Showing posts from May, 2022

Review of Vereen Memorial Gardens, Little River, South Carolina

  Vereen Memorial Gardens, SC When our pack (my wife, myself, and our Pomeranian) was researching for a place to visit, that is a place where dogs are allowed, we came upon Vereen Memorial Gardens in Little River , South Carolina.  Vereen Memorial Gardens turned out to be a hidden gem of a place, which all of us really enjoyed. Vereen Memorial Gardens is located near the border of North Carolina, and it’s about 40 miles from Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, where we were staying.  Named after Jackson Hiram Vereen , a native of Little River, the land was donated in 1972 to Horry County Historical Commission.  The gardens encompasses 114 acres of woodlands and marshes, and offers nature lovers plenty of opportunities to hike, fish, or birdwatch.   On a beautiful, sunny and warm morning in January, we set about exploring this hidden gem!   We left our rental in Murrells Inlet around 9 a.m. on a Sunday morning, and proceeded to our destination via Route 707 , Route 31 , then Highway 17 Nor

How you can fail miserably at early retirement: Challenges and pitfalls of FIRE (financial independence retire early) lifestyle

  Grandview Overlook, New River Gorge National Park Fred Rogers:  “Often when you are at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.” Recently, I came upon an article that piqued my interest.  It was about a 38 year veteran of the financial services industry who had retired, but failed at it.  He was going through a phase similar to what I went through after retirement, which is figuring out what you want your retirement to be.   Without having a purpose, you can easily feel lost after reaching your financial independence, then retiring early.  In this post, I’d like to share my thoughts on this phenomenon after retiring. Let’s first get few things put out there about the reality of early or normal retirement.   Retirement will not fix all of your problems You will still be the same person before retirement and after retirement.  If you were a happy person before retirement, then you’ll probably be happy after retirement.  If you were a constantly on-the-go type p

Fell in love with South Carolina, the “Palmetto State”: Our trip notes and observations…

  Murrells Inlet, SC (morning view of the golf course) When my wife and I booked our 3 months long stay via AirBnB to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, we were stoked.  It had been 18 years since our last visit to Myrtle Beach, and we had always talked about wanting to go back there again.  When the opportunity came up to book this stay, we jumped at the chance.   Even though this particular rental was over our normal monthly budget of around $1,000 - $1,200 at $1430 per month, we couldn’t pass up the chance to stay at a spacious 3 bedroom/2 bathroom condo located within a beautiful golf community.  Even after we booked the stay, we weren’t sure the booking would stay that way, as we had read reviews of the property, where some reservations were cancelled at the last minute. We didn’t get our hopes up until it got to the month of November, one month prior to our scheduled stay.  We were ecstatic when the rental didn’t cancel our reservation at the last minute.  We definitely didn’t want to

What death in the family or friend can teach us: Journey of FIRE (financial independence retire early) and also life…

  Death can teach all of a lesson on living… William Shakespeare:  “Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.” When we’re young, death is not something we think about or worry about.  At that age, we feel invincible and feel as if we’ll all live forever.  As we age slowly but surely, this attitude starts to change.   As our grandparents or someone of that age, start to pass away, we start to feel that maybe, we’re not invincible after all.  Losing someone who you knew all your life, changes a person’s perspective on life, and of course, death. We start to realize our own mortality as we get older.  The foolish notions that we’ll live forever and we’ll be in the most optimal physical shape we were enjoying when younger, start to fade away slowly, as surely as the changing seasons. For the most part, this realization doesn’t hit home for some until someone really close passes away, like a parent or a friend.  This was certainly th

Adapting to living month or longer at an AirBNB or Vrbo: Our observations and tips after a year of living a nomadic lifestyle…

  Toby enjoying the views of Pittsburgh downtown Theodore Roosevelt:  “There can be no life without change, and to be afraid of what is different or unfamiliar is to be afraid of life.” Now that my wife and I (and our Pomeranian dog Toby) have lived over a year living a nomadic lifestyle since our early retirement in August 2020, we can proudly say we’ve adapted to it well.  Gone are the early days of our traveling when we were unsure how we were going to live in a small place with a small bathroom. Gone are the days when we weren’t sure where we were going to store all our belongings once we arrived at a month long (or longer) stay.  We just couldn’t be sure how the three of us were going to live in a small confined space for a month… In this post, I’d like to discuss our observations of living month to month at an AirBNB or Vrbo rental. Our first month-long rental was in Ocean City, Maryland.  The rental was a one bedroom unit with a full kitchen and a tiny bathroom.  Its square foot