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Our Life In California & Returning to Rabelo

In just over a week Lisa and I will be leaving for Europe.  We’re not sure where we will meet Rabelo.  We don’t even know if she’ll be ready when we get there, but it doesn’t matter.  With our imminent departure we don’t have time to worry about mundane things like will we have a bunk, bathroom, or kitchen when we arrive. . With all the scurrying about, packing and saying our goodbyes I couldn’t help but do a little reminiscing about our life, and everything that is important to us.

Lisa and I are so incredibly fortunate.  We are truly blessed, and there isn’t a day that goes by where we don’t give thanks for everything we have.  Traveling the rivers and canals of Europe is truly extraordinary, and we love everything about it but when you get down to it, it’s our family and friends that mean the most to us.  These are the people that warm our hearts and bring a smile to our faces.  They are the ones that we miss when we are gone and look forward to seeing when we return.   One of our greatest joys is being able to share our beautiful barge Rabelo with these very special people.  When friends and family arrive they bring with them so many found memories of our home back in Southern California.  Our guests think they are the lucky one to be on Rabelo when in reality we are the ones that are so lucky to have them join us.

“The HHF.”

“A view from one of our hikes.”

“When your done with a hike it’s all those endorphins that make you smile.”

“Lisa full of endorphins.”

“Lisa and her niece J-mo. There should be a law against having this much fun.”

I haven’t talked much about our life in Thousand Oaks.  While it may not be as exciting as cruising the canals of Europe it is just as fulfilling.  Our favorite past time is hiking in the hills that surround our beautiful home. We are members of an organization, and I use that term loosely, made up of some of the most interesting, wonderful, diverse and each in his or her own way successful people imaginable.  We call our group the Heartbreak Hiking Fools (HHF).  We only have one rule, and that rule is there are no rules. Our Great Communicator coordinates every hike by sending out e-mails along with a short politically incorrect recitation.  Three days a week we meet at the appointed time and place so we can all race to the top of the mountain.  Our treat for making it to the top is that we get to convene at one of the local coffee shops to talk and reminisce after every hike.  If it weren’t for the endorphins coursing through our veins we probably wouldn’t say boo to one another.  But because of all those endorphins we are as high as kites which makes our after hike get together so very special.

“Our Great Communicator accepting the glorious praise he deserves for making it to the top.”

“Trying to keep our feet dry.”

“Just another beautiful trail.”

“On our way to coffee.”

“Racing back to coffee.”

-Tom Miller
Author of “The Wave” – 
a Chuck Palmer Adventure novel


About the Author:

Tom Miller graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science in Geology. He is a consummate adventurer with over 1,000 dives as a recreational scuba diver, and an avid sailor who has traveled 65,000 miles throughout the Pacific including the Hawaiian Islands. Miller has also cruised the canals of Europe on his canal barge and given numerous lectures on cruising the canals of Europe, as well as sailing in the South Pacific. Piloting is also an interest of Miller's, and He has completed over 1,000 hours flying everything from small Cessnas to Lear jets.