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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

TUESDAY TRAVELS

May 4, 2009.

Watson Lake boulder area outside of Prescott, Arizona.

The day I discovered my legs were no longer fit for clambering around on uneven surfaces and making quick, short hops to get down off of them.



I was 69 years old and trying to get down off these rocks without killing myself made me feel like I was 100!

I no longer had spring in my step.

It was a sobering discovery.


Now I'm 76, my goatee is even whiter and my legs are even weaker.

Damn! I hate these travels.

14 comments:

  1. You are not that old. Your knees just aged faster than the rest of you.

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    1. Oh I haven't told you about the rest of my problems. :>

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  2. Slow and steady old boy. You are not meant to be hopping on rocks.
    When we hike now, there are certain climbs, rocks, crevices and etc that I either take very slowly or not at all.

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    1. Unless you're using a stick or poles I'd advise "not at all".

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  3. Ah, but yo have your eyesight! As we get older we learn to compensate and enjoy more of life!

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  4. Am I going to have a future stupid headline "Ex-newsman stranded standing on six inch rock."?

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  5. Hiking poles. Even the kids use them. They save the day!

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    1. I have them but haven't used them for rugged land travel.

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  6. Well, I've got you by a few years and I'm finding all of a sudden that I've got pins, needles and other assorted sharp objects in my feet after a round of golf. Don't think I'm going to try mountain climbing anymore, either!

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    1. I haven't played golf in years, Lowell, but I have that nerve pain stuff in my feet, too. I'm a regular user of something called Gabapentin, which helps.

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  7. Those boulders obviously need handrails installed!

    That looks like a place not too far from here called Elephant Rocks State Park. I've been there many a time, but I couldn't do it now. Not even if I stayed on the blacktop walking path that runs through it. They have braille stations, too. I guess so the blind people can feel the rocks and read about them.

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  8. New Tricks

    it's alright, it's okay
    doesn't really matter if your old and grey
    it's alright I say it's okay
    listen to what I say

    it's alright doing fine
    doesn't really matter if the sun don't shine
    it's alright I say it’s okay
    getting to the end of the day

    Steve

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