For those of you who have been kind enough to follow my weekly Silver Gypsy blogs in RV Life Magazine since 2009, and my monthly Silver, Single, and Solo columns for the past 25 years, I’m now taking a permanent break. A couple of writing projects await being completed and a few niggling stories are running around in my head that may mean writing another novel.
Adding to the exciting freedom of RVing throughout Baja and old Mexico, Canada, Alaska, and the “Lower 48” for 20 years, airplanes took me to teach school for a day in Tokyo. I visited my Christian Children’s Fund orphan in South Korea’s DMZ, spent a week with a family in Sweden, and sang for my supper in a Scottish pub. The gondolier didn’t sing on a ride through Venice but saying hello to Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid in Denmark’s Copenhagen Harbour made up for it. London’s version of Phantom of the Opera was mesmerizing and I can never forget the Moulin Rouge in Paris or sitting on the edge of Rome’s Trevi Fountain in the moonlight.
It has been quite a ride for a baby born in a Michigan log cabin. Thanks for the memories you have given me and for the stories you have provided throughout the years. It was a great pleasure to actually meet some of you and chat about our travels and adventures. I will continue to put photos and notes on Facebook from time to time. Coming up to my 80th birthday in November, I am making plans. After all, I still haven’t ridden a zip line through a rain forest or jumped out of a perfectly good airplane!
This Silver Gypsy leaves you with a God Bless Always and Hugs from the Great NW.
*RV Life Magazine and RVlife.com thanks Sharlene for her continued efforts of providing insightful, exciting and original content for our readers over the years. No words can truly acknowledge Sharlene’s accomplishments throughout her career, which include visiting the far reaches where only a few experience in a lifetime, enduring the dedication of writing RV-based novels, or capturing the true essence of her subject through her writing style. We can only wish her all the best in her new ventures and upcoming travels. – Steve Fennell, editor, www.rvlife.com
Winter in the Wilderness, Minshall’s first novel (e-book & hard cover), and the fourth edition of RVing Alaska and Canada are available through Amazon.com.
At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”