Episode 005 Retiring and the Relocating Alternative
We retired in
This is Retirement Talk. I’m Del Lowery.
When we retired, our
children, who had been raised in
We made a list of features that we might like in a new home: mountains, salt water, a university close to a large city, and a climate that was not known for getting hot.
We planned a long year trip
to look around. My wife drove the car loaded with clothes, sound system, my guitar
and the dog. I rode an old BMW Motorcycle as we headed south from
Within thirty minutes of
crossing south from the Canadian border we had found our place to retire. It
was right on the coast – thus, saltwater. The beautiful
Within one month we were looking for a house to buy. All the other choices receded in the distance, never to be compared. By the end of October we had purchased a house with a view of the bay.
It is now 18 years later and we still live in the same house. During the first year we volunteered at the Art Museum to teach a few classes to grade school students. I volunteered at a local environmental organization. Brenda joined a group of artists experimenting with watercolors. I found a guitar teacher at the college and plugged into the local guitar world. We both joined the local chapter of Amnesty International. We biked every day. We learned our way around the community on two wheels.
We did return to
We have become very active in political and community efforts. We helped start a local farmers market. We worked on a greenway and trails levy. We managed a political campaign. I even ran for mayor; I lost, but it was worth the effort. I met some great people and learned a lot about our community. And, “No”, I never ran again.
This political effort left me fairly well known in town and I was asked to launch a radio interview show. Though I had never worked in radio, I found it very enjoyable. Each week for four years I talked to various people from our community for one hour over the local college radio station. I met a lot of people and learned a great deal about our community. “No”, I didn’t get paid. It was a volunteer effort.
We also helped launch the Northwest Classical Guitar Society. Our group has now met every third Tuesday of the month for the past 16 years. Amazing! We have heard some great music and listened to hundreds of different players. We meet in the Fairhaven Library. The location and time have never varied over the 16 years. I think that is what has made for the longevity.
We are very glad that we did
venture down that long road many years ago. We still return to
Relocating has worked well for us. It has opened many new doors; offered us a new perspective on life. It has challenged us to take a new look at the world and ourselves. You might want to give it a try.