My life has been full, challenging, and interesting. I grew up in a Military family, living in various states in the US, Germany and France. It stimulated my life-long love of travel and adventure. I've lived on the East Coast, Germany, France, Montana, Washington and in the San Francisco Bay Area. I'm an alum of The College of William and Mary, University of Washington, and the University of California (Berkeley). Starting in 1972, I worked as a privately-practicing Marriage and Family Therapist in the S.F. Bay Area of California. My neurosurgeon husband, Bob, died in January of 2016, after which I sold the family home, bought my RV, and hit the road. I'm currently in the publication process for my first full-length book, "Emotions in Motion: Mastering Life's Built-in Navigation System." I plan to write several more.
I've always loved the out of doors, spent summers on my grandparent's farm in South Georgia (picking cotton, putting in tobacco, fishing, canning tomatoes, and stacking peanuts). I'm driving a Class B RV, traveling with my little Maltipoo dog, Pi. In the last two years, I've traveled in 30 states and 4 Canadian provinces. I've been writing, consulting and have also delivered some speeches. I've bet wonderful people through these travels.
I have Boondocked with several members of this group. I've always had an amazingly wonderful time. Such interesting, giving and helpful people! Boondocking has given me a level of freedom, plus the opportunity to meet wonderful people and get to know the areas in which I travel more intimately. I tell everyone about Boondockers Welcome, which I think fills a very important need. Thank you, Marianne! Thanks, also, to everyone with whom I have stayed, as well as those I've yet to meet!
My skills are those of relating: communication skills, emotional mastery skills, conflict resolution skills, etc. I also am a good cook. I give speeches and seminars, garden (which I'm figuring out how to do in my RV!), love animals, enjoy meeting new people, and am a natural helper. My best skills are somewhat hidden: they are the skills involved in staying emotionally balanced, regardless of what is happening. I have so enjoyed meeting and spending time with new people as I travel. I feel like I'm creating a new, more widespread, family for myself.
I am an animal lover, having made a home for rabbits, birds, a parrot, dogs, cats and a horse during my adult life! Now, I have one little dog, Pi, a Maltipoo, currently 6 years old. She's a wonderful traveling companion. She listens to everything I have to tell her, never criticizes or complains, and does her best to please me. She has come to love traveling and has enjoyed many dog park experiences! She loves to chase her red kong.
I don't "do" favorites; wherever I am, I love. I especially love mountain lakes, creeks and rivers, grassy spots, and quiet camping in out-of-the-way places.! Now that I have had opportunity to stay with several members of Boondockers Welcome, I am confident that wherever I go will be my "favorite"!
At this point I don't have a home town--in fact, as a military "brat," I never have. For the past 20 years I have lived in a small town in Northern California, El Sobrante. Before that, I lived 28 years in a lovely location in Marin County (above San Francisco). Prior to that, I lived on a houseboat in Seattle! I have children to both coasts, and a sister in Texas. I've done a lot of visiting with them, sometimes flying in and sometimes driving. Since I'm full-time, at this point there is no time when I am "not traveling." I have, however, discovered that I can have "company" while I'm on the road. Last year my 10 year old granddaughter, Ava, flew in and visited Sedona, the Grand Canyon, and Colorado, including sliding down the dunes in the Great Sand Dunes National Park. This year, her 13 year old sister is meeting me in North Carolina. We will then drive up the Shenandoah Valley, into Philadelphia, and then to Washington, D.C. for the July 4th fireworks.
A 2013 Leisure Van, a 24 foot Class B van with a Murphy Bed that folds into one wall. This wall is the only slideout. It's built on a Mercedes chassis. The major challenge of this van is that it's built close to the ground.
We loved to have Ilene as a guest. Took her on a tour of the island. Had great tralks together. Hope she comes back.
We had a wonderful time hosting idillon and the precious little dog for a couple of nights. We were gifted with her knowledge and wisdom and truly enjoyed our engaging conversations. We hope to meet up again someday.
Idillon is wonderful and has an open invitation to stay anytime she wishes.
Idillon were great guests. They stayed 2 nights and never heard the pup once. We had great conversation with her. She gives pause for thought about our emotions and our connection to the universe. Her insight and willingness to share it was a blessing that I would not have pedicted to find in a boondocker. We have received much more from sharing our space with complete strangers than I ever would have guessed. Having said all that, we would welcome both or them to stay on our property anytime!