About This Site

PLEASE NOTE! COMMENTS can be added to any individual post, by clicking on any “Recent Posts” entry at the bottom of each page.

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Many pages have slideshows, so patience will be rewarded with additional photos.  The slideshows are indicated by dots under the picture.

Some pages such as categories and the home page provide continuous entries from more recent to older posts. An “Older Entries” link at the bottom keeps going back in time, then “Newer Entries” moves forward again.

My other websites, now stored on Google Drive, please feel free to browse –

– For three years while in the Peace Corps, which I joined after I was 60 years old, and for a while afterwards, I maintained a website that includes a lot about life in Romania where I went in 2006 and returned from in 2009, my family in the United States and Germany, and includes a lot of wonderful photographs from Europe and Alaska. Naturally there are some of my personal observations about culture and philosophy.   You can even learn to make traditional Romanian food like Christmas sweet bread and cabbage rolls.

– to reach the journal pages, where there is an index of entries listed in the left column

– Many photo galleries from 2006-2010.  For most of these, just click on the photo and it will move on to the next image. (Some may not work on every device.)
Check out this one, from Romania in the 1970s:

– The OLD website for Loren Lake B&B, which I managed in my Alaskan home.  This site has many photos of Alaska and my life there, including my family history and homesteading as a child and “living in the woods” as a young mother.

– Many photo albums to share.

Contact me at my email:


I’m stepping off the well-trodden path of expectations and “doing the right thing” to find a new way forward. This is my story.

I must have been born a vagabond who took a 25 year detour to raise my kids, and then somehow got “married” to the house I built to raise them in, and now I’ve been (mostly) enjoying it for another 20 years. Through all that time I had a busy professional life and volunteered in every possible way to make my community a better place to live. But my friends and family have all moved away and none of my grandkids are being raised here… so at last I want to reclaim my life, to follow my wandering urges and to have the FREEDOM that I have never allowed myself before.

In November 2012 I bought a motor home and in January 2013 I took my sweet dog Cheyenne, who is aging like me, and we headed into the sunset. We are always excited to see what is over the next hill. The house isn’t sold – yet.  But I have a freeze alarm that calls phone numbers if the temperature drops enough to freeze inside.  It’s not complete freedom, but it’s more mobility.


  1. Andrea February 2, 2014

    Whatever made us become “married” to the house? To a “permanent” idea of life? It’s a rhetorical question…

  2. Kristin January 11, 2014

    Mary, How nice to hear from you and know that someone is following this journal! Sounds like you are someone I should know, and it will be nice to get together. I’ll be in touch!

  3. Mary December 29, 2013

    I stumbled on your blog while looking at possible campgrounds near Casa Grande and what a find! I have not read all your posts but love what I have read. I am a widowed woman for the past 13 years and have been RVing alone since that time (have been RVing for 46 years!). I have a 34 foot class A Winnebago Brave, tow a Saturn Vue and have a spoiled 13 yr. old mini-dachshund. I have a home in Sun City West, AZ and am now year ’round there. When I “snowbirded” it, I was a campground host in Illinois for a while and loved it. I love travelling in my RV and hope I can do it yet for a few years (am now 72 yrs. old!). I so hope our paths cross sometime at a campground…you are really someone I would love to meet and share a glass of wine and tales from the “trail”. Would welcome hearing from you….drive safe and enjoy every minute of your travels. Mary

  4. Shar April 10, 2013

    This is great. I might have done this the last 20 years so thanks for sharing and maybe i will finally do what people have been asking me to do for that long-write a book or the like. Good job Shar

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