I retired four years ago to pursue my passions of writing and travel. My husband and I sold our home in southern California in 2010 and moved to the Pacific Northwest. We've spent our time her exploring the Olympic Peninsula, British Columbia and the San Juan Islands. We never met a beach that we didn't love and spend as much time at the beach as possible. We are avid walkers and prefer vacation destinations where we can park our car and walk to restaurants, shops etc. We are quiet people and will treat your property with the same respect that we treat ours. What five things can't I live without? 1. Books. I love them. 2. The beach. There is no place on this earth where I feel more at peace than at the beach. One of my dreams is to live at the beach and I am busy trying to find the perfect spot. 3. Pasta. What's not to love??? 4. Travel. I can't get enough of it. 5. Did I mention pasta? My husband's (Charles) favorite vacation was an Alaskan cruise. The beauty of Alaska is indescribable. My favorite vacation was a three week drive along the New England coast. So many beaches. So little time. Trips on my bucket list include renting an apartment on the Amalfi coast and exploring every inch of Italy; a cruise from Seattle to Australia and New Zealand; rescuing turtles on the Galapagos Islands and a complete exploration of the Atlantic Maritime provinces of Canada. I love to read books but I also love to write them. My mantra is "It costs nothing to dream and everything not to.:
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