Armchair travel eastern U.S. during Making the Most of Retirement series

grogg(STILLWATER, OKLA. / Nov. 2, 2016) –– On Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 1:30 p.m., Making the Most of Retirement presents “The Great Loop: Circumnavigating the Eastern Half of the U.S.” with Stan and Barbara Grogg. The program is the next armchair traveling installment in the OSU Emeriti Association’s monthly retirement series held at the Stillwater Public Library.

The program will detail the Grogg’s trip on a 42 foot, twin engine boat along the east coast and down the inland rivers near the Mississippi.

“The trip was a bucket list we made after hearing others discussing the trip,” said Stan Grogg. “I had also read a book about the adventure of a couple about our age who did the Great Loop without knowing much about boating.”

Grogg was able to take a sabbatical and vacation time to complete the trip, but the real issue was that the Groggs did not know how to operate a boat.

“The most challenging part was learning how to navigate a 42 foot boat,” said Stan Grogg. “We had no experience with boating, but learned quickly just by trial and error.”

The 5500 mile loop took 367 days to complete, but left the couple with memories of some of the most beautiful parts of America.

“An area we really liked was New York Harbor next to the Stature of Liberty, with a full view of Manhattan,” said Grogg. “The Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the fall with leaves changing colors was another beautiful sight. We also enjoyed Key West on New Year’s Eve. We were able celebrate the New Year with family, fishing and fireworks.”

“Making the Most of Retirement” meets the third Wednesday of each month. All local retirees are invited to attend the free programs.  The series will take a break in December for the holidays, but will return on Jan. 18. For more information, visit or contact the library at 405-372-3633 x106 or

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.).  Visit the library online at