In her book subtitled “A Western Odyssey,” author Christina Nealson recounts how she and her husband sold their house in Taos, New Mexico, divested themselves of nearly all their possessions and crisscrossed the West, from British Columbia to Baja California.
It’s a New Age sort of odyssey by a woman in her 50s who prizes solitude and introspection, enjoys the company of like-minded friends, and is wonderfully descriptive about her days hiking in forests and strolling on beaches. There are encounters with mountain lions, bears, sea turtles and whales.
As she explores nature, she must deal with deaths among friends and family, the loss of pets, the unraveling of a marriage, illness, a crashed computer, problems with an awning and a slideout on the motorhome and all the other big and little events that complicate life. Through it all we come to know the author and share in the fascinating journey of a brave woman thoroughly in tune with nature.
Nealson has written three other books and provided photographs for four others. Drive Me Wild is available at amazon.com and other bookstores and at christinanealson.com.