http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/nfsnc/recarea/?recid=48114t. In February, with our time to report to North Carolina looming in April, we decided to sell our home. That plan evolved further during our time at "the Cradle" due, in no small part, to our new friends Lydia & Jim Decker, who had been "fulltiming" for about a year ("fulltiming" is defined as living full time in an RV). The house sold quickly and we returned to Lake Zurich, IL in August, 2012, to sell everything else we owned (except for a few precious items now kept in storage). As we pulled away from our old "hood", we were already sensing the new found freedom that was now ours, while, at the same time, missing our peeps.
After Bill's knee replacement surgery and a short vacation at Starrett Lake, Wisconsin (Suttie family campgrounds since 1932), we headed off to our 2nd assignment at Joshua Tree National Park http://www.nps.gov/jotr/index.htm as "caretakers" of the remote "Keys Ranch" http://www.nps.gov/jotr/planyourvisit/ranchtour.htm in Southern California. Arriving there, we found ourselves 17 miles from electricity, phone, potable water and the internet, not to mention most days we saw more coyotes than people. WE LOVED IT!!! Going to return in October for another 3 month (at least) stint.
But, before that happens, we are now in North Carolina while I rehab from a shoulder surgery, and the start of this BLOG preceeds, by a few days, our tour of the lighthouses of North Carolina, where Bill has been comissioned (by my cousin Caron Andrus- http://www.andrusstoneware.com/ to create paintings of all the lighthouses along the North Carolina coast on hand thrown pottery plates. We leave for the coast on Friday, March 1st, 2013. We start the Lighthouse project at Oak Island http://www.oakislandlighthouse.org/ upon our arrival and work our way north, with a short trip to see Kelly in New York the weekend of March 22/23/24 (includes a quick stop in Chesapeake, VA to see Louis and Hank Boruch and Newport News, VA to see Tom & Linda Alford).
I hope you enjoy following our travels.
Jan & Bill Suttie
Mail: 110 E. Center Street
Madison, SD 57042
Jan Cell: (847) 438-3332
Bill Cell: (224) 567-0682
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