As I sit here in the camper on day 54, I wonder where the time has gone. That first day and all its problems almost don’t seem real, more like a story someone else is telling. I have watched the summer come and go from a variety of places in the U.S. and have met many different people. Someone told me before I left that the time would go fast but I didn’t believe them. In this case I was wrong. Below are my top places visited that do not include family or friends. These are the places I want to bring Sheri and The Boys to experience.
The Outer Banks, North Carolina - I didn’t realize how much I miss the ocean until I was staring at it. The roar of the waves hitting the beach, the soft sand, and the sunsets all make for a soul fulfilling time. The Outer Banks reminded me of The Hamptons minus the snotty people and the need to be pretty at Sagg Main. I could spend all summer on the beach, reading good books.
Lake George, New York - a large lake, with the mountains as a back drop, and 1940-1950’s motels and resorts. It’s like stepping back to a time when families would gather for the summer. I would love to watch the sunsets with Sheri from matching Adirondack chairs. I could read and write a few good books here.
Northern Mississippi/ Oxford - I liked how it looked with the pines filling the woods; camping would be a must. Oxford, an old and distinguished city with its traditions and literary heritage would be fun to explore. Many restaurants offer culinary delights and I could sit in the square or Faulkner’s home for hours.
New Mexico/Santa Fe and the Forest- An unexpected beauty to the National Forest makes camping and hiking a must. Large ponderosa pines and rock outcroppings offer a diverse terrain that calms the soul. It feels good to be here. Santa Fe is a small but bustling city with a vibrant arts and entertainment scene. It would be fun to try the many different restaurants and search the galleries for that perfect painting. Bring lots of cash and you will have a good time.
Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona- The views are striking and the immense nature of the park calming. You feel how powerful and wonderful nature is as you drive the 28 miles of park road. Its beauty is found in many different areas. You feel good here.