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Old 08-25-2017, 06:10 PM
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Location: Middle Tennessee
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About the most exciting thing we are planning is a trip back to Alaska. Looking at chartering a boat; there would be six of us and the trip would be for two weeks from Seattle to Juneau. Probably going in Spring of 2019, as my older sister and a niece who would be going are off to South Africa in Spring of 2018.
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Old 08-25-2017, 06:31 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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sense of "adventure" varies....as a 'ranch / farm kid', folks seem to think my life has always been an adventure.
  • I caught my 84 YO neighbor 50' up a 300' tree with a chainsaw hanging on his belt
  • Other neighbors cleared 20 acres and built and airstrip, hangar, machine shop and house AFTER age 70.
  • Another climbed the 52 Colorado 14's AFTER he retired (some of them several times)
  • A 75 YO couple nearby heads to Europe 2-3x / yr with No reservations / plans, just a "Rick Steve's book" in their hand.
  • Many of us build homes / cabins / barns (for fun)
  • Group of retirees from work got airdropped in AK for a 2 week rafting trip. They lost their raft (s)the first day. They got quite an adventure!!!

We are far more cautious...
  • Took off all of 2016 for a 1 yr RTW, left USA with a one way ticket to Australia (It was all 'adventure' from there, every night / every day, but nothing serious.)
  • Have (9) of my previous racing MC's; all are Vintage Iron, 6 are street legal (And I don't ride SLOW)
  • Driving to town can be an adventure in freezing rain ...@ 10% grade with switchbacks and shaded areas

I don't really pursue wild and crazy stuff, but would love to work in Antarctica for a season, & do Alaska Salmon fishing (My kids do that + Wildland firefighting)

No tight ropes or trapeze, but plenty of climbing on roofs and running very dangerous equipment.

I too like 'road trips'. LONG roadtrips in 18+ wheelers. It's nice to 'get-away' on occasion.
My car goes 1250 miles / tank (That is a short trip / bathroom break. )
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Old 08-25-2017, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Straddling two worlds
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Got two things left on my bucket list. See the Northern lights, safe, but timing is an issue. The other is to ride with a storm chaser and see a real tornado up close. Very few storm chasers die, so I am good with that. Timing is also an issue also. Not excited to spend two plus weeks in Nebraska or Oklahoma waiting for the opportunity. And last minute flights are expen$ive.

Have you seen "Twister"? Next best thing!
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Old 08-25-2017, 06:35 PM
 
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Thanks for the responses! There is life and activity here after all!
MJ; Mt. Washington beckons...life hanging on to a sign is a possibility, and its season is coming up!

FWIW; if anyone is only really comfortable sitting at home by one's self, adventure can be as simple as exploring new areas of town you have never been...on the spur of the moment, just for the heck of it. Or meeting gang members! Got to admit, that was waaay cool! Adventure doesn't have to be expensive- or dangerous, just anything that breaks one out of a rut. (And eating turnips doesn't count).

It's all good.
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Old 08-25-2017, 06:37 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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On our way home after four months on the road. Three months of it was camp-hosting at an RV park that's situated within a ranch. DH actually got to play 'ranch hand' for one of the times they moved herds of cattle from one field to another.

We then hung around long enough to see my second, DH's first solar eclipse. If you ever get a chance to see one in person, I strongly urge you to do it. I've never seen any photo or video that does it justice. It's . . . otherworldly!

Tomorrow vising my sister, and then continuing to head for home. Not because we're done adventuring - but we have medical appointments . . . OK I'll shut up with that "old people" stuff now . . .
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Old 08-25-2017, 06:39 PM
 
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I could go 1,000s of miles away to climb a mountain - burning up lots of kerosene or gasoline and using vast amounts of other resources. Or, I could climb the steep mountain 3 miles from (one) of our houses. I can get on my bike and connect to bike trails that go virtually anywhere....or even boat on the CT. river if I felt like it. I still do ski a bit...and can snowshoe right outside the back door (conservation land behind us).

I could sail the rocky shores of italy, greece or croatia. Same as above - get there in an aluminum tube full of kerosene, etc.
Or, I can walk to the beach here (RI, USA) and row out to my sailboat and take a nice ride in some of the best sailing conditions in the world. In addition, I know a little bakery here - she is from italy and he is from france - and their wood fired pizza is about the best we ever had.

I could head to a tropical paradise here, there or everywhere...
Or, we (wife and I) can spend 4 months are our little cottage in Sarasota, FL - where I can sail ,bike, play tennis, do the beach, explore (to whatever extent), see gators, etc.

In all of those places I can do many thing - including playing my guitar, writing, eating, having friends and family over (or visiting them on occasion).

After much thought - or at least so far - my wife and I think that our retirement style provides the perfect mix of staid and adventure...

I'm sure we'll eventually sell a house or two and do some traveling. But there is really something to be said for "being" somewhere. So few people are. No plans. No "tour 5 churches today after you eat breakfast at 8am"....no "watch out for pickpockets"...

We have been to Europe and all over this country and Mexico and the Islands, etc....IMHO, traveling can be over-rated once you've seen enough to be satisfied. There simply isn't enough in time, resources or anything else for everyone in the world to see or do everything in the world.

Boring, eh?
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Old 08-25-2017, 06:39 PM
 
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I can certainly understand where you're coming from with your post, Michigan Greg, but I have to confess that at age 73 my adventures are mostly behind me. I did fly to New Orleans recently for a week of visiting with cousins and other relatives. Pretty damn tame. After two decades or so of pretty wild motorcycling adventures, both on and off-road, I gave up motorcycling at approximately age 64 or 65.


Three years ago I went on a solo road trip in my car - went as far east as Blue Ridge, Georgia. Saw all kinds of sights, museums, people, some blue grass concerts in Nashville, etc. But yes, that's all pretty tame too.


My hat is off to all the adventurers - I am just no longer one of them and satisfied with that status at this age. Now an adventure (to me) would be working up to walking four miles to see a film at the art house cinema then walking home. I used to do that as recently as three years ago, and I still can with a little preparation.
Solo car trips qualify! That's how adventure begins...
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Old 08-25-2017, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Straddling two worlds
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Frankly, all the talk about sitting in our rooms counting money, avoiding snow like the plague, moving into age '55' facilities, and counting hospitals in a 30 mile radius from home is giving me the Heebee Jeebies!
Totally with you! I'm still working full time (solely for the paycheck, believe me), but when I get a chance I travel. Just got back from a trip to NYC. Broadway show, late night jazz session at Dizzy's, pizza at Stella's on 9th. It was heaven. I'd live in your hood Mathjak, but I can't afford it, hence the move to Philly, which will also be quite the adventure and I can't wait!
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Old 08-25-2017, 06:48 PM
 
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Thanks for the responses! There is life and activity here after all!
MJ; Mt. Washington beckons...life hanging on to a sign is a possibility, and its season is coming up!

FWIW; if anyone is only really comfortable sitting at home by one's self, adventure can be as simple as exploring new areas of town you have never been...on the spur of the moment, just for the heck of it. Or meeting gang members! Got to admit, that was waaay cool! Adventure doesn't have to be expensive- or dangerous, just anything that breaks one out of a rut. (And eating turnips doesn't count).

It's all good.
Wifey and I were high school sweethearts. At 18 we put out our thumbs and had adventures I could write a book about. Lived in wild WV (a chicken coop we cleaned out in one case)...lived in TN, Florida - had a real adventure with the Rasta in Jamaica. Hitchhiked to California and back...walked on the Blue Ridge, met a guy who managed 100's of thousands of acres of forestlands (for WestVaCo) and he showed us around...and how the whole system of resource management worked.

Then life got really exciting. We joined a commune, learned various trades, had our first child in a Tent in TN and had years of adventure with 1,000 "friends". Then back home to raise 3 kids, learn multiple trades and run a mom and pop shop (we started) for 20 years. Lots of inventures involved with that.

And the plot continues....

We started early...and maybe ended early in some ways. We were already serious...married, working and starting a family while most of our peers were drinking beer and smoking week at Penn State or another party school.

Maybe there is some truth in those sayings about doing stuff when one is young. "Youth is only wasted on the young" if they allow it to be so.
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Old 08-25-2017, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Oh I dunno...I walked 6 miles with the dogs this morning at sunrise, then went trout fishing at my lake at 11,000 feet (caught four nice rainbows), put up a ham radio antenna, watched a huge red fox on a rock behind my place watching me, and for real adventure I wait for it...went to WalMart.
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