In June 2016 I sold my Washington, D.C. home (a three-story row house in NE) sold or gave away most of my belongings and began my Road2Reinvention. Maggie (my rescue dog) a Bearded Collie moved into a 19′ Bambi Airstream travel trailer I purchased in Houston, TX that fall. We planned to follow the sun and stay in warm climates, where temperatures are hopefully above 55 degrees. Points of interest are National and State campgrounds, public golf courses, and visiting friends and family in the Lower 48, aka Continental U.S.
Born in post WWII Southern California the 1950s saw the destruction of orange groves and spread of
suburbs across Orange County. In 1968 my parents moved my three sisters and I, from Southern California to Anchorage, Alaska. Obviously, my parents were NUTS! It was like moving from Woodstock to Happy Days, a total culture shock. I worked for a year after graduation from HS, to earn enough money for travel in Europe during the summer of 1973. Returning to Anchorage, Alaska I worked odd jobs before I realized I needed a college degree. I graduated from the University of Oregon in 1982. Ten years after my high school graduation, I am a late bloomer. Education is wasted on the young.
Again, returning to Anchorage, Alaska, I worked and took another travel sabbatical to Asia in 1985, with my Cousin Karen and later joined by other friends on their vacation. Karen in China, Gwen and Mary in Thailand, Richard in Australia, and sister Becky and “Wasband” (ex-husband) Ted who was living in Singapore at the time. I returned to Anchorage (again) and I went to work for the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
I came of age in Anchorage, Alaska from 1968-95. Since I lived in Alaska for 27 years, I have no reason to return. Been there and done that. While I still consider Anchorage, Alaska home, I no longer go there. I will share my tales of growing up and coming of age in Alaska in this blog. Especially, Alaska’s decline from the progressive “Last Frontier” to going batshit crazy and rabid Republican spawning the likes of Sarah Palin. Alaska was a place where everyone and everything was new. But the state made a hard right turn which 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 and became an addict. My 2nd reinvention was in 1999 when I moved from Carson City, Nevada to Washington D.C., and became a federal lobbyist 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, I saw our Democracy up close and personal. Rather I saw the polluting influence of money and the gerrymandering of congressional districts that have corrupted, broken, and stolen our democracy.
I couldn’t stand it anymore. I quit! Truthfully, I retired thanks to my union pension and Social Security. The best thing I did was get rid of most of my stuff, especially my professional clothes!
Growing up in CA, my fondest memories are of Mom renting a tear-drop trailer, piling the family in our station wagon, and heading to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and the National or State Parks. I am reverting to my childhood.
In September 2017, I sold the 19′ (Scout I) and upgraded to a 20′ Flying Cloud: Scout II. It is amazing what an additional one foot and 10 inches will get you in an Airstream. A kitchen with counter space and lots more storage.
Since moving into Scout II, we have traveled cross country to Palm Spring, CA, Tucson, AZ, Austin, TX, Long Island, NY, Stuart, FL and back again.
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