Chasing Sunsets

Time seems to pass quicker as we get older, or so they say…. and the days tend to run together in a blur.   I am determined to avoid looking back and wondering where the time went.  With that as a goal, there are a few things that I like to do to make each day a little more memorable:

My motto:
**go somewhere you haven’t explored before – as often as possible (daily is best, but at least once a week… Geocaching is a great way to discover places… even close to home!)**

And… along the way…

1) take lots of photographs – at least one a day, posted now in a photo-a-day album.. and included in my rotating screen saver so I am reminded of adventures long after they are history (digital photography makes this so much easier than it once was)

2) make notes about location and activities on calendar… I have a stack of calendars that mark events in my life through the decades- easy to leaf through and recollect.  The calendars we used as my kids were growing up are full of appointments and meetings.  Now they reflect more places and events.

3) celebrate daily transitions- take time to pause and watch the sun come up or go down over the horizon.  I’ve been stopping to sit and enjoy the sunrise or sunset since I was in high school.  Fortunately, I share my life with someone who appreciates this time of day, too.

As a matter of fact… Scott and I have been chasing sunsets together for over 35 years…. it’s something we can do wherever we are… set aside the craziness and rush, stop the car or venture to a scenic spot…. and slow down for a few minutes together.

You might think that sunset photos would tend to look alike… not true. As I searched through these, I smiled at the time and place each one recalled… The conversations, the adventures of the day, the shared memories.

Here are a few mementos of shared sunsets that we have gathered over the years:

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How do you slow down? Want to catch a sunset together? … Sure…. Let’s go!

Every Day is a Gift

We all make choices about how we spend the 24 hours we are presented with every day. Sometimes we commit hours of our days to endeavors that are important to us for one reason or another… like jobs, education, family, chores and friends. It is good to remind ourselves often of why we value those choices… and to accept the freedom we have in the hours that remain beyond our established commitments.

As I entered into retirement eight months ago, I found myself in an enviable position…. my husband, already retired, was at my side – my best friend. My four children are all independent with spouses and families of their own.  We have no surviving parents or other people needing us to commit time to caring for them. No pets, no livestock, no weighty responsibilities. We are free to fill our days however we choose. For now, our most valuable possessions are our health, each other, and our dreams. I count my blessings every day.

At this stage of my life I find myself longing to see and enjoy more of the world around me… to go new places I have yet to explore.  Sometimes these places are in my own backyard. Sometimes my dreams take me to exotic places half way around the world.   My curiosity is centered mostly in nature… I am a hiker/camper/geocacher who prefers to spend my time rather than my money in the places I visit.  A long hike to a secluded beach is cheap entertainment.  I would prefer a picnic on a rock with a sunset view over a high-priced restaurant.

I begin this blog as a chance to capture and share some of the pleasures in my quest to travel and explore.   My motto – “Go someplace you’ve never been-  as often as possible”. Want to come along? Sure?- Let’s Go!