Three Months Plus Review

Today marks three months since we said bye-bye to our house in New York, hitched our trailer to a truck and set out for the four southern states we wanted to explore as potential “next home(s).” We’ve seen parts of Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and North Carolina with little bits of Virginia and Pennsylvania along the way.

As readers of this blog may recall, we dig the small towns and rural locations with one notable exception, Savannah. We love the way Savannah has incorporated 21 small squares (mini-parks, really) into its city plan and forgone high-rises in favor of an architectural plan that we find very pleasing. If it weren’t for the fear of 90-100 degree summers with high humidity, we’d probably move to Savannah in a heartbeat.

“Traditional” is one of my takeaways from the trip. I delight in the basics found in the south – old-timey bluegrass music, farm-fresh foods, and the way people here are inclined to mosey more than mush. I like sitting on a porch (like I am right now) listening to the sound of the birds and the water from a nearby creek. Like the treehouse-like home we left in Yorktown Heights or the condo we had along the Hudson River, I’m looking for a writer’s home surrounded by nature.

But this time – I want more nature and less commerce and more easeful conversation and less hustle. One hour outside of New York City in any direction sometimes LOOKS like it’s peaceful, but I can now report with confidence that it’s not that for me. The frenetic energy of a New York or any large competitive city pervades into its suburbs and leeks into one’s bloodstream. Great for some, but not for moi.

I was born in New York (45 minutes outside of NYC), but that doesn’t make it my ideal home. I believe that we need to travel to find that. Sure, a lot of our family members are in the northeast and that’s one part of “home” to us, but an ideal home is where one’s heartbeat matches the rhythm of the environment. For some people, that’s the city. For us, it’s the mountains or, perhaps, a quiet seaside town (if those still exist).

After we leave here, we have some gigs in the New York area which will include Westchester, Long Island, and Sullivan County (the Catskills). I’m really interested to see if we can find some of what we experienced down south in the western part of Sullivan County. Is it far away enough from NYC to have that peaceful vibe we seek?

One of our options continues to be a snowbird approach where we spend November-April in the South and then go north (or west) for May-October. The appeal of spending time in the Catskills would be its proximity to family and clients AND the simple, natural mountains that match our heartbeat. Let’s see…

So, we’ve now traveled in our RV for a total of four months (one in August 2020 from NY to Montana and back). And it looks like we’ve decided to go for another 3-6 months that will bring us through parts of New York as well as a potential swing into New England.

The Adventure continues!

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