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ABOUT

HI THERE. I’M GREG. I’m a retired divorce litigation attorney. For the past three years, my wife Florence and I have been exploring America. This is the story of our greg Great American Adventure. It began when we left home in San Diego in June of 2013. Join us. You’ll have fun!

BACKGROUND. I practiced law in San Diego for 34 years. I also served as a pro tem Superior Court Judge, hearing family law cases. I loved my career. I had so many fascinating clients and experiences representing them that I’ve recently been persuaded to write a book about those 34 years as an attorney. We’ll see where it goes.

EARLY RETIREMENT. What prompted my early retirement was that there remained so many other things I wanted to do. I decided to begin a new chapter in my life. Having the time, good health and energy to devote more time to my myriad other interests was something I couldn’t resist.

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HOBBIES. Cooking, photography, landscaping, writing, charity work for those less fortunate and riding my Kawasaki jet skis were activities I wanted to spend more time pursuing. So was Motorhome travel around the United States. That interest is the subject of this Blog.

OUR IDEA. The “idea” for the Adventure occurred to me one afternoon last Spring, while my wife Florence and I were sitting on the front porch of our ranch in Deerhorn Valley, California, located in the back country of San Diego. The spot is beautiful: Mountain views from every room in the house, a majestic oak tree grove, football field-sized lawns, a rose garden with about 150 plants to tend, a large greenhouse, dozens of fruit trees, fresh vegetables, a seasonal creek flowing under a small bridge on the private drive to our home and lots of wildlife. We had a pair of golden eagles nesting nearby,  monogamous barn owls that had babies every year, soaring red tail hawks and turkey vultures, lots of coyotes, an occasional fox and of course a few deer. Every once in a while a curious Bobcat even visited us!

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My wife Florence is the navigator and mechanic. I’m the cook. Go figure! 

WE LOVED OUR “WISE OLD OWL RANCH” IN SAN DIEGO. On that Spring day as we sat on the porch, the horses were nibbling the grass beyond the white rail fence. Our German Shepherd dogs Gunner and Mima oversaw the entire operation. We couldn’t have been happier than living right there!

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TIME FOR A NEW CHAPTER IN OUR BOOK OF LIFE. My “idea” was: Why not move along? Why not relish the time we’ve had in Deerhorn Valley but turn a page in the story of our lives?  Why not see what the rest of this Country has in store for us? Why not chat with the ranchers in Montana and talk to the lobster fishermen in Maine? We’d lived in Southern California all our lives and loved every day of it. However, wouldn’t it be fun to experience the seasons? Why not see the sights, explore the history and learn how others live? Why not buy a Jeep, cross a few streams in it and maybe even get a kayak to strap on top of it?  So, the answer to the question: “Why?” became “Why not?’ We decided to run with it.

WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU. We’d love to hear from you while we’re on the road. If you just want to say “hello” or if you want to comment on a post, place or topic, click the envelope icon on the sidebar to send me an email. Or send it directly to me: Greg@GreatAmericanAdventure.Net. If you share my love of cooking, check out my “Cooking” and “Eateries” pages. I’ve got a link to my personal recipes, as well. Try one and let me know what you think.

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We’re loving life in this photo.

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This is Molly, our Maltipoo puppy. In this photo she was still at her breeder’s kennel, because she couldn’t fly in a plane to join us until she weighed four pounds! She’s our travel companion on the road. 

“This, then, is a record of our Journey, our Great American Adventure. We will follow our hearts, not an itinerary. We will focus on the Journey, not on a destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity, but in doing it. We’re wandering, but not lost.”

Greg Alford, August 2013


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