Retired public school teacher living in the White Mountains of northern New Hampshire in the community I taught in for 30 plus years. Worked w/ emotionally disturbed middle school aged youth both in the classroom and through an Outward Bound style adventure learning program: backpacking, hiking, rock climbing, mountaineering, snowshoeing, community service. Summer carpentry filled out the year.
Seems like ages ago.
I am definitely no longer recreating or swinging a hammer as I did at one point in time. Low back surgery x 3! Mixed reviews; one’s body heals better and differently at age 50 than at age 65.
Two adult daughters living in NH; great to be near. They are and have been my pride and joy. The youngest is married. All three are gainfully employed in their fields. In this day and age that is an achievement . We enjoy seeing all of them; they are far enough away that we have to call ahead, which is no doubt a good thing.
We are the proud grandparents of a 4 year old grandson: Wyatt Eugene Churchill. A second grandson Silas Edward Churchill graced us with his birth and presence in our life November 5th, 2015.
Along the way but no more: motorcycles, cross-country bicycling, rode a tandem touring bicycle, backpacking, hiking, rock climbing, mountaineering and snowshoeing, a number of foreign exchange students shared our home and family, grew and managed a market garden, raised and kept goats, chickens, and pigs, owned and loved Vizslas, built a couple of houses, drove cross-country a couple of summers running in a VW camper with the family, made extended visits to Alaska, fell in love with my Scottish heritage and the Isle of Mull … !
Winters still finds us piloting a 24′ Winnebago View 24P on a 3500 Sprinter chassis towing a Smart Car and chasing warm temps, live string band and Celtic music and photo ops!
Did I say PHOTO OPS!!
Cancer, in the form of multiple myeloma, found us and forced us to experience the Winter of 2015 in northern New Hampshire. Felt like a winter of old from back in the day. Chemo seems to have been successful but has left lots of niggling side- and after-effects. Slowly regaining our traveling (living) form.
Cancer is a maelstorm that everything becomes connected to and revolves around. Yet: One can and does live life with cancer.
Cuba welcomed us to it’s shore February, 2016. A wonderful and enriching experience. I would suggest it to all.
Waylaid with Ulnar Nerve Trans, Guyen’s Channel and Carpal Tunnel Release surgeries, hand wrist and elbow : YIKES! Right arm most involved, surgery May 2016. Left arm, surgery end of July 2016. Surgeon says 18 months until we can judge the healing.
Always travel as close to the locals as possible. No sense in surrounding yourself with your culture when another culture beckons.
Conway, NH 03818
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