"Life Changes Being Made"
Ever wonder what happens after retirement. What will life be like? What will you do to occupy your time?
Does retirement need to be boring or can it ignite the spirit deep within you to do things you have been putting off for years. Maybe a hobby, an intrest or maybe just travel. Short trips , long trips or who knows just follow your nose trips.
Welcome one and all again to the Fireside. Lets take sometime this morning to look at all the things in life we had planned many years ago. I know some of you are nowhere close to retirement but have you been thinking about it. What you will need to be able to be comfortable. Financially, emotionally and hopefully physically fit enough to be able to do them.
Gather around and let us sit awhile and just take some rest. Help yourself to all the goodies and please make yourself at home.
Bow River near Calgary Alberta
Now who would have thought this would be something I would be writing about I mean Fly Fishing. For those of you who know me you know that I live for the summer months and fishing this river close by to where I live. It is said it is one of the most productive rivers in the world having some of the highest populations of many species of fish.
I recently watch some biologists doing a study on the river by shocking or stunning the fish and taking a count. They do not harm the fish just capture them, tag them and take a count. Through some magical calculation they are saying there are as high as 2000 fish per mile on this river. I must tell you should that be the case they are some very smart fish and are not fooled easily. The drift I do each time is 55 miles long and takes me a full 10 plus hours to complete. The most I have caught on one trip is 9 fish.
It is a heavily fished river and most sport fisherman return the catch to the river again. Thus the success of the fishery. It is a great resource for the avid fly fisherman and a challenge for most. Along the drift I have many places I stop and fish some amazing pools that produce some lovely fish. I have not had a chance this year to get out as the river is running very high and very dirty due to the snow melt and all the rain we have had. July and August is generally the better months.
Yet another place I love to go is the West Coast of British Columbia here in Canada. A trip is slated the last week in July and the first week in August to go after Salmon. It is a hard life but I must tell you someone needs to do it.
I started carving some 35 years ago and it is something I have set aside the past few years due to work. Last year I created a studio in the garage and will be getting back into it again. At one point in time I did commission work and made a fairly good living. Most commissioned pieces had dates attached to them and I started to fall behind and eventually had to stop taking them. After I caught up again along came the burnout.
Wood is an amazing media to create in. No matter the piece of wood if you hang onto it long enough and there is something in there that needs to come out and say hello to the world. I have amassed a rather large collection of wood over the years and it is calling again now that I have time on my hands. Mistakes well I have made many and over the years I have had some design changes and sadly in some cases some very expensive fires.
Can Justice be Done
I love to get out with a camera and take pictures. Years ago with film and now everything is digital and it is an exciting time. I recently bought a new camera. It is not the best or the latest and greatest but I do enjoy working with Pentax. I used to have an older KM model and on a motorcycle trip I got the body wet and ruined the camera but managed to save all the lenses. They are the bayonet type and adapt well to this new camera.
I was digging around in what I call and old tickle truck the other day and found one of my first Kodak cameras and an old German 35 mm camera that I still struggle figuring out because everything is in German but it does take nice pictures.
I have a huge box of old photos and slides. I recently found a great toy which copies negatives and converts them to photos on the computer. It is not a cheap toy at the 800 dollar mark. I will be busy for a long while going through all the negatives I have.
Writing of Course
We all have something in common and that is writing. It is a time consuming process. The easy part is writing the hard part is editing and then marketing. Some things we write are a flop and others a success. It is a constant learning curve for us all.
When we leave words on the Internet they become a footprint in time and they will be there for years to come. Unlike years ago the trend seems to be swinging more and more into the eBook format. With the advent of readers we can store complete libraries on one device. It is an exciting time we live in is it not with all this technology at hand.
If retirement is something in your near future take the time to think of what all you would like to do. Stay active and you will stay healthy. Above all keep your mind engaged. I look forward to a few more years of being able to enjoy what I have worked for over the years. I hope yours are as well....
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