Living in New England Like a Tourist

Thanks for joining me! My name is Clifton Dancy.  Since 1991, I’ve worked in public education as a teacher, instructional coach, and administrator.  On my 50th birthday, I boarded a plane to Manchester, New Hampshire for an interview that eventually would result in a mid-life change that involved moving from Kansas City, MO to New England.  I moved in with my brother and sister in-law and began exploring my new world not only to familiarize myself with the layout of the land, but also to take in the rich culture and heritage I’d now become a part.

Weekend road trips became the routine and I added 25,000 miles to my truck in that first year.  Janet finished her final year of teaching in Missouri and prepared to join me.  I’d warned her that my weekends were not going to change with her arrival.  She, along with many other Facebook friends, had been following my travels, and was eager to join me.  Janet was a welcome addition to my excursions and we developed a signature selfie look for our adventures. To date we’ve snapped close to 500 selfies from Kansas City, MO to Venice, Italy and many places in-between. We noted that we’ve seen more of New England than many of our friends and family members who’ve lived here most of their lives. This observation was the inspiration for the mantra, Living in New England like a tourist. Our journeys haven’t only been in New England. We have two grown children who live in Kansas City, MO and Manchester, NJ, and we make regular trips to both places.  In 2017 we fell in love with cruising, and in 2018 we made our second trek to Europe. Our frequent flyer miles are growing as much as our road miles.

Over the years, my Facebook friends and family members have encouraged me to document these adventures in a book or a blog. I’ve chosen the latter, and hope that this project will provide not only a record of my travels, but also encouragement for others to explore the area they live.

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“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller