So, yeah, getting old. As the official summer wraps up I am concluding a couple of things.
One is the importance of keep moving about. If you stop moving, you don’t want to start up again. Newton was right, particularly as it applies to aging bodies in motion.
So despite my interest in carrying a larger pack and hiking a long distance it probably isn’t going to happen without a beast of burden. Or an ATV. I think I’m limited to about a 25 pound load.
Lastly, heat. Really do not do well in it anymore, especially if somewhat laborious. So temperatures above 90′ F are managed unlike when I was in my 20’s. At 52 you can do things in the heat, just not for a very long time. I discovered this in my early 40’s pouring cement in the back yard when I couldn’t take long breaks. It hasn’t improved with age.
So being older and a scout has its challenges. Go for the shaded trails!