This is a, “just for fun” post primarily for my kids and grandkids to enjoy. So, bear with me…
It has been a long time since we have visited with our children. I have seen two birthdays come and go since arriving in Ecuador and I wonder if the family will even recognize us when we visit next spring. We try to send as many pictures as possible, but generally I am the one behind the camera.
This last week I pondered the process of getting older and generally felt a bit depressed realizing that I can not do as much as I used to be able to. I try to assure myself that getting older beats the alternative, but there are days when the old body just does not seem to function as I think it should.
I am sixty-two years old now. When I was the age of our children I had no idea what being sixty-two years old would be like. It appeared to me that all of the “old people” that I knew were pretty much inactive and content to live a life playing cards and board games. But, on any given day I find myself riding my bicycle for quite a few miles, swimming and exercising in the pool, and going down to the beach. As you know I have also taken up sketching pictures and we read lots of books on our Kindle applications so the days fill up.
So, just in case our kids think that the old man is sitting around the house eating strained food, I figured I would show a couple of pictures of the geyser living the life of a retiree.
That is a picture of Mary walking on our beautiful beach here in San Clemente. We traded roles the other day and Mary got a picture of me on the beach as well.
We generally share the beach with the fishermen and the frigate birds and pelicans who swoop in for their share of the abundant fish harvest.
Mary got this shot of an unusual sea creature in the water last Sunday.
My son, Scott told me to catch a few waves for him, so I did just that.
I may be getting older, but I still enjoy a good buffeting by the waves.
I love to swim out beyond the waves and bob around. I can sing as loud as I want to and generally have the entire beach to myself!
Our friend Jan asked me to run her quad every now and then to keep it charged up. Here is a shot of the old man on something other than a bicycle.
That is my camera case over my shoulder, so you can spare the jokes about me carrying a purse or even a “European man-bag.”
I have to go now as it is getting close to 7:00 PM and it is nearly bed time. (Just kidding, sort of!)
So there you have it – getting older really is not too bad when you can still stay active and live on the beach at San Clemente where…
Life is good in Ecuador.