Welcome to Oh, the Places We See!
We are Bert and Rusha Sams, a couple still pursuing dreams. We met at the University of Tennessee almost 50 years ago, and after 47 years of marriage, we’re still friends (hard to believe, even for us!) and usually making plans for what we want to see next.
One of our big dreams was this: Live in another city for a month. See the sites. Be a tourist. Enjoy the restaurants, museum exhibits, festivals. And travel with a few miles some days to get a feel for the area. Sound good? Well, it did to us, too.
We haven’t exactly taken the plunge to rent somewhere abroad or even in the States for a month, but we did begin the dream. We became tourists in our own city of Knoxville, Tennessee! Thanks to a friend who rented us his downtown loft, we found new places to eat, places to visit, and places to photograph. When we came out of retirement, we took part-time jobs affording us the opportunity to travel and work: Rusha with Discovery
Education — training educators in Idaho, New Mexico, Florida, and Nevada — and Bert with Enterprise — driving cars all over East Tennessee.
And so Boomer Travel has evolved for us, whether we stay a month or just a few days. We’ve discovered a fondness for local restaurants, local art, well, local anything — always interested in what makes a town or city unique be it the “big whoop” things or just the little nooks where people gather and enjoy their hometowns.
Meanwhile back in Knoxville, our interests include cheering on the UT Vols (Go, Big Orange!), reading current novels on our e-readers, watching movies in theaters, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity locally and internationally, and spending time with our family, especially our little granddaughter through whose eyes we now view the world all over again!
Hope you’ll join us as we recount experiences abroad in China, Nepal, India, Russia, and South Africa. Or let you see what we’ve found traveling in America — like The Palouse in Eastern Washington, the Boston Marathon, the beach at Pawleys Island, South Carolina, or our favorite spot in the whole wide world: East Tennessee. Would love to have you aboard! (And by the way, if you’ve got a space to rent for a month, give us a call. We’re up for a new adventure any