My husband Mike and I have been on the hunt — “Operation ReloSouth” — for the perfect retirement location. We want to live in a less-expensive, more relaxed area of the country near water. With better weather (no snow) than what we have here in Northern New Jersey. This is our story.
My husband Mike and I bought a lot in a planned community called Hampton Lake; it’s about halfway between Savannah, GA and Hilton Head Island, SC in a town called Bluffton. To me that’s like being halfway to heaven: an historic city with all its wonderful amenities and a beach resort with, well, beaches both within a 20-minute drive of me. And epic fishing for Mike. We found Hampton Lake during our ReloSouth foray last fall.
Wanting to learn more about the Bluffton, SC area before I actually commit to leaving New Jersey, the state where I grew up, worked hard, raised a family and had many, many good times, I am staying three weeks in Hampton Lake in a rental cottage. I am going to explore the area…mostly on my own since Mike does have a full-time job and it happens to be in New York City.
Yes, this will be the first time in my life that I’m completely alone in a new location — no friends or family — left to my own devices. When I drop Mike off at the airport tonight I can’t even imagine what it will be like. After all, we’ve been together, a team, for almost 33 years. And when he’s been away from home I’ve been surrounded by our two kids, cats, friends and family. Am I nervous? Nope. I’m excited!
Would you like to follow along on my adventure? Would you be up for this kind of adventure?