Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Seal Harbor, Maine
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Re: Where do you want to retire in Caribbean or Central or South America?
Right here! Mount Desert Island, Maine!
Getting old SUCKS! I am retired and I would miss the variety and access I have living here on the Maine coast. NYC, Boston, DC and Portland are all world class destinations. As a senior I can get public transportation to any of them cheaper than I can drive. Sailing to them is a joy. To the Maritimes, too. I must spend a season in the PNW. With 7 adult children I get enough variety just visiting my grand kids. I have to spend October in Italy to get acquainted with the latest arrival. I did get to spend a week with her in DC, the week she was born, before her dad got posted to Rome. Glad they timed the her birth for the cherry blossoms. Ha! Her older sister, now 4, took us to Singapore for a month. After Italy its back to Arkansas for a Thanksgiving arrival. Two kids still in Maine. The calendar is full before I can make any long range plans and that is before we factor in siblings and friends. Maintaining easy access to all of them is the plan. I have a December arrival I haven't held yet!
I designed and built my house and love it. We abut a National Park, have a trout stream in the back yard, can walk to the yacht club in 5 minutes. There are 60 miles of car free carriage roads to ride our bikes on, trails to hike and X-C ski on right out the back door. The "summer people" go away in September and this place rents high at the drop of a hat. Our second home in southern Maine is waiting when we rent this one. We have a mooring there, too.
I would like to spend some winter months in some of the places posted here. Chartering works. I have lived in the tropics. Lovely but I never felt I would like it full time. Sold the FL house three years ago. I could see taking the boat to the keys for an occasional winter. There just aren't enough of them left to suit me!
Islander-28, Marshall Sandpiper
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