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Old 08-25-2017, 06:53 PM
Location: Straddling two worlds
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Originally Posted by MichiganGreg View Post
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.
For anyone who is at home either by choice or circumstance, I highly recommend downloading Google Earth, the full program (not just the street view maps that are available everywhere). It's extraordinary and free
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Old 08-25-2017, 07:01 PM
Location: Eastern Washington
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Originally Posted by Escort Rider View Post
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.
ER, it's in a way a shame you are so embedded in LA, I wouldn't ride a bike in that traffic, but, you know you would like to get back on a bike. Maybe there is somewhere you could keep a dirt bike, drive to it outside of town?

Motorcycling is not my whole life, but it does make my life whole. I shudder to think I can only ride 4 or 5 more years.

I have known guys who rode right up into their 80's. Consider that guy in "The World's Fastest Indian".

Different idea - you like to fish? What about a real deep sea fishing "safari" where you can catch a marlin, or similar? I don't doubt this is available nearby, just head west and you'll find something. Not cheap, but, a lot of really good fish. And what a way to impress a date - cook up a dinner of that marlin, and casually remark on how long you had to fight it, that you caught it yourself...
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Old 08-25-2017, 07:27 PM
Location: SoCal
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I took Pilate class last night, that was an adventure. My whole body is sore, but my sacrum loves me. No more back pain.
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Old 08-25-2017, 07:35 PM
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I've had a lot of adventure in my life, and I'm not done, but I'm done with motorcycles, and never saw the need for bungee jumping.

The 237 mile Katy Bike Trail Katy Trail Map is on my to-do list; as is mountain biking, and overnight kayaking/camping trips. Hiking the moors of Scotland, complete with castle stays will be coming up too. Foodie/cooking tour of Italy also, and getting to Venice before it completely disappears. Then too, there's the books I need to write and find an agent for.

But for now, there's plenty of adventure in moving to a new state and finding a home and car and building a life in a new place. Complete with hospitals nearby.
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Old 08-25-2017, 07:46 PM
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My youth was not wasted on me and it went on pretty long.

For me, it's an adventure to move 2200 miles from the East Coast to a small Colorado town when I retire. I'll be driving alone in a 2-car convoy with my dog transport friends and moving into my new little house, which I just got a permit (and address) to have built. I have always taken chances/adventures with the shape and content of my life rather than specific activities.
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Old 08-25-2017, 07:48 PM
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Originally Posted by StealthRabbit View Post
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. )
There are lots of "seasonal" jobs in Antarctica. One is working at the post office. Wouldn't that be fun!
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Old 08-25-2017, 08:02 PM
Location: NE Mississippi
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Originally Posted by MichiganGreg View Post
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! Hey, I get it, and know we're all aging, but at age 66, that is not stopping DW and I from planning some stupid / fun adventures in the upcoming years. Motorcycles, backpacking, nature photography, etc.

Anybody do anything wild lately? Bungy Jump? Yell at the cat? Cut your toenails with Snippy the Scissors?
You're "planning" adventures? GREAT!

But what have you done in the last year?
I ask because being 72 is very different from what I had imagined. Even though I look like I could do lots and lots of things, I can't. This 100 degree heat eats me alive in a way I never imagined at age 66.

When I was 66, I set out to walk 700 miles in one year. Dang near made it, too, but plantar fasciitis set in; I quit at 650 miles. It was over 100 degrees several days that year. Even though I go to the gym regularly and work outside a lot I simply cannot do what I once did.

I am rebuilding my '90 GMC so that I can drive it up to the arctic circle. I hope to get it done next year. I'll post a picture.

I don't care where the hospitals are; if something sticks out or hurts I'm sure I can find one. Happened in Bermuda a couple years back. Gall bladder.

Wife fell off a horse in Barbados. Nice medical system, but it wasn't very modern. Just cheap.

Took an overnight train trip to Washington DC. Stayed a few days; saw most of The Smithsonian.

Went to Key West. Always wanted to see Key West.

Rode mules down to the bottom of The Grand Canyon. North Rim.

Built my first computer when I was 70. Is that an adventure? Felt like it.
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Old 08-25-2017, 08:08 PM
Location: Lakewood OH
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I yell at my cat all the time.

Next week I'm performing with my play reading group for a real live audience. We're doing skits and impov. I can't think of anything more adventurous than doing improv. For me anyway.
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Old 08-25-2017, 08:31 PM
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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I made it 200' to the mailbox and back today. Life is good.
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Old 08-25-2017, 08:37 PM
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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We hike in the mountains 2x a week. Spending next summer in South America hiking.
And when we are not in our Dallas urban condo, we're in our house in Nevada (in a 55+ community) where several of our neighbors trek all over the world, participate in triathlons and run in marathons.
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