We went to Albuquerque for the Balloon Fiesta this weekend, which we figure is our last real vacation for the next five years.
Our game plan is pretty simple: First, find a contractor and take care of all the legal/government/permit issues. We gave ourselves a year to do that. Second, start renovating, which we also figured would take a year. Third, open the B&B, which will take at least two or three years to become self-sufficient. Until then, all of our time, money, and energy will be focused on Pennsylvania. We’ve already plotted our “vacation” schedule for 2004: Four trips to Lancaster, and one to Georgia (my family).
Fortunately, we’re lucky in three ways: We’re both professionals, so we can afford this; we don’t have any children, so we can afford this; and we’re both (relatively) young, so we think we can afford this.