3 "Fs" and a "D" - can that be good?

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Real Estate Agent with Compass CA DRE# 01215160

Rarely do we think that a "D" or heaven forbid an "F" is good, but that's the recipe for our 2019 vacations: 

Family, Friends, Fun and Driving

Living in San Francisco, I use my car infrequently in the City, reserving its use primarily when working in San Mateo County and the Silicon Valley or going to trail heads for a good hike. I love the car-free lifestyle, but I love driving, too, and 2019 is the year of the car trip to visit family and friends, and have lots of fun along the way.

In January, we drove from San Francisco to Palm Desert CA to visit a brother-in-law (and do some real estate while there.)

In May we flew to the East Coast, then drove to New Jersey, Annapolis MD, Pittsburgh PA and back to Newark - visiting another brother-in-law, a good friend and accountability partner, and a brother. Hikes in Pittsburgh, exploring upper Manhattan and the Cloisters, visiting Falling Water and the 911 memorial at Shankesville PA, all memorable.

Our recent trip in September took us to the Pacific Northwest, visiting 6 different sets of friends, a sister-in-law, niece and family and another brother. One daughter and son-in-law met us in Elko and drove home with us. We enjoyed hiking, ferry boat rides, the Space Needle and Chihuly museum, fine dining (Seattle is an awesome city) family meals and a Basque dinner.

Chjhuly glass, Seattle WA

Rain, clouds, high winds, hail and snow made our walking exciting, but luckily didn't interfere with our driving over the Cascades or the Sierras. (Some real estate happened too - writing and submitting an offer, working on the counter, getting into contract.)

Owyhee River, eastern Nevada

Face-to-face time with family and friends we haven't seen in a few (or more!) years was perfect. Face-toface time with family and friends we haven't see in a few (or more!) years was perfect. Time markes on, and we're glad we didn't wait any longer.

Is it time for you to re-connect with friends and family? 

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Rainmaker
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Lottie. Just gorgeous and other worldly my friend. I would love to see it myself.

Oct 06, 2019 05:34 AM #26
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Maybe a trip to Elko NV and the Indian reservations north of town are in your future,  Sheila Anderson 

Oct 06, 2019 11:15 PM #27
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Fort Worth, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Lottie Kendall - I love hearing the good news about your 3 "Fs" and a "D!"

Road trips or vacations that involve Family, Friends, Fun and Driving are the best times! You sure covered a lot of territories and still got to do so much in a very short but long enough time to feel a sense of true accomplishments for you!  Although your shoes may be worn from all the hiking you do, one thing that never wears out is the smile on your face. May you continue to do all the wonderful things you do with family and friends as often as possible. And of course, may your business continue to thrive no matter which time zone you're in! I'm happy for you!!!

 

Oct 07, 2019 03:28 PM #28
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Thanks, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - I know you also had a great vacation, visiting friends like Kat Palmiotti and beautiful places like Glacier NP

Oct 08, 2019 06:57 AM #29
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Fort Worth, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Lottie Kendall - Vacations are best when you go to all the right places for all the right reasons. Kat Palmiotti and I fell in love with Kalispell long before each of knew what the other was doing - she was planning to make it her home, I was going solo to a Writer's Conference. You can't imagine how surprised we were to discover our common love for Glacier NP and Kalispell. We met up at the Writer's Conference and to visit outside of the Conference.

When people have common interests and enjoy common interests, such as blogging on AR or mountains and friendship, dreams can come true and meet-ups are like Magic! Depending on what happens when I see the spine surgeon next week will depend on whether I give up and throw away my hiking boots or hike on! 

I hope you and I meet someday and of course I would love to see Kat in Kalispell again too. May all roads intersect with good people on AR for good reasons!  

Oct 08, 2019 07:15 AM #30
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - I didn't know you are facing spinal issues.  I'm sending my fervent wishes for the best possible outcome next week.

Oct 08, 2019 07:39 AM #31
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Wow Lottie, good for you, I know we are in the process of planning a western trip to the west coast next some I think!

Oct 08, 2019 09:16 AM #32
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Will Hamm - I hope your planned trip comes about. We loved ours.

Oct 08, 2019 09:49 AM #33
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
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HI Lottie Kendall,

I think you have a wonderful recipe for vacations. In fact, this is my kind of recipe. 

Your pics are also very nice indeed. 

Oct 08, 2019 12:34 PM #34
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Wow...that is a lot of travel....sounds like you had a great time and made the most of each trip. I'm sure your family and friends were happy to see you!

Oct 09, 2019 09:08 AM #35
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your travels and your photographs. I love the Chihuly glass art works. 

Persian Ceiling

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Oct 09, 2019 10:13 AM #36
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I love reading about the 3Fs and a D - I couldn't imagine what this would be about with a title like that!

I'm glad you were able to do a lot of visiting this year- nothing beats meeting in-person and getting time to spend together making memories. I hope you can do much of the same next year as well!

Oct 09, 2019 11:28 AM #37
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - hopefully some car trip in the future will find me in Sedona to enjoy your beautiful area.

 

Oct 09, 2019 12:31 PM #38
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Sharon Tara - I really enjoy driving and my husband is a great navigator, with the ability to read in a moving car--we make a good traveling team!

Oct 09, 2019 12:31 PM #39
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Roy Kelley - the Persian ceiling display was amazing. I've long been a Chihuly fan, and the museum and garden didn't disappoint.

Oct 09, 2019 12:33 PM #40
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Kat Palmiotti - our vacation trips this year were all domestic; while they might not have had the "wow" factor as vacations in other recent years (the 4-day trek to Machu Picchu, walking in the Lake District of England, and hiking in the Dolomites of Italy) there were equally fun. Visiting with family and friends is awesome.

Oct 09, 2019 12:35 PM #41
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

It's important to get away from the routine and take these vacations, even if you have to partake in some work while on the road.

Oct 12, 2019 08:57 PM #42
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Good morning Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 - the old adage in real estate, "if you're not busy, plan a vacation" has held true many times. I've sat in a B&B in Seattle, a hotel in Vancouver, on a lanai on Kauai, in a room in Elko Nevada and in a house in New Jersey putting together offers, receiving offers, etc. I don't mind it a bit!

 

Oct 13, 2019 07:56 AM #43
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John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
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Love the photos and it looks like you had a great time.  Thanks for sharing!

Nov 03, 2019 10:13 AM #44
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

We did have a marvelous trip, John Henry, Florida Architect  - glad you enjoyed the pictures

 

Nov 03, 2019 01:48 PM #45
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