Banking With Magellan

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

Myrl Jeffcoat Photographs
(Slide Show has 12 images)

Although this winter hasn't seemed as gray and foggy this year compared to last, we have had our share of rainy, cold and dank days.  It's easy to feel a little cabin bound at times.  When this happens I sometimes get frustrated that I can't just cut loose and get away from it all.

I have a "secret bank" for times like that.  This "bank" is my little portable Magellan GPS gadget in my car.  When I have itchy feet and want to go somewhere, but can't possibly get away, I store the destination address into the GPS gadget.  It's like my little get away storage vault.  Then when time permits, and I can escape my environment, I jump in the car, push destinations, close my eyes, and poke the screen, pressing "driving instructions" and GO!

Most destinations are within a 100 miles of home.  Some are a couple hundred miles away or so.  Others still further.

This morning, I sat down with a list of destinations I hope to be taking this spring.  All are within 250 miles.  They are places I haven't seen blogged about before here on ActiveRain.  I banked them all into Magellan.  All I need now is warm weather and sunshine, and I'm ready to GO!

The scenes in the slide show above, are mainly around California - other than the picture in Amish Country, Pennsylvania during a buggy ride, a scene from Bryce Canyon Utah, and finishing with a Islamorada, Florida sunset.


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Pat Fenn
Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker - Springfield, VA

What a great idea.  Load up the GPS and go.  Of course we have a longer longer to wait on the east coast for those warm sunny days to arrive.

Jan 23, 2011 10:18 AM #1
Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

If you feel cabin bound, come to New York for a double dose.  I find myself sitting here praying for an early spring.  We've already had more snow in December and January than we have all winter most years.  Though your photos tend to take me for a ride right along with you, I'd love to tag along on one of your adventures.

Jan 23, 2011 10:19 AM #2
Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton
The Nines Team At Keller Williams - Stockton, CA
The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton

Gosh Myrl ... sort of a traveling "grab bag" ... fortunately you only put in locations that you WOULD want to visit!  Sounds like enough of a risk fun reward ... that I'm going to borrow the idea!

Jan 23, 2011 10:44 AM #3
Maria Morton
Chartwell Kansas City Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Myrl, the  photos are wonderful! I admit that I was a little confused, thinking "wow, I don't recall all this around Sacramento" until I read the description of the photos in your last sentence.

Jan 23, 2011 11:20 AM #4
Nina Rogoff
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Medfield, MA
Sells Real Estate!

Myrl, those are stunning photos! I immediately thought about painting the one with the snow-capped mountains in the background. What a really neat idea! I could use a good "Magellan" get-a-way right about now. Three blizzards and more predicted for this week...yuck!

Jan 23, 2011 11:36 AM #5
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Myrl, great photos!  One of them looks quite familiar!  It does sound like a fun thing to do.  Darcy is my navigator, so we do the same thing with her cell phone from time to time!

Jan 23, 2011 12:02 PM #6
Stephanie Reynolds
Integrity First Financial Group, Inc. - Santee, CA
East County San Diego Homes 619-838-4408

Myrl, you always have such fantastic photos! Love the one of Bryce Canyon. Absolutely beautiful. My husband and I are always on a new adventure on the weekends. We pick somewhere in San Diego we have never been and off we go! We always use an alternative route and our trusty GPS will get us there-backstreets and all!

Jan 23, 2011 12:16 PM #7
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Myrl, your photos are totally amazing!  And yeah, Bryce Canyon might have been my favorite one.  Wow!

Jan 23, 2011 12:48 PM #8
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Pat - Folks on the East Coast have really taken their lumps this year.  Here in California, we have a healthy snow pack in the Sierras, and are glad to get it.  But, nothing compares to what you guys are experiencing.

Geri - I will never forget that my son met a girl, who came to visit a cousin, and he was immediately nutz for her.  He ended up boarding a plane after she returned to her home in New York City in January 1996.  If you remember that was the Blizzard of 1996.  I thought at the time, he will either marry that girl, or he will hate her by the time that blizzard is over. . .He ended up marrying her!



Jan 23, 2011 01:17 PM #9
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Jack - That's the secret. . .Only put in places you'd love to see.  One year I put in Point Reyes, Inverness, Carmel, Yosemite, Monterey, Fort Bragg, etc.  I had other destinations with more distance on a separate list. . .Highway 12 in Utah (Bryce, Zion, etc.)  I had to fly to Pennsylvania to visit the Amish, but took the GPS along for the rental car.

Maria - I take the GPS along on journeys that I fly to as well.  I use it in the rental car.  I did drive to Bryce Canyon in Utah however!

Jan 23, 2011 01:22 PM #10
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Nina - The photo with the snow capped mountains was taken at Genoa, Nevada.  That's the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevadas that you are looking at.

Tony and Darcy - I'll bet you do recognize at least one of those photos:-)  I'm a bettin' woman, so I'll guess it's Bryce:-)

Jan 23, 2011 01:24 PM #11
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Stephanie - Bryce Canyon blew my socks off when I was there.  Along Utah's Highway 12, there are 3 national parks (Capital Reef, Bryce, and Zion).  There are also 2 or 3 State Parks.  It's really an incredible place.

Patricia - As much as I like that picture of Bryce, it is hard to provide the breadth and scope of how large that scene actually is.  It's truly astounding.

Jan 23, 2011 01:26 PM #12
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


These are beautiful places to visit! I love road trips to places I've never seen before and I'm glad you took me on this virtual tour! It gave me joy and happiness!

Great blog! Very inspiring story!

Jan 23, 2011 04:15 PM #13
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Wow, Myrl, such great photos.  Did you take all of those?  I only use my GPS for RE - it think it has a points of interest button.  I wonder if there's an app where you can put in say, driving time 1.5 hours with interesting things to do and say - I gotta believe someone has invented it. 

Jan 24, 2011 01:07 PM #14
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

OMG Myrl... these are such delightful, wonderful photos... I love the idea, storing up destinations in your GPS for future outings. Thanks for a great idea.

Jan 24, 2011 02:01 PM #15
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Thank You,Thank You Thank You, I love your photos and can't wait to see all the great places you will share with us. I have the enthusiasm but have no destinations planned as yet. Utah, Colorado and  Yosemite would all be good. As would Australia, Greece, Venice and Japan but I may not get any farther than Americas finest city. :-)

Jan 24, 2011 04:22 PM #16
Jim Hale
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

Myrl -

You don't need to store anything - on a GPS or otherwise - all you need to do is go back and look at all your wonderful pix your've already taken.

Jan 25, 2011 01:07 PM #17
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Beautiful pictures Myrl.  The horse photo makes you feel like you are in a horse drawn carriage.   :-)

Jan 26, 2011 08:46 AM #18
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around


Those are some really great shots!  Love the photos of the sunset and mountains.  Is the one photo taken from an Amish buggy?


Jan 27, 2011 02:06 AM #19
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