As if there aren't enough good reasons to see the world.
25.11.2008 -9 °C
Original posted December 28, 2008
Right in the middle of reserving a jungle cabin somewhere on the Nicoya peninsula, a blinding fury of flurries sweeps in from the north and puts all action outside our cozy cabin on hold. An unusually heavy downfall has snowed us in and it isn't until Monday that the John Deere arrives to free us once again.
I have always enjoyed the security of isolation and isn't it ironic that in planning a getaway to a mosquito infested tropical peninsula I have today experienced that same sense of remote from behind a wall of snow.
I will keep today in mind when I am snorkeling in the tepid bathwater of the Pacific ocean.
Aging and Retirement - update March 8, 2209
In the matter of aging and retirement it is becoming increasingly apparent that the resilience I once had for the finger numbing cold and the biting westerly winds is becoming a slow slide into resistence.
I have relinquished my powers of cold endurance to the months of December, January, February and March and leave the arduous days of concealing winter drafts and stocking the wood shed behind. A move to an apartment was the next logical step, but the ultimate lifestyle change would be to spend at least 4 months in a warmer climate.
My father set the stage for my impressions of winter when at the early retirement age of 55 he took a basic pension from IBM, his employer for 25 years, and with my Mom spent 6 months of most very winter in either Delray Beach or Panama City Beach Florida. As the years went by they, along with a gradual increase and elegibility in government pensions, were able to live warm and comfortably on about $1200 per month. The travel costs there and back were much more moderate in the years of plentiful oil as was the pace of life tempered by political balance and uncomplicated consumption.
The goal of reaching this idyllic lifestyle and 12 months of moderate weather seemed attainable until recently.
Faced with the prospect of poisoned skies and polluted water because of the effects of earlier excesses, the thought of travel in any form brings criticism and conjecture with any thought of travel that does not include a trip to the hospital or an organic market.
Recently, a trip to Costa Rica has rekindled the thoughts of eventually reaching at least 2 or 3 months in a warm climate. Several more years work for my partner to reach pension age will put us in the enviaviable position of making serious plans for the rallying cry to "Head south for the winter".