit with this hike and I was really proud of her.

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Steve and his wife built a software company, sold it and retired early. Steve enjoys blogging about about lifestyle freedom, financial independence and technology. If you like this blog, subscribe here to get an email each time he posts.

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