I was born in the first year of the Baby Boomers: 1946. I'm divorced with a pair of grown children, a great son and wonderful daughter plus son-in-law, and have spent my life studying and making textiles. My present goal is to live in all the national parks that I can reach with my Subaru and Aliner and to live, hike, spiritually soar and design knitting inspired by the adventure. I began this journey in early March, 2011 with a mad dash from Lowell, MA to Key West - dodging the snow storms which plagued the East Coast the winter of 2010-11.
This is not my first journey; I've traveled all my life. My first solo venture was a 2.5 year adventure camping in the US followed by travel to Europe, Singapore, a freight steamer to India then lived a year in Munich, Germany before returning to study art and weaving in graduate school.
My desire to learn something specific lead me to my favorite travel destinations: India for textile and spiritual studies, Europe for taiji, textiles and friends, US for teaching, friends, museums and national parks for spirit, spectacular beauty and history.
My book, Latvian Mittens, was published in 1981 and is still in print, plus I've designed many patterns for books and magazines and am a technical editor for knitting publishers. I also give Latvian mitten workshops as I travel.
Because I now live in a tiny, move-able house, I've given up most of my stuff. But those things now most essential to me are: computer for some contact with others, books, yarn plus needles, comfortable shoes and comfortable bed. I don't eat beef, but eat a little of other meats and lots of veggies.
This is written before using airbnb, but while on my journeys I've been a guest of family and friends around the world. They all report that I'm easy to live with and helpful. More reviews will be forthcoming from airbnb hosts.