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Around the world and over the hills

Bob Smith accomplishes lifetime goal

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December 21st, 2010

Bob Smith s job as a communications system engineer required constant travel. In fact, by the time he retired, he had accumulated nearly three million frequent flier miles, touched land in 46 states and all U.S. territories, and visited five continents. By 2004 he realized he was missing four states on his checklist: Idaho, Montana, and the Dakotas. However, life circumstances prevented him from traveling far from home. I formed a lifetime objective to make it to all 50 states, he says. Finally, in fall 2010, Smith began researching a trip to the four missing states. He found, however, that no tours covered them all, So I laid out a trip myself, he says.

Flying high

In September, Smith flew from Newark, N.J., to Rapid City, S.D. After touring Mt. Rushmore and the Black Hills, he drove to North Dakota, then into Montana where he visited Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. He continued into Idaho, visitng the Snake River area and flew home from Boise. It made me feel great accomplishing that trip because it was something I had wanted to do for a long time, he says. In 2009, Smith flew around the world, passing through all 24 time zones to visit his eldest son s family in Singapore. I flew from Newark across the Atlantic and flew back across the Pacific, he says with excitement about accomplishing another travel feat. Once there, he and his family explored Singapore and Thailand. I like to get out and see the world that s out there see something new, Smith says of journeying to new and exciting locales. In Thailand, he and one of his five grandchildren rode an elephant a new adventure he never would have experienced on his business trips. Being able to travel now means being able to enjoy every moment.

Easy travel

Smith says the trips would have been much more difficult to accomplish had he not lived at Cedar Crest, an Erickson Living community in Pompton Plains, N.J. It s very easy to travel when you live at Cedar Crest, he says. The community s 24/7 security and maintenance give Smith confidence that his home is safe while he travels. Next summer, he plans to join family again for a cruise through Central Europe, beginning in Amsterdam and finishing in Budapest. For Smith, There s no reason to stop.