Greetings all. This is my first of what I hope are many posts to this forum. A little bit about me; let's see, I'm just into my fifth decade and due to a real enthusiasm for running great distances in my 20-30-40's have a badly crippled back.
I'm recently divorced (I was more fun when I was running.) and just last August put my best friend to sleep 'cause she was just gettin' too old to walk.
My career spanned a stint with a mortician when I wanted to attend medical school and eventually into engineering school and eventually into the geography department. I have worked for the US Forest Service and some local municipalities in Oregon.
OK, now that you are really bored, I'll continue with my thread. I am planning on taking two road trips in the next couple of years. One, to the NE to see the fall leaves and then south to the Civil War sites and home. Two, ferry to Alaska out of Seattle and then trip around Alaska. I have started this planning process just in the last week. Here are my two big questions:
1. Do you think it's a good idea to carry a pistol?
2. Do you think a Ford Van would be the proper vehicle to trip in? I researched a restored VW Vanagon Camper but they are about ten-thousand past my budget.
Sure hope to hear from you on these issues and I certainly hope I haven't offended anyone.