amazing summer in Alaska, I returned to Austin and worked a while
to replenish funds. While there, I met another fulltime RVer online
and we seemed to have so much in common that he came to Austin to
meet me. We spent about a month together and the attraction was
fast and furious. But I had previous plans to spend a couple of
months with my youngest daughter who had moved back to Maui, so
I left for the islands in March. When I returned to Austin in May
(after many phone & email marathons across the ocean), we married
and took off together. Shortly, basic compatibility issues overcame
passion and to make a long, sad story short (and to respect my ex's
privacy) we separated after the ridiculously short span of 3 months..
At least no one can now say that RVing is the craziest thing I've
By August, I
ended up back in Portland, Oregon, where I laid low for a while
and worked to restore both my finances and my spirit. I was able
to go back to work for Davis, Wright, Tremaine, where I had worked
during my first visit to Oregon in 2002. It was a time when I was
really thankful for familiar surroundings and "old" friends.
By Christmas, I was ready to move on to Ashland
and happier times.
read recently in a magazine article: "Despite our wish that
the center of our lives will hold firm, it never does. Life is like
an ever shifting kaleidoscope - a slight change, and all patterns
alter. One moment life feels full and perfect, and the next an accident
happens or we fall sick. Settled comfortably into being single,
we meet someone and fall deeply in love. We go along in one direction
when an unforeseen obstacle appears and we have to swerve. Suddenly,
stunningly, we are in a different life."
a quote from a Tibetan Buddhist master: "We must continue
to open in the face of tremendous opposition. No one is encouraging
us to open and still we must peel away the layers of the heart."
so life begins once again...and the road goes on forever...and the
journey never ends.