More Location Independent
After a full 17 months of being ‘homeless’ we are still enjoying it. We are making plans for a few longer stays this summer while working for various golf facilities we do still plan to ‘move on’ in the fall. Likely by plane instead of car… more to come. Here are some highlights from 2017:

Countries: 6
Canada, USA, Mexico, Cayman Islands (actually a UK Colony), Guatemala, Honduras, Belize

~ Our cruise excursion up the Rio Dulce in Guatemala starting from the town of Livingston and ending at a Mayan village of Ak’tenamet was the most unique adventure we had this year. The rain forest bordering the river was beautiful and learning about the Garifuna culture in Livingston and the Mayan history in Ak’tenamet was very interesting. 

See the Guatemala Photo Set on Facebook.

~ Our best dinner of the year was in Memphis, Tennessee. We also saw Graceland and the Civil Rights Museum at the historic Lorraine Motel while in Memphis but it was our evening at Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar that made the trip.

Provinces: 4
BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba

~ Our first ever visit to Jasper Park Lodge was a memorable one with hot drinks outside by the fire and a fabulous dinner at Orso Trattoria. The Lodge is expensive to stay at but is worth it for one night. It is not about the room, but the whole JPL experience. It was too cloudy for a good visit onto the Columbia Icefield so that will have to wait until next year.

~ We were also surprised and impressed on our first ever stopover in Saskatoon. We usually stay in Regina on our Western Canada drives but this time chose Saskatoon and enjoyed the downtown much better than Regina.

States: 19
Spring – Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Montana

Fall – North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida

~ Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico are not on the way to anything but it was absolutely worth the extra day side trip! After walking the winding path down 80 stories into the limestone (there is an elevator) you find yourself in huge caves created more than 265 million years ago. The stalactites and stalagmites are amazing and the caves are very wide and high, so no tight spaces once you make your way down. 

~ We really enjoyed Chattanooga, Tennessee; Atlanta, Georgia and Mobile, Alabama. We stayed downtown in all three cities for two nights each and could have stayed more. ‘Southern Hospitality’ is a real thing and we felt it everywhere. And the food is good!

~ Making Chattanooga extra special was a visit to Rock City (which is in a suburb of the city but actually in Georgia). Natural rock formations have been turned into paths and gardens leading to a viewpoint from which you can see seven states. This one has tight spaces and heights for the adventurous, but pathways to avoid both so that everyone can visit. Loved it!

~ The Neon Museum in Las Vegas was also an unexpected highlight. Its worth giving up 2 hours on the strip for a visit.

Not Done Yet
We have yet to visit 4 provinces, 3 territories and 19 states before covering all of Canada and the U.S. but our initial plans for next winter are leaning towards an adventure by air and sea instead of land. There is a great big world out there to see!

Happy New Year! Cheers ~ Jeff & Tara

We, Jeff and Tara Ciecko of CK Golf write two blogs, one is our 19th Hole Blog where we share personal experiences and the other an Industry Blog where we comment on general business and internet marketing best practices, sales strategies and give golf industry related opinions. We have owned CK Golf  for 10 years and provide marketing, social media and business services to the golf and other industries. As of August 2016 our life and our business have been ‘location independent’. Our 19th Hole Blog is about the places we visit and the things we do. If you have any questions or comments, or happen to be in the same location as us please reach out and contact us anytime.