Sometimes, I day dream to maintain my sanity. I think about all the things that I’ll have more time for once I retire. All the things I want to do, or do again, or see.
Travel: I cannot wait to get back on the road and travel regularly again. A new job a few years ago, then COVID, and I’m itching to stretch my wings again. I have so many places on my bucket list!
Near the beginning of our hike out to Delicate Arch, with the La Sal Mountains in the background
Horses on the beach at Fort Stevens
As we say in the PNW, the Mountain is out!
Reading: Admittedly, I read a lot now. But there are so many books and so little time! History, historical fiction, biographies, novels… So many books sitting on my shelves and on my IPod just waiting to be picked up and loved.
Rock-hounding: This is a new pursuit. I mean, I have always loved rocks, but I have gotten way more interested in the last year. Probably because it’s outdoors, and away from other people. You can walk gorgeous beaches, or meandering rivers, and see what you find.
Photography: I have enjoyed photography for a long time. Ever since that day at Yellowstone National Park when I was about six, and my dad told me I could take one photo of anything I want. I chose an elk carcass. Yes, that somewhat morbid nature has remained with me. Yes, I still take photos of carcasses… But I also take photos of beautiful landscapes and live animals!
The view of the mountains from the cabin window
Mesa Arch with the La Sal Mountains in the Background
The beach in the other direction with the river tributary
A beautiful sunset!
The red layers of the Chinle Formation
Badlands National Park
Hiking: Getting out and enjoying nature and exercising has been so healing and grounding for me. I dream of taking new trails and going to new parks.
Heading out on the Lake Ann Trail
Hiking through a culvert!
Me on the Towpath Trail
Me on the ridge with the Cascades in the background
Old growth cedar and hemlock – these trees are at the easternmost point of their range here.
Me hiking in the fog
Puzzles: I have so much fun working on a puzzle! Enough said.
Family: My job has meant long hours, and sometimes a long commute. I’ll have more time to spend with family and friends! Hopefully, coupled with traveling, hiking, rock-hounding and puzzles.
Maybe I’ll pick up some new hobbies too. I have always wanted to cook better; maybe it will be a time to work on my skills. I would like to do a vegetable garden too!
That day is getting closer all the time…