Maggie (the rescue dog) and I are returning to the road to reinvention in the winter of 2017-18., after summing on Long Island. We plan to follow the sun and stay in warm climates where temperatures are above 55 degrees. Point of interest are National and State Parks, the 100 best public golf courses, and visit friends and family in the Lower 48, aka Continental U.S.
Born in Southern California in the newly created suburbs of Orange County of the early 1950’s. My parents moved my three sisters and I, from Southern California to Anchorage, Alaska in 1968. It was like moving from Woodstock to Happy Days, a total culture shock. College in Eugene, Oregon, a summer in Europe 1973, traveled in Asia for six months in 1985. I came of age in Anchorage, Alaska from 1968-95, and have been there and done that, so no need to revisit Alaska. While I still consider Anchorage, Alaska home, I no longer go there. You can read more about Alaska’s decline from the progressive Last Frontier to going bat-shit crazy and rabid Republican in the 1990s. Alaska was a place where everyone and everything was new. But the state made a right turn, and the creation of Sarah Palin is why I left. Alaska to Nevada was my first “reinvention”.
Four years in Carson City, Nevada I enjoyed exploring the Sierra Nevada Mountains from 1995-99. I learned to play golf there, and became addicted. I moved again and recreated myself again in Washington D.C., becoming a lobbyist on Capitol Hill in 1999 for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
17 years of walking the halls of the U.S. Capitol talking to Members of Congress advocating for workers on behalf of unions, I saw our Democracy up close and personal. The money and the gerrymandering of congressional districts have corrupted our government. I couldn’t stand it anymore. In June 2016, I sold my 3 story row house on Capitol Hill, got rid of all my furniture and possessions. Except for a 5 ft storage in Florida, but I need to get rid of that stuff too, someday.
Growing up in CA, my fondest memories are of my Mom renting a tear drop trailer, piling the family in the station wagon and heading to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, a National or State Parks. I am reverting to my childhood.
I bought a 19′ Airstream International in Houston, TX, and spent the winter of 2017 driving west to California. I spent the summer on Long Island at my sister Robin’s beautiful home in Westhampton, NY.
In September, I sold Scout and upgraded to a 20′ Flying Cloud. It is amazing what an additional one foot and 10 inches get you in an Airstream. A kitchen with counter space and lots more storage. I bought my first Airstream for $28,000. and sold her for $29,000. Airstreams are an investment, and hold their value. Not to mention the great style of an Airstream.
The 2014 Flying Cloud was an additional $10,000, but it is the trailer I really wanted and couldn’t find last year. Thanks Airstream Classifieds and Ebay!
After Thanksgiving with family in Cary, North Carolina, we will be heading south for the winter. I hope you’ll stay tuned and subscribe to my blog.
Now please join me in singing the Kathy Mettea song, Further and Further Away.