bebon7

Age: 55-65

Member since March 2015

Former college professor, published author and educational consultant, recently widowed, and enthusiastic about boondocking. I'm chemically sensitive, so must avoid campgrounds.

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Originally from the South, I have resided and travelled in the Pacific Northwest for 30+ years along with my beloved husband, Andy, who passed away two years ago after battling an aggressive form of multiple myeloma (bone marrow cancer) for 9+ years.

For nearly 20 years, I was a college professor at The Evergreen State College and part-time faculty for several other colleges and universities in Wa. State. At the same time, I started my own education consulting business, offering a variety of educational services including training, public speaking, curriculum design and writing on a variety of health-related, education and management topics. Shortly after my husband was diagnosed, I put my professional activities on hold to assist him in managing his disease as a chronic illness, which we did very successfully for a long time.

Andy was the love of my life and his loss has been very difficult for me to bear in many ways. But I have a strong spirit, which is replenished by being in natural places. Both of us enjoyed spending time in nature more than anything. He was a wetlands biologist and for a time worked as a back-country ranger. We both did hiking and climbing (him, far more than I!) and, as we got older and less capable of strenuous activities, we enjoyed just hanging out for hours in beautiful places looking at mountains, rivers and streams, birds and other wildlife and watching the night sky.

Since April 2015, I have been taking a 8,000 mile cross-country "healing" journey in my RV from Washington State to Richmond Virginia and back, boondocking by myself in remote places (on federal and state lands mostly). I have a Winnebago Vista equipped with solar panels, and I do a good job of conserving resources, so I can stay out for a few weeks at a time without needing to "dump" or refill.

Where I live, I have no family and only a few close friends. All my siblings, children and extended family live in the South or East Coast. I have a disability (multiple chemical sensitivities) that makes it difficult for me to be in public places or spend time with people who use or wear scented products, so I am fairly isolated from other people much of the time, unless they are fragrance free.

I'm currently planning to leave Virginia to head back to Wa. State in June for the second major leg of my trip. So far, my trip has been INTENSE and has helped me to gain some new perspective on who I can be and how to reinvent myself without my beloved Andy in my daily life.

In the spirit of full disclosure, let me say that I'm not necessarily looking for new friends, though I've made many on my journey so far! I'm also not looking for a new life partner--as far as I'm concerned, I'm still "married." I just need a place to park my rig as I travel about to various places. I'm not unfriendly or anti-social by nature, but right now I need to spend a lot of alone time in nature and out on the open road to try to recover from spending many months in Virginia having very challenging experiences with a couple of close family members who have been in crisis situations.

Thank you for your understanding and your help with places to camp.

Skills & Expertise to Share

None at this time

Favorite Boondocking Locations

DNR land in Wash. State and BLM in Oregon; national parks, colleges and other unusual places.

bebon7's Hometown

Olympia, Washington

bebon7's Guest Details

bebon7's Rig

2011 Winnebago Vista, 26P feet, Class A, two slideouts, no decorations