Last updated: 12 Jan 2022
So how did this blog come about? And what is my purpose in creating it?
A couple of years ago, a friend was heading down to Florida to visit some retired relatives and friends living in a large retirement community there. Knowing that I am many years from retiring myself, she suggested that I might want to consider buying property there. The community has clubs for quilting, walking, card playing, all kinds of things. The whole idea of being tied down to one place for my retirement was beyond my comprehension. Or more so, my acceptance of that as my fate.
But her suggestion brought about some ideas back into my consciousness. I had originally planned to retire early, preferably at the age of 60. I am a very independent person who liked to think that I could create and execute such a plan without difficulty. But the loss of my job due to company relocation and the need for me to stay behind to care for my terminally ill dad quickly killed that dream. Although I was able to find some contract work and didn’t suffer as much as many others did, it took me almost three years to find another full-time job with benefits.
And as a life-long traveler (5 continents, 33 countries, and 48 states), my dream was to drive the backroads of this great country of ours. I’ve seen many of the “big” places, Yosemite, Yellowstone, the coast of New England, all of them beautiful beyond compare. But what I wanted to do was to stop and see all of the “little” things that I missed along the way. Signposts that pointed to villages, small museums, historical sites, roads leading to canyons, and mesas not visited by the weekend warriors of travel.
So, I woke up that dream again and formed it into a desire to buy myself an RV and a companion vehicle of some kind to travel those byways for at least a few years. Moving every few days or weeks, I can park the RV and gallivant around in the vehicle to see these wonders.
Knowing that I realized that I have a lot of learning to do as well as a lot of experiences to share. So, I decided to create this blog for interested people to follow along with my discoveries and new skills and knowledge as I develop my “retirement plan”. And to help people benefit from the many tips, tricks, and experiences I have to share from my years as a global traveler. And to have some fun, correspond with like-minded people, and learn from them as well.
Oh, about that friend of mine??? She came back from the retirement community and said it was not for her either. So, maybe we will have an occasional travel companion along the road. I wouldn’t be surprised…