John and I are daring to attempt to shape our future yet again. We know that we're not the ones in control but we continue to dream.
Since beginning the lifestyle of living in The Jazz and traveling about from park volunteer job to job, we have learned that we enjoy the freedom from caring for a house, from working 8-5 five days a week, from being in one place most of the time. Although this is earlier in our lives that we pictured ourselves retired, we are going to attempt to put a full-fledged semi-retirement in place.
We are going to attempt living as "snowbirds." Wikipedia states: "The term snowbird is used to describe people from the U.S. Northeast, U.S. Midwest, or Canada who spend a large portion of winter in warmer locales such as California, Arizona, Florida, Texas, the Carolinas, or elsewhere along the Sun Belt region of the southern and southwest United States, Mexico, and areas of the Caribbean."
What that means for us is that we plan to live in Canada from May through October, then head to warmer southern climates November through April. The key to the success of this plan has to do with having enough income to support this nomadic way of life for as long as it satisfies us.
I would love to have two wonderful communities in which to split my time. I would love to have warmer, drier weather all year long. At different times of the year, I would love to take turns being closer to good friends and family that live far apart from one another.
By this time next week, John, Gingee and I will be heading northward towing The Jazz. We'll spend several days in Sebastopol (California) finishing up my ninety-year-old friend's personal history recording before traveling on through Oregon and Washington and then into British Columbia. A month from now, we'll be settling ourselves in yet another new "home" for a northern summer's stay.
Any tips for living a successful snowbird lifestyle? We definitely want to hear them.