Great responses all, for which I am grateful.
Joe, the idea of getting paid to write and ski and travel is a total wet dream. But I will give some thought to sending some of my ramblings to some mags/on-line ski publications. The TR I posted here last year on Powder Mtn was very warmly received by the folks in Utah who published it on their website and described it as one of the best they had ever seen. You know the love is nice, but a few free tix would have been nice too. Just sayin'...
Bob, good to hear from you. I do hope to be able to make the Gathering in your backyard next year to make your acquaintance and see your beautiful state. That is good work that you do with that non-profit. Helping people with disabilities of one sort or another as they make their way through the maze of State and Federal processes has been the focus of my legal career for more than 30 years. I am no stranger to the compounded misery of physical and emotional maladies suffered by folks who must then navigate adversarial administrative processes, often alone and unarmed. It is good to know that there are organizations in Wy that help such people in need. I could see myself involved in that way as well.That would be the "sequel" career component.
As to your question about location, that is a work in progress. I am a Mainer, born and bred. I need to live in a regular place, not a skiing Oz. It has to have art (I am a photographer/wife is basket-maker) and music (I am semi-pro jazz musician), and it has to be a place that values and nurtures cultural assets. Ms. D1 and I are heading to NM in late March for our first ever visit to Santa Fe - and four days at Taos. Others on the list would be Bend, Telluride and Boulder. Your backyard is certainly on that list as well.
Posaune, good for you. Thirty year in the classroom is enough for anyone. A significant part of my work involves the representation of teachers who, by virtue of medical crises, can no longer work. I help them through the state appeal process and fight to establish some financial security for them. Since I was raised in a family of teachers and lawyers, I find the work very satisfying. Funny you should mention the Christmas tree business. We have a large patch of land in Maine that would be perfect for such an endeavor, and my wife is a master gardener. Thanks for planting that seed.
Jamesj, good luck with your search. Isn't that part of the fun?