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“Opening the next chapter in your life”

Retire like you have always dreamed.
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RETIRING IN ANOTHER COUNTRY

Did you know you can live in a warm tropical country at a fraction of the cost? Places such as Thailand, Ecuador, Vietnam, Portugal, and Mexico are much more affordable.

HEALTHY CHOICES

Your happiness begins with finding a healthy lifestyle just for you.

Traveling abroad opens your eyes to new cultures.

You’d be surprised how friendly other cultures can be.

A Visit to Pendleton Oregon

While Pendleton may not be the first place you think of in Oregon, it is certainly worth a visit!   Home to the famous "Pendleton Round-Up" every September, the town is also known for the Pendleton Woolen Mill and fine leather goods.  It is also a place where the true...

I’m Never Going Camping!

As a child, camping in Southern California was a way of life.  Dad usually had a tent, camper or trailer, or some such people-sleeper and always a boat.  We'd go to one of the bays in San Diego to water ski, fish, or just go boating to see what we could see.  Being a...

Pirate Booty at the Anacortes Shipwreck Day!

Locally known as "The Town Garage Sale", Anacortes, WA closes off the downtown Commercial Avenue one Saturday a year for the annual Shipwreck Day.   Here you will find anything and everything for your home or boat (the town is on an island in NW Washington) - some new...

The Zen of Knitting Socks

For me, knitting is a form of meditation.   I have deep insightful conversations with myself while ignoring the outside world.   Knitting gives me a point of concentration while, in my mind, I solve the world's problems, have future conversations, and practice the art...

Do not buy a home in a flood zone – ever

You found the perfect home in a cute neighborhood. The kitchen is to die for, and you can walk to all of your favorite coffee shops and restaurants. There's just one problem, the house is in a flood zone. And with it, you have to pay for flood insurance. You think to...

Cambria California – Fine Coastal Living

We pulled into Cambria California on a foggy summer morning on a hunt for moonstones.   This stretch of the south coast was reported to have the translucent stones at the tide line.  The boardwalk - maybe a mile of wooden sidewalk above the beach was populated with...

Florence, Oregon – Sand Dunes at the Coast!

The Oregon coast is a wild and rugged place.   Sure, there are beautiful sandy beaches, but much of it is towering cliffs with waves crashing on the huge offshore rocks.   If you are in your twenties and have a wetsuit, it might be a perfect place to take a swim!  ...

Retirement Heaven: The Village of La Mesa, CA

La Mesa is one of those great little communities in southern California where you can walk to the corner store, have your morning coffee and then sit outside and enjoy the beautiful morning.  Located about 10 miles inland (east) of San Diego, La Mesa is a hilly little...

Cost of living and retiring in Hua Hin Thailand

My Thai fiance and I spent quite a bit of time in Hua Hin on my last trip to Thailand. Since I started writing this blog, I have had my eye on Thailand and Hua Hin specifically as a retirement destination. My fiance loves Hua Hin and travels there often, and many of...

Menifee, California – A Nice Warm Place to Retire

Menifee, California is in the Los Angeles basin just south of Riverside.   At the foothills of the mountains, this little community has gone through many face lifts from being an agricultural center for several hundred years to being a bedroom community for those...

The Best of Route 66 – Williams, Arizona

Williams Arizona prides itself as not only being part of Route 66, but being a step back in time to the 1950's when Elvis was king.  Classic cars are everywhere and the little town is often a stop for motorcycle riders making the pilgrimage on the most famous of...

Flagstaff, Arizona – High Country In The Desert

Flagstaff, Arizona is not what comes to mind when many people think of Arizona.   At 7,000 feet, this is the land of clean air, cool pine trees, huge snowfalls, four seasons, and warm tolerable summers.   Just 142 miles north of Phoenix, this is where the rest of...

Arches National Park – Where Rock Meets Sky

On a recent RV trip through Utah, we had the great good fortune to spend a couple of days in Moab.   First on the list; visit Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park.   Second:  Find some petroglyphs. We came in May because Utah is quite cold in the winter...

Keeping Active as a Senior – Walk!

Have you noticed that things are getting harder as we age?   Like getting up off the floor or from your knees?  Maybe you can no longer reach the top shelf in the kitchen or you get out of breath at the simplest little activity?   The depressing fact is that it isn't...

Cooperstown, New York – Home of American Baseball

Cooperstown is just 240 miles northeast from NYC and 80 miles west of Albany on the shores of the beautiful Otsego Lake.   A perfect weekend get away from the big city, Cooperstown, New York is where baseball fans come to see the National Baseball Hall of Fame and...

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