Angus King recently finished his second and final term as governor of Maine and he and his family now are on a cross-country RV vacation, according to the Associated Press.
King rarely drove a car during his eight years in office but now he’s maneuvering a Newmar Dutch Star 40-foot motorhome.
A promoter of the yacht-building industry as a creator of jobs for the citizens of Maine, King also planned his RV vacation for “a couple of years,” according to the AP.
Now, King, who at age 58 is an early Baby Boomer, is enjoying a 5 1/2 month vacation with his wife and two children.
After buying their motorhome from a dealership in Sabattus, Maine, the family packed it and King said he “very quietly” drove it to Williamsburg, Va., a little before the Nov. 5 election. It’s now in an RV park in Virginia, the state where King grew up and his mother still lives.
The family decided to start the trip in Virginia because Maine’s winter weather can make driving tricky for regular motorists, much less someone driving a 40-foot motorhome that’s pulling a Honda minivan.
King already has pored over the maps. “We’re basically going to do the perimeter of the country, down the East Coast, across the panhandle of Florida, Louisiana and Texas, (and spend) a lot of time in the Southwest,” he said. “Then up the West Coast to Glacier National Park and Seattle, maybe Alaska if we have time, then back across to Maine.”
King said he and his wife will home-school their children during the journey, which he described as a series of one-week trips strung together. Once they arrive at a destination, King and his family will find an RV park, plug in and stay for four or five days.
The family won’t be roughing it. A new Newmar Dutch Star of the type the King family is using sells for $172,000-$180,000 when outfitted with standard equipment. According to Newmar’s website, that includes color TVs in the living room and bedroom, cable TV connector, 8-cubic foot refrigerator, sofa and recliner, oak cabinets, hydraulic leveling jacks, fiberglass tub-shower, bathroom skylight and more.
King said the trip will provide a much-needed breather after an intense and exhausting eight years as Maine’s chief executive, but it will also have other benefits. “Number One, it will hopefully be a great lifetime memory for the kids. But secondarily, I’ve come to realize that it’s going to be important for me, because it will be engaging without being politics.”
Since his successor was sworn in on Jan. 8, King has had no job, but he said he won’t think about his next career move for a few more months.