“I’ve done a lot of crazy things. I came from a family that did a lot of things,” said Douglas, who is also a lifetime Girl Scout with an 80-year service pin.
In her retirement, she traveled for five days across Kansas in a covered wagon, sleeping under the stars and cooking outdoors.
“My biggest adventure was when I went 100,000 miles in a small motor home, living in national parks,” she said.
She also spent 18 winters at the Virgin Islands, volunteering for the National Park Service with friend and frequent travel partner, Bea Hunt, who was also a resident of the Vilas Home until her death two years ago. Other excursions included spending seven winters in Socorro, N.M.; climbing the Mount Washington Cog Railway in New Hampshire; rafting and skiing across the United States; and taking trips to Europe.
“I went to most of the places I really wanted to go to,” Douglas said.
“But rather than travel to lots and lots of places, I like to go someplace and stay awhile and absorb the culture and the food and the activities of a particular place.
“They weren’t always very active adventures, but they usually had some pretty good stories to tell,” Douglas said.
But Douglas isn’t the only storyteller; other speakers are also asked to come to Thelma’s Corner.
Last week’s guest came dressed as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a women’s rights suffragette from the 1800s. She was re-enacted by Ruth Mowry, a member of the Psi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a society for women educators.
“We do a variety of things,” Douglas said. “We’ve had an accordion player, travelers who have been to Nepal, Kenya and Italy.”
Douglas said she flies by suggestions and is always looking for talent. She has many more ideas for Thelma’s Corner.