“Hiking in the Olympic Mountains”
Carol and her husband, Pete, moved to Port Townsend from Salem, Oregon 7 years ago. They have three fur-babies (one dog and two cats) and Carol is the mother of two, now adult, sons. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years but decided to get her masters degree in counseling when her
youngest son was in high school. She become a child and family therapist, eventually specializing in working with hard to place children who have neurological challenges. While employed, her passion was educating doctors, parents, teachers and other caregivers about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
Carol will tell you that her craziest work stories are either from her years teaching at various jails and prisons in Oregon, or from the 6 months she spent as a psychiatric screener, evaluating patients for dangerousness to themselves or
others. As a cognitive therapist, Carol taught adults to be mindful of their thoughts; she believes that the three keys to living a happy life are: working on accepting what you cannot control, looking for ways to be optimistic, and practicing gratitude.
Life in Port Townsend has proven to be relaxing in contrast to Carol and Pete’s life in Salem. They are both officially retired now and Carol enjoys spending all her free time playing Pickleball, kayaking, taking digital photographs of wildlife and making photo-art, dancing to live music on the dock, playing ping pong at the Pour House, sharing a bottle of wine outdoors at Marrowstone Vineyards or next to the fire pit at the PT Winery, going out to eat anywhere so she doesn’t have to cook, perusing art galleries and secondhand stores, going hiking and taking road trips. Carol would like to travel more and has a goal of visiting every US state. England, Scotland and
New Zealand are also on her growing wishlist of travel destinations. She recently bought an older RV and has become obsessed with fixing it up and learning how everything works.
Carol says she occasionally pinches herself because she feels so fortunate to be living her retirement years in Port Townsend. After living most of her life in Oregon, It did take a couple of years for Washington to feel like home to her, but now she
can’t imagine living anywhere but on the shores of the Salish Sea. Learning to play pickleball in Port Townsend has made living a good life even better! She has become friends with fellow picklers and she believes that playing pickleball provides just the right combination of fun, competition and exercise. Carol tries to play pickleball two to three times a week (both indoors and outside) and is looking forward to attending
a pickleball camp next month in Spokane.
“ Carol and Her Dog, Finn, at Fort Worden”
“Self Portrait Photo-Art”
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