Mike and I met each other when we were in our early 40’s. I was in an elevator in the Los Angeles World Trade Center building where I worked. The elevator doors opened and this tall good-looking guy got in. He had long dark brown hair pulled back in a ponytail and was wearing jeans, tshirt, running shoes, and an earring. We were instantly attracted to each other! He looked so out of place in this building where all the men wore business suits. But he worked in the building, too. And his floor required a key to exit the elevator. Very mysterious. It took several weeks of flirtatious smiles during chance sightings in the elevators and lobby before we got up the nerve to speak to each other. I learned he was a Federal Agent on a task force dealing with guns, drugs, and gangs. We began dating and a romance followed that was filled with passion reserved for teenagers .. butterflies, weak knees, inseparable and the inability to stop smiling. We were married in 1991.
We made our home in Simi Valley, California with our 2 children from our former marriages, Linda’s daughter Kimberly and Mike’s son Sean. Now Kimberly is married to Lance and has 3 children (Blake, Garrett and Paige). Sean is married to Keni and has 2 children (Kailyn and Brady). Missing our wonderful kids and grandkids is the toughest part of this traveling retirement lifestyle.
When we retired in 2005, we sold our home and all of our possessions to buy a world class blue water cruising boat. For the next 7 years, we lived on our sailboat Aquila and explored Central America, the Caribbean Islands, and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to spend 3 years in Europe. Our families have vacationed with us in many exotic locations and we are thrilled that they got to share these experiences with us.
Now we are ready to try something new. We want to explore the USA in a motorhome. We want to see and experience all the beautiful, natural, historic, and fun places that this country has to offer. Plus, we’ll be closer to home and it will be easier to see the kids more often.