Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Retirement-My Time to smell the roses, see the mountains, backpack those places I've never seen




After 30+ years as a project manager, I've finally done it. My notice is in and I'll be turning a new page of my life. I find myself without responsibilities, with kids out of the nest. That's me with my kids on a hike on Mount Haleakala in Maui a few years back (see above) after watching the sun rise from above the clouds (Top left. I'll eventually figure out how to place these pictures where I want them.) I'm not one to rise at 4:00 am, but it was well worth it. A spectacular sunrise show and then explore the volcano. Grab the opportunity if you ever have the chance. Even my project baby, the ThunderHorse offshore platform (left) is at sea and on the level.

I'd always dreamed of travel. Not high dollar, long distance, how-much-do-I-tip-the-doorman travel, but back-to-nature travel. Backpacking, hiking, living with minimal baggage. Of course I've had some opportunities to smell the roses, but they were always just a quick trip, not a real opportunity to experience it.

So, after some research and visits to REI and BackCountry.com I've got my North Face Prophet 65. I've got my Kelty tent and sleeping bag. My MSR Pocket Rocket stove. I'm ready to take on the world. I'm starting with Palo Duro, Bridger-Teton, Yellowstone and Grand Teton. So, come along. Read, advise, befriend.

9 comments:

dagueee said...

Max,
Go with God. Do not forget your daily devotions.

dagueee said...

Earl

Mike said...

Max! Those are some awesome pics and I hope to see more of those soon. How was your first day of the journey? I hope it was great. You are in my daily prayers. - Mike

tperry said...

Hey Mr Max,
Ok you have checkedon the farm and "the Jon" now where are you off too? Tp

jcn said...

Hey Max! Good to really get busy with retirement now. Please know that my great-grandmother Waters (Mom's grandmother) lived north of Silverton, TX on the Prairie Dog leg of the canyon where you camped. I visited there as a child and on into the 1940's. Their house was on the plateau, but the lots and barn were below, with the roof of the barn level with plateau. Uncle Jim (she married her deceased husband's brother) trapped in the canyon and hauled firewood out on burros.

Have a great time and come by sometime. J. C. & Dorothy

jcn said...

Hey Max! Good to really get busy with retirement now. Please know that my great-grandmother Waters (Mom's grandmother) lived north of Silverton, TX on the Prairie Dog leg of the canyon where you camped. I visited there as a child and on into the 1940's. Their house was on the plateau, but the lots and barn were below, with the roof of the barn level with plateau. Uncle Jim (she married her deceased husband's brother) trapped in the canyon and hauled firewood out on burros.

Have a great time and come by sometime. J. C. & Dorothy

tperry said...

The canyon is beautiful! With this blog I can even keep up with Niki and Ryan--Hey Guys!! Take care of you!
Toni

nemattox said...

Hey, Toni!

Toni said...

Mr Max you are a great journalist!! and photographer.
Make notes of the places I need to see and I will fly in and saty a the resort...like you I like to "rough it." I need some blog lessons.
Toni