Today is the one year anniversary of my last day of work at the University of Idaho. So far retirement has been great. People ask me if I miss work. People ask me if I'm bored. The answer to both is an emphatic NO!
Now that I am retired I have a lot more time for travel, something that Sandy and I both love. We have taken some big trips. We did a tropical trip to Kauai during the winter. We took a trip to New Zealand, touring around Queesntown and doing the Routeburn Track.
We've also taken a lot of trips in North America. We spent a week in the San Juans mountains and visited Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado. Sandy even took a quilting class for a few days. We did some great hiking at Whistler in British Columbia. We went to the Oregon Coast and stayed in Cannon Beach. We spent a week in Montana. While Sandy took a quilting class I went to Glacier National Park. We went to Capitol Reef National Park with a friend. We visited Yosemite National Park this spring when the waterfalls were at their best in years.
I've also done quite a bit of travel on my own. I've been to several wargaming conventions: BottosCon in Canada, GMT weekend in California and Consimworld Expo in Arizona. I've done hiking trips to several national parks in canyon country: Arches, Canyonlands, Zion and Grand Canyon. Closer to home, I've done a lot of hiking in the Sawtooth Wilderness, sometimes with out-of-town visitors, sometimes just with Abby, and sometimes with both.
When I'm at home I have way more activities than I have time for. I have been playing a lot of board wargames, even getting involved in playtesting new ones before they are published. I still love computer games and play them too. Except shooters. I hate shooters. Probably because I totally suck at them.
I've been taking classes on philosophy, science and math. I am in the process of relearning calculus. That's been a lot of fun. Not everyone would agree but I have really enjoyed it. And I spend way too much time writing for this blog.
Like everyone, I was looking forward to retirement when I thought I would have enough time to do whatever I wanted. I get to do a lot, but there is still so much more I would like to do. For example, although I still read a lot, I read fewer books in the last year than in previous years.
And every day I walk the dog. Even this winter, when the weather was a real challenge, I would take Abby for a walk. Sometimes Sandy comes along with us. She likes to walk too. Other times it's just Abby and me. I take her for two walks at least and usually three walks every day. Typically it's about two hours a day. When people ask me what I do with all my time now that I am retired, I usually answer "walk the dog".
It's been a good year and I am looking forward to more like it with Sandy and Abby.