I am an artist based in Southern Maine and making the most of life with my 25’ Winnebago View and my Schipperke, Skippy. I don’t like being cold, so I go where the weather suits my summer clothes!
I gravitate to the Florida Keys once I leave Maine, but enjoy any new place and enjoy meeting people!
My husband (who I lost to cancer in May of 2020) and I spent 8 years as Sunset artists in Key West and went “mobile” after Irma destroyed our 220 sq ft of Paradise where we had spent the previous 7 winters.
We started with a 5th wheel but downsized to our compact View and I love the freedom it gives me. My husband made me promise to continue my RV adventures and that’s exactly what Skippy and I are doing!
I became an artist unwittingly after losing a 26-year management position with a major telecommunications company during the Great Recession. I told my husband that I wanted to become a bohemian artist in Key West 6 months a year and he was all in! Since then I’ve been a workbird (as opposed to snowbird) and enjoy winters in Florida.
I have financed my travels by doing art shows and events.
I am a multi-media artist 👩🏼🎨 specializing in fiber, resin, calligraphy and acrylics. I am a juried member of the Key West Cultural Preservation Society and during the winter season, you just may find me at the nightly Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square. Lately I’ve been experimenting with Florida Keys folk art...painting royal poinciana seed pods, palm pods, sea grape leaves, etc. I try to see artistic possibilities in everything around me. Visit and Like my FaceBook Page “Wool Pearls” to see some of my stranded scarves and other creations.
I often have a plate of kindness rocks on my picnic table for fellow travelers to take as keepsakes.
Also, I am a coffee aficionado who roasts and brews some pretty decent cups!
I love music...not playing or dancing...just listening.
“Schippervising” my adventures is my Schipperke, “Skippy”. Say THAT 3 times fast!
Ever heard of a Schipperke? They are small, 15-18 lb. doggies, usually solid black. The breed originated in Belgium where they were used as ratters on the barges. They are also known as great herding dogs. My little girl loves RV travel almost as much as she loves to swim! They are best described as a big dog in a small package.
2020 was my first solo year of travel after losing my husband. The thought of boondocking was intimidating at first, but now it’s a regular part of my travel itineraries. I don’t mind “roughing it” and enjoy seeing new places and meeting new people.
I’m a frequent visitor of the Everglades which I find wild and beautiful. I seek beautiful and unusual places which is why BW is such a good fit for me. And I enjoy hosting BW’ers at my Maine home as much as I enjoy finding new boondocking locations when I’m on the road.
I have been living in the Wells, Maine area for over 40 years. It’s a lovely coastal area popular with summer tourists. The beaches are spectacular but the water is COLD! The Southern Maine coast has miles of beautiful beaches and plenty of lobster! It is a popular tourist destination for people of all ages and interests. My favorite Maine destination is the Rangeley Lake region in the western mountains of Maine...just a short distance to the Canadian border. I’m definitely a country girl and avoid the big cities as much as possible.
2014 Winnebago View Profile with side slide behind driver seat. Slide is not necessary for our overnight comfort.
It was my pleasure to host this lady. I hope she enjoyed her stay and she is welcome back again.
Was #44. Back as #60. Wonder what your return number will be. Some may think it inappropriate but felt so comfortable with this couple we allowded them as returning guests who knew routine and set up to come on while we were gone and all was just fine when we got home late that day.
Travel safe know you will be back before spring.
We look forward to their return often before heading north in April
Friendly, respectful and appreciative of our amenities. Had brief times to visit and share. The dogs all got along just fine. Travel safe, enjoy time with friends and we will let you know if we get Picked by the Pickers.
The Maine-iacs is a very nice retreat and far from behing maniacs!😁 Gail is about as down to earth as one gets. Quiet setting in a rural neighborhood, she has a great place. Although we didn’t get to stay long, she welcomed us in with open arms, shared a glass of wine, and got to know one another a bit. Hopefully our trails are going to cross again in southern Florida. She’s a great person, and we really enjoyed our conversations and her big heart hospitality!
We felt welcomed by our Host from the beginning. Helped us get backed in to the perfect spot in the driveway so we would be nice & level. Got to share an afternoon drive to Mount Agamenticus with her & Skippy. Later she graciously invited us to share a lobster/corn-on-the-cob meal with her on our last evening together. We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each other, share life stories and travel stories. We sure hope to come back someday. Hope we meet in our travels or even in Key West- you never never know!
We were sorry we did not have more time to spend with Maineiacs. We understand she is a fiber artist of great renown and we would have liked to have seen some of her work. Hopefully we will visit again in the future.
We had such a great welcome from Maineiacs for our first trip to Maine. We were given suggestions on where we could park our rig so we could visit the ocean beaches even before we left home, which helped solidify our travel plans. She was there each time we returned from sightseeing to help us get backed in, which was super easy with her nice straight driveway, When it rained all day, she gave us ideas for local indoor attractions. And she graciously invited us to share a lobster meal with her on our last evening together, and gifted us with hand painted souvenirs that will always reminded us of her wonderful hospitality. We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know our host and hope to see her and Skippy again someday.
Thank you to our Kind host who met us and helped us back in and get plugged in. We had a nice chat after getting set up and the next morning we were offered to harvest some tomatoes and basil from their garden which we gladly accepted. As fellow artists we really appreciated viewing some of Maineiacs artwork and on our way out were offered memory stones to commemorate our stay. Wow, so beautiful, Super nice host -thank you again, what a wonderful beginning to our travels in Maine! Hope to come back again some time.
We had a wonderful visit with our host at this location. She was kind enough to provide electricity to help us get through the heat for our air conditioning unit. Perfectly level driveway setting in a quiet neighborhood. We hope to connect again.
Very nice hosts ! We felt very comfortable throughout our stay ! Thanks so much !
Host was friendly & gave great directions! Provided contact info., for questions we may have had. Arrived late, left early. Lovely neighborhood, perennials pretty and able to back into drive way & level up!
Would definitely return.