We both retired during 2008
Elizabeth retired mid -year and we celebrated with a trip to Uluru. This was in June, so it was below 0C at night. The image below was taken from a dawn helicopter trip.
Later in the year, we undertook a 4 week trip to the US. Starting in New York, then to visit friends in DC and on to Los Vegas as place to start visiting National Parks in southern Utah, northern Arizona and California.
Highlights in the National Parks were the Arches NP
Monument Valley (see featured image above) and Sequoia NP where there the massive trees were amazing and there were many black bears.