Six years ago, my wife and I moved to the Northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, to a timber home we call “Just Right” that backs up to Shenandoah National Park and is surrounded by the Appalachian Trail and the Skyline Drive. We had visited the area for many years to enjoy section hikes on the Appalachian Trail and numerous off-shooting blue blaze trails, fly fish the native trout of the many streams, and canoe and kayak the nearby Shenandoah River. The decision to make this move was a very difficult one for me, as it involved taking an early retirement from a job I had held for 19 years, and stepping into the unknown. As it turned out, it was actually not a retirement, but an opening that made way for my “3rd Act” as a university professor, a job that I love and that affords me time in the summers to hike, kayak, canoe, and sing, play, and write more music...
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