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.
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. . .
|Upper Left: Age 10 Meridian, Idaho; age 40 in Bucerias Mexico, |
and to the right, Elounda, Crete in April celebrating the coming 60
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. . ."
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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