Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Vegas Odds: Lucky number. . . “60!”

The precise hour isn’t important, but at some point today right here in the heart of Las Vegas my biological clock started clanging, “60!” -- just like slot machines do with big wins!

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I chose to be in this city known for odds making, when I rolled the birthday dice this year because I knew they’d land on ‘60’ – hopefully marking the start of a winner of a decade filled with all sorts of travel jackpots.

Birthday Travels

Traveling for my birthday actually began at age 10 when I traveled to Meridian, Idaho, then a distant suburb of – and now contiguous to Boise. I stayed with an aunt and uncle – all by myself! They owned a bakery – note that cake. . .lucky me!!!

My 40th birthday marked the beginning of the end of our conventional life – another lucky roll of the dice. We were DINKS – double incomes, no kids – and we owned homes in Mexico where I celebrated the big birthday. Those same homes prompted us to quit our 8 – 5 work lives for this vagabond lifestyle we now lead.

As those of you who read this blog regularly know, I chose to return to Greece this April/May for my 60th birthday gift.  And you know, that it was such an incredible trip – an incredible gift – that we are already planning a return next year. . .

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Upper Left: Age 10 Meridian, Idaho; age 40 in Bucerias Mexico,
and to the right,  Elounda, Crete in April celebrating  the coming 60
The Birthday and The Travel Bucket List

While I feel no different than yesterday and somewhat younger than I did at age 40, the reality is that the travel window opening narrows just a bit more with each passing year.

We find ourselves contemplating a re-shuffle of  our travel bucket list . . . items like hiking Crete’s Samaria Gorge and pack horse camping in the North Cascade’s of Washington State, have moved up considerably higher. The ‘let’s do someday’ we are now changing to ‘in next couple years’. 

We’ve even heard ourselves say, “Let’s do this while we are able. . .” Yikes! When did we start talking  like that? We used to say, " We have to go there someday. . ."

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But, for today, I am in the Land of Lady Luck, soaking up as much of the devil-may-care, roll-the-dice atmosphere as possible because I am betting on lucky number 60! Not just for today, but for the coming decade as well.

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8 comments:

  1. Happy, happy birthday! Las Vegas is an excellent choice. Only someone from Seattle would choose a the desert for a birthday in July. :-)

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    1. Thanks for the birthday wishes. You are correct about seeking the desert when you live in Seattle but this time the weather outfoxed us: it is gorgeous and high 80s and 90s in Seattle this week as well!

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  2. So glad to hear that you celebrated your birthday in Greece and that you had such a nice stay!And planning another trip in my country!...Oh Jackie, wish you always live the excitement of life!

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    1. Thank you so much for the from-far-away birthday wishes. We did love our time in Greece and are already counting the days until we can return! (And maybe one of these days you and I will finally meet!)

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  3. Happiest of Birthdays to you, Jackie!! I loved living near Idaho and driving through it often. Such a beautiful place! :-)

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    1. Thank you for the birthday wishes! Driving here is a great road trip - we didn't have time for that this time, but I know what you mean about the loop from Idaho here!

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