Two years ago Peggy and I decided to ‘settle down’ in Southern Oregon after travelling around North America for three years in our small RV. It was a good decision. We ended up purchasing five acres of property. The beautiful Applegate River flows in front of our house. Our back property line is the gateway to over a million acres of National Forest land.
Peggy loves rivers and I love wilderness. It is a perfect match. Every morning we wake up with smiles on our faces.
Deer, bear, squirrels, foxes and numerous species of birds consider our property as part of their territory or at least a convenient stop off place. Last year a bear tipped over our bar-b-que. A couple of weeks ago a skunk let go under our house. This summer Peggy waged an unceasing war against ground squirrels that discovered her garden.
It all comes with country living. Mainly, we are amused by the antics of our furred and feathered friends.
I used a Have-a-Heart trap to catch the ground squirrels and founded a new colony down the road and across the river on BLM land. The little buggers always went for the zucchini bait. I told them Peggy would be much less merciful. She was starting to practice with her pellet pistol.
We have been enjoying a beautiful fall and feel a slight tinge of regret that we are leaving to travel. I suspect the cruise of the Mediterranean with its extensive stop offs will make up for any regrets. Peggy and I do love to wander.
I thought about blogging while in Europe but I want to spend my time exploring.
So I’ve decided to focus my blog, Wandering in Time and Place, on my experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia, West Africa. The stories are already written. Every other day I will post a new one chronologically in chapter format. When I get back in two months, I intend to publish the tales both digitally and in print as a book.
In the stories you will meet Boy the Bad Dog who ends up as guest of honor at a village feast, learn how to wage war against Army Ants, attend the hot machete trial of the Woman Who Wore No Underpants, and discover why the Liberian government felt the second grade reader I wrote was a dangerous revolutionary document. And that’s only the beginning…
I hope you will join me on the adventure.
7 thoughts on “At Home in the Woods of Southern Oregon”
What a gorgeous place to settle.. simply gorgeous.. You are off to Europe? How truly blessed you and Peggy are to be able to see so much of our world. I get a bit sad at times for my travels have been so limited and I know I will never see all I wish to see.
However, Africa is one place I will go..It’s been my personal dream for 35 years.. Next summer …God willing 🙂
I’ve always travelled… even when all I could afford was hopping on my bicycle for a six-month tour of North America. I was lucky when I met Peggy 20 years ago that I found a soulmate who loved travel as much as I do. (We’ve tended to put our money into traveling.) Hope you enjoy my Africa stories. They are lined up and ready!
WOW!!! I may be looking for a new place to live in the next 6 months…. I think I’ve found it! STUNNING.
Two homes in our neighborhood are up for sale. (grin)
Looks like an amazing place to live
Quite beautiful… and it fits my ideal of where I always wanted to live. Now I no longer have to escape to the wilderness; it’s out my back door.
That is ideal, one day I plan to do the same.