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The Suburbanite
  • Out of My Mature Mind: Extreme travel for baby boomers

  • What does extreme mean when it comes to traveling? It is defined as going to the outermost or farthest point, remote area or a very dangerous or difficult sport such as extreme rafting or mountain climbing.

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  • What does extreme mean when it comes to traveling? It is defined as going to the outermost or farthest point, remote area or a very dangerous or difficult sport such as extreme rafting or mountain climbing.
    I understand that but don't you think that once you reach a certain age-all travel is extreme? It takes an extreme amount of energy to pack, plan and load the car. When our families were young we carried playpens, strollers, formula and bottles. Now we have moved to wheelchairs, walkers and bottles of medications. It seems to take an extreme amount of moving around and shifting of sitting positions to ride more than two hours at a time and when we get out of the car it takes a long time to get everything moving again as we groan and limp around the car to untangle the kinks and-we won't go into the bladder thing.
    Traveling is fun but when you are a baby boomer and you just had a milestone birthday which, fortunately, brings you within five years of Medicare, these extreme travels can wear you down a little. It is not easy to lug all the necessities up the back, narrow stairs of a quaint bed and breakfast or the open metal stairs of a Days Inn.
    I am not going to carry on about my “extreme” travel adventures but I would like to tell you about some adventures that certainly felt extreme or should I say “outrageous”,
    (a term listed under extreme in the thesaurus).
    I have suffered the extreme heat and remote areas of the desert; I swam in shark infested waters, mingled with wild animals, shopped till I dropped, had to test the best dishes in more restaurants than I can remember, (which isn't saying much), spent a hot day in a rubber raft battling the last rapid on the Colorado River and maybe the most adventurous, I braved streets that were filled with children less than three-foot-tall and a monstrous yellow bird.
    And, I did all of these extreme things so I could bring the up close and personal travel information to you, the beloved reader.
    I know it was adventuresome of me but it is important that you know the fun and exciting things that are out there for us to do over the next fifty years. You say it is too adventuresome for you? Okay, I  exaggerated the extremeness. I was in the remote desert but with a guide; there were sharks in the water right in front of my eyes and feet, but I did not go in until the next day; I did mingle with the wild animals but it was in a car in Sandusky's Animal Safari; I shopped until I dropped in Buck's County Pennsylvania, but it did not take long for me to drop; I did go through the last rapid on the Colorado, but it was as rough as the water running from the hose down the driveway; I had to eat a lot and often but was conscience of the fact I can't eat after 6 p.m. at my age; and I did enjoy my tour through Sesame Place where the little cookie dusters were having a great time with the big blue monster and big bird, (great place to take the grandkids).
    Page 2 of 2 - Traveling is fun. Do it as often as possible. A day trip, overnight adventure or long weekend can provide a renewal of the mind and spirit. It may take a little toll on the body, but it is worth it. Besides when you come home, you can crash on the couch and watch the travel channel.