Starting in 1972, Barb and Dick Rasbach enjoyed crisscrossing the country in their beloved RV.
Their journeys, which began with their first-born, three month-old son in tow, began while the couple lived in Rochester, NY. Over the next 40 years, the couple and their growing family visited over 40 of the 63 National Parks and almost 200 sites managed by the National Park Service, including national monuments and battlefields.
“We enjoyed two- and three-week vacations as well as local weekend trips,” says Dick. “We love to travel, and it became a very large part of our family life.”
Crossing the country
Over the years, the Rasbachs moved from New York to Colorado to Las Vegas. Each move opened up new opportunities for RV visits from the Rocky Mountain National Park to Estes Park to the annual Balloon Festival in Albuquerque, NM.
“We have many happy memories of our time on the road,” says Barb. Following their retirement, the couple, with their extensive knowledge of the U.S., began to think about where they wished to move.
“We were sold on Erickson Senior Living and always knew that we would move to one of the communities,” says Barb. “My mom lived at Charlestown [an Erickson Senior Living-managed community in Maryland]. Both Dick and I knew the community and the lifestyle provided, very, very well.”
Knowing that an Erickson Senior Living community was in their future, the Rasbachs next needed to narrow down their options. They visited several communities from Texas to North Carolina.
“We visited Windsor Run in Matthews because it was not too far from our son and his family in Virginia,” says Barb.
“We felt positive vibes right away,”’ says Dick. “Everyone from the sales team to the people we met passing in the hallways were friendly and happy. We also really liked the fact that Windsor Run is new and growing.”
“We joined the priority list, thinking that a move to Windsor Run would be perfect for some day in the future,” says Barb. Then one day, after returning to their home in Las Vegas, fate stepped in.
“We received a copy of the Erickson Tribune and noticed an advertisement for the new apartment homes in White Oak Terrace at Windsor Run,” says Barb. “The ad mentioned that a few homes were still available in the other residential buildings, including the [two-bedroom, two-bath] McKinley. We really liked that floor plan, so we called the sales team and reserved the home—site unseen.”
Living over 2,000 miles away, Dick and Barb relied on the help of the Windsor Run sales team to make their move a reality.
“We couldn’t have done it without their help,” says Barb. “Zach [Goldberg] was especially helpful. He took measurements of our apartment home and many, many pictures for us.”
Last March, the couple moved into their new Windsor Run home. “We love it,” says Barb. “The McKinley is great, very roomy, with plenty of space to do our own thing.”
And the couple had no trouble meeting new friends. “The Windsor Run staff was terrific in providing opportunities to meet new neighbors," says Dick. “We could not have asked for a better living situation.” The couple has enjoyed opportunities to fill their calendar and continue meeting new people.
Making physical fitness a top priority, Barb visits the fitness center and Dick swims in the pool. In addition, Dick enjoys volunteering his time to edit videos for Windsor-Run TV.
“I’ve taken photos and added music to community videos from Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day, Veteran’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrations and observances,” says Dick. “I also edit video for the resident-run You Be the Judge television program. I really enjoy the process. It is a lot of fun, especially because each event is different.”
And although the couple sold their RV prior to their move, they look forward to future travels.
“Windsor Run is a wonderful place to live; we are very happy,” says Barb.
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