One of the nice things about oldd age is being able to hobble into the local REI and flashing a very low number. I have been a member since the early 1960's when I snagged a permanent job with the National Park Service. Plunked down all of two bucks for membership, an investment which has turned out very well.
Over the years I have enjoyed hiking, backpacking, caving, cycling, and rock climbing, mostly in Arizona and the Four Corners area. Stationed in Tucson during the 70s and early 1980s, I renewed my interest in volunteer search and rescue as a member of Southern Arizona Rescue Association.
In 1985, I moved to California, stationed at Channel Islands National Park, retiring in 2001. I developed an interest in the now extinct pygmy mammoths that once flourished there and I have continued to participate in projects there, and also at the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, South Dakota, digging there during the summer.
Now in my 80s, I am definitely slowing down, but I strive to be as active as possible. I still enjoy the outdoors. Nature is wonderful, whether you are really active or more sedentary. It is all good!!
@hikermor thanks for sharing, and for belonging for so long to the co-op! We are very lucky to have members like you!
Absolutely! I still get out there once in a while, hunting down fossilized pygmy mammoth and other critters.
not an easy place to visit casually, but well worth the time
I live in Camarillo. I haven't been out to the islands in several years, but still hike locally. I also love to learn about the geology and history of the places I hike. I am also a fan of astronomy and geocaching. (Just thinking I better introduce myself to everyone here. Been on these conversations for a few weeks and haven't done that yet!) Maybe when this craziness is over we can meet up for a short hike.
So, @hikermor , are you really an archaeologist, or is it a hobby? I ask because my daughter is studying archaeology in England, and will officially be one upon graduation this year. She's participated in noteworthy digs in England, and in Egypt. I joined her in a volunteer capacity at a local dig in Annapolis, MD last year. It can be tedious, but really cool when you discover something.
Sorry for being so late on this response. I am (WAS?) a professional digger. but, truth to tell, one regret is that i did not pursue a doctorate. The NPS beckoned, and my first intention was to transfer to, say, Grand Teton , and get involved in SAR. Things turned out differently and I can't complain- I got lots of SAR activity .
I totally agree with your assessment of the field - some days are quite unremarkable, except for the amount of dirt you acquire. But then there are those other days. I have some good war stories...