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Visiting family has never been easier

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August 20th, 2013
Visiting family has never been easier

Steve Mayer s two-bedroom, two-bathroom, Lancaster-style apartment home at Riderwood provides the ideal home base for his frequent travels with his children and grandchildren. The community has 24-hour security, which means Steve doesn t have to worry about the safety of his home while he s away. And, because Riderwood offers maintenance-free living, hiring people to shovel snow or mow the lawn while he s out of town are things of the past. Steve says he and his late wife began traveling more often after they retired in the late 1990s. A trip to Russia with friends ignited their passion for travel. The Mayers took the oldest two of their five grandchildren on that trip. Afterward, they decided they would make it a family tradition to treat each grandchild to a special vacation with Grandma and Grandpa. Over the years, Steve and his wife visited memorable places like Scandinavia and Hawaii with their grandkids. Now, with his close-knit family spread out around the country, Steve has the perfect excuse to make frequent trips from his Silver Spring, Md., home at Riderwood.

The Big Apple

One of Steve s grandsons lives and works in New York City as a writer forMorning Joe, a news program on MSNBC. The Mayer clan has made several trips to the Big Apple, where they take in Broadway shows and go to restaurants. On their last trip to New York, Steve says they visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and got to watch a taping ofMorning Joefrom the control room at 30 Rockefeller Center. We had such a good time that we decided we re going to take a trip to New York every year, Steve says. Family fun along the Eastern Seaboard One of Steve s sons and his family live in Marietta, Ga., a suburb outside of Atlanta. Steve traveled south to visit them last December. He says a highlight from that trip was teaching his adult grandchildren how to make Dark and Stormy cocktails, a rum drink that he and his late wife grew fond of on a trip they took to Bermuda several years ago. In May, Steve was planning another trip to Atlanta to attend his granddaughter s graduation. Relaxing by the water is the perfect way to spend time away from home. When he needs a rejuvenating getaway, Steve sometimes travels to New Hampshire, where another son and his family have a house on a lake. And for a local retreat, Steve heads to his beach house in Ocean City, Md., where his children and grandchildren usually join him during the summer. One of Steve s favorite hobbies is taking photographs, a skill that serves him well during his frequent travels. Scenic spots like his son s lake house in New Hampshire provide the perfect inspiration for Steve to hone his photography skills.

Home base

When he s not on the road, Steve keeps himself engaged at Riderwood. He lends his photography skills to the community by taking photos for the resident newsletter. Steve says living at Riderwood also provides him with plenty of opportunities to develop new skills. We have lots of access to classes here. I ve been taking courses on drawing and American literature, he says. Periodically, Steve also takes trips with his Riderwood neighbors. A resident-run committee organizes overnight and day trips to nearby attractions. One of Steve s favorite excursions with his Riderwood friends was to Richmond, Va., where they visited the Virginia Museum of Fine Art. We saw the Chihuly glass exhibit. I m a big fan, so I treated myself to [purchased] a piece, Steve says. It was a great trip.