Should I Get My Jeep Dirty?

Northern Arizona is jeep country and home of many new retirees, aging baby boomers looking for fun and adventure.

There are miles of dirt and rock road traversing the high desert. Our new friends recently moved here from Indiana. It was natural for them to trade their corvette for a brand new red jeep.

The problem with jeeping is it can be hard on jeeps. [Read more...]

Finding Life of Passion in Retirement Activities

inding Passion from Retirement ActivitiesIn elementary school, I had a friend who was great at drawing horses. They were beautiful, full of detail and shading so they looked like the real thing. My drawings consisted of rudimentary stick figures barely recognizable. Based on that information, I concluded I didn’t have any artistic talent and stopped taking classes or engaging in other art activities.

Unfortunately, when we are around ten years old we make many decisions about what we can and cannot do well. Many of those decisions stay with us for the rest of our lives. [Read more...]

Retirement Travel to Remote Regions of the World

Retirement travel is still one of the most important things to do when retired.  While many retired couples and individuals choose more traditional avenues, such as cruises, some elect for more adventure.

When my husband and I first traveled overseas, we couldn’t afford to go to Europe. It was cheaper to go on tours to developing countries. In fact, the first tour we went on was to Cambodia and Thailand. Cambodia was just opening up to travelers after years of suppression. [Read more...]

Can You Have Too Many Interests After Retirement?

One of the misconceptions about retirement is you now have time to do ALL of the things you’ve put off while working and raising a family. For people who have many interests, retirement can actually be a time of frustration.

When my husband retired, I suggested we had to find one retirement activity we could enjoy together. [Read more...]

Birdwatching Important an Enjoyable Retirement Activity

Watching quail from home in Prescott ArizonaI first became aware of my fascination with watching birds after a tree trimmer mistakenly thought we wanted to chop down the old ash in our backyard instead of merely trimming it. I’m glad we were able to communicate before the tree went tumbling down.

The benefit of this naked tree was how easy it was to see the birds that came to perch on it. A clan of woodpeckers had recently moved into the area and they loved to pick the bugs out of the bark of the ash. At times, we had half a dozen birds talking and squawking around the tree. When I needed to take a break from the computer, nothing gave me greater joy than to sit on the back patio watching those birds. [Read more...]

Gardening to Celebrate Earth Day

Gardening is the number one leisure activity for retired seniors. Especially, for people who worked in an office, being outside, enjoying nature is a great benefit of gardening. Hoping to reduce food costs is an additional gain. Organic gardening allows you to grow food you know is healthy. [Read more...]

The Power of Music to Baby Boomers

While I’ve never been one to spend a lot of time looking to the good old times behind us, but every now and then something happens to put our lives into perspective.

The power of music as been with baby boomers throughout our lives.  For many of us, the person who first introduced to us to modern music was Dick Clark.   [Read more...]

Having Current Passport Important for Retirement Travel Overseas

Retirement travel overseas is one of the most popular things to do when retired.  A current passport is important to travel abroad.

Recently, my husband and I had to renew our passports. (If you don’t have one, get one.) It’s straightforward in what it asks. Because we’ve had passports for a number of years, it’s mostly filling in information from the old passport.

Nevertheless, they still want the traditional identifiers. What’s your height? What’s your weight? What color are your eyes? Finally, what color is your hair? For most people, that may not be a trick question, but for a woman over 50, it depends. [Read more...]

Retiree Finds Retirement Passion in Photography

Retired in Arizona with a retire

Photo by Bruce Taubert

Every now and then I encounter the epitome of an individual living a retirement purpose. Speaking to our camera club, Bruce Taubert not only shared his amazing bird photography, but a passion for his subjects. Bruce spent his career working for the Arizona Game and Fish Department as a biologist.

While not exactly born with a camera in his hands, his mother was a professional photographer who dragged her son to weddings when he couldn’t escape to other activities. She encouraged the hobby as he resisted it. [Read more...]

Aging with Distinction: The Tale of a Navajo Matriarch

0B EffieWe had wanted to join our photographer friend, Bruce Roscoe on a trip to Monument Valley for a couple of years, but something always got in the way. Not only does Bruce lead a group to photograph the wonderful rock formations, but also a family of Navajo women. When 95 year old Susie Yazzie died last year, I knew we had missed an opportunity that could never recaptured. When the invitation went out this year, we made the decision to go.

As we left our home in Prescott for the five hour drive to Monument Valley, the first winter storm of the season rolled in. While raining in Prescott, it quickly turned to snow as we approached Flagstaff. The weather radar indicated clear skies over the Monument Valley and the Four Corners region, but we had snow during the rest of the drive. [Read more...]