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Stray thoughts of a 75 years
young man !
Since the mountains further west
had reportedly received a foot
and more of snow, I decided to
drive out to Dolly Sods.
Part way west on route 55,
however, I turned around when I
saw highway workers scattering
salt on otherwise dry bridges,
which I figured must mean more
Since I have to leave at 6:10
Friday morning for
When this man turned around to say that indeed he had, I was shocked to see a 90-year-old man, who had probably shrunk from 6'6" and 250 pounds in his youth but was still in better shape than I am even though I am fifteen years his junior. He probably was also shocked to see someone as old as I am climbing mountains in the face of icy blasts from the north and the threat of more snow.
I've noticed that wherever I go now in my upper 70s I seem to be the oldest person anywhere to be seen, so it was refreshing to find a fellow hiker in wintry weather who was already middle-aged when I was still a teenager. Let's hope that when we are in our 90s we can give encouragement to young old timers in their late 70s. It helps to have just about the best genes on earth, but attitude is equally important.
The weather experts say that
yesterday's freak blizzard in
How is your prepping come along to be the guide on the Antarctic expedition now only about ten weeks away. Were you able to get a copy of the Scott South Polar Expedition documentary that just appeared from National Geographic, which gives an entirely different take on the causes of the tragedy than what we have always accepted? Perhaps someday modern science will confirm whether or not Pearly was the first person to reach the North Pole. And I still hope that someday you will be able to climb the Antarctic mountain officially named after you.I am definitely planning to go x-c skiing with you after you return from the Antarctic in February, because I have never had an opportunity yet to use my expensive mountain skis.
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