Originally Posted by McDave
Feeling old today, Ray? I resemble that.
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More from boredom of the mind of an overactive curious child trapped in a body of a retired person. I resist saying "old" as I find old as a State of Mind, not age or physical condition. My paleontology professor in Wyoming summed it up well. "I am a 30 year old in a worn out body." He is in his 90's today.
All of us, must, find this the case. The adult that stays young must have a good share of that adolescent mind intact, otherwise spending a year camped at one place could be possible, otherwise. Not for me, but for some.
When my wife, myself and two Blue Heelers are on the road, with no definite plan other than a geologic map, a vague direction and purpose to investigate some rock outcrops or the edges of some burned out volcanic caldera of the western USA for agates... coming home is always something to look forward. More to have time to sort through the finds and determine if there is some scientific value to them.
It is that second day on the road where we transition into the travel mode and our trailer is our home.
The second day after returning home from a week or a month in the bush... it is hard to believe we even left. It is an odd transition that takes very little time.
Feeling Old? Not yet, but I remember the Ranches of Western Nebraska welcoming a 16 year old kid wanting to hunt fossils in their Badlands with no money and little time to spare. Now I have both, the Ranches no longer welcome strangers like the old ranchers. Today the ranch is leased to a company that collects fossils or charges people to come along for the... adventure. Overhead must be made to keep the ranch in business. Times have changed, as well as the people.
I just finished painting steps in my storage building and instead of watching the paint dry, checked for any errant emails and then the addiction of late, the Airforum, which was difficult to resist. Next to trim the new growths from the sides of the Scrub Oak trunks next. Neither are on my most 100 things I want to do this year list.