|Cameron and Jasper taking ownership of my 2004 Prius, June 2017|
|2015 Prius, Alabama Hills in Lone Pine, CA, April 2018.|
At the end of 2016 I went full-time. John and I divorced, and gratefully remain friends. I typically spend winters in the desert southwest as a snowbird, June in Washington to see my grandson, and the winter holidays in the west with family and friends.
|On the Oregon Coast with grandson Jasper, June 2017.|
|Thanksgiving pie with family in Southern California, Nov. 2017|
|Chrismas at Bryce's home with friends in Pahrump, NV, Dec 2017|
The rest of the year I typically follow the good weather on the road, exploring, in nature. I also started traveling to volunteer with Remote Area Medical (RAM) which is a mobile organization that communities host for a weekend to offer quality free medical, dental and vision services, no questions asked. I'm so impressed with them, ramusa.org. I would encourage you to seek free treatment if you need it, and volunteer and donate, if you can.
|A typical dental area of a RAM free clinic (extractions, fillings, cleanings), ramusa.org|
While in the desert southwest in the winters, the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous (RTR) is always a January highlight. This year we were written up in the NY Times.
|Cover photo from NY Times article, The Real Burning Man, Jan 2018.|
This year, for the first time, I organized and facilitated a 3-day Women's RTR following the main RTR. I was thrilled with the turn out, the mentoring sessions, panels, and camaraderie. I'm looking forward to our second annual WRTR next January.
|Friends at Dome Rock in Quartzsite, AZ before the RTR, Jan 2018.|
I have so many good friends, camp mates, and family to visit, I've been surprised at the amount of time I actually spend hanging with people. Somehow I expected, when I went full-time, I'd have large chunks of time to myself. That just hasn't been the case. I'm thrilled, and am learning to take the time I need to be alone and recharge when needed.
|Desert back road, north of Tucson, AZ, March 2018.|
That's my travel life right now and into the foreseeable future. I'm loving it. I'm living an amazing gift of freedom, experience, and contentment. So grateful.
|View from my camp on a New Mexico Lake, April 2018.|
I don't expect that I will be writing about my travels anytime soon. But, I wanted my readers, new and old, to know that I do respond to comments and questions. This blog isn't going away.
|Sunset, Padre Island National Seashore, TX, Nov 2017.|