I began traveling as a sophomore in high school when I took a road trip to Mexico and Guatemala with a church youth group. Since then I've explored England, Scotland including Orkney & Skye, Switzerland, Italy and most recently Maritime Canada. I'm originally from Maine, but have lived in Arizona and attended college in Santa Barbara, California. I love the planning of road trips. Hitting the open road before daybreak and watching the sun rise on the horizon brings me both contentment and joy. I am particularly fond of islands - the genuineness & warmth of their residents and the chill, laid-back pace of life. It's been my good fortune to have enjoyed three professions in my lifetime. Beginning as a third grade teacher in Phoenix after college, I returned to my home state of Maine where I worked in marketing to develop products for L. L. Bean, this was followed by a position as programming and event coordinator for a public library where we hosted a very popular "armchair " travel series that became an antidote for the "cabin-fever" we can experience towards the end of winter. In 2017, I retired from this last position to be home with my husband who was recently diagnosed with younger onset Alzheimer's. I look forward to purchasing a used Class B RV and exploring the UP/Great Lakes area, then across the northern tier states of the U.S., and hopefully Canada in the not too distant future.
I can't say I have any particular skill that is worth mentioning. I am just pleased to share what I know and value about the State of Maine with boondocker guests while providing a welcoming, peaceful place for them to "land" as they discover a few of the many treasures it has to offer.
I have two pets. A 4-year-old miniature schnauzer mix dog named Rosie and her feline playmate, side-kick - Alice. I also have chickens that free-range during the day and provide us with fresh eggs daily. Rosie has been accompanying me on my regular trips to Grand Manan and White Head islands in the Bay of Fundy multiple times each year. In addition to these animals we enjoy the wildlife that frequent the rural, riverfront location of our 1830's farmhouse. These include bald eagles, owls, turkeys and a diverse selection of songbirds as well as deer, fox, beaver, and an occasional moose.
When I'm not traveling, I live in an 1830's Greek Revival farmhouse in Midcoast Maine where my husband and I raised a daughter and son who have both caught the traveling bug. Our home, with its 18 acres, is located in a small village on the banks of the Androscoggin River - just a short 15 minute drive from the rocky coastline and islands of Casco Bay and many truly amazing restaurants and micro-breweries.