How long we livin’, livin’, livin’?”

“How long we livin’, livin’, livin’?” are lyrics from one of my favorite songs,  Into the Wild by LP.  A key reason for going on this trip now is that we’re not getting any younger. I’m 46 and Timm is 47. We love hiking deep into the back country which means trekking 10-15 miles a day. Years of running has taken a toll on my legs and I feel their little aches and pains. For the first time in my life, I realize that I am getting older. Timm teases me that “It’s about time you joined the rest of us mortals!” His back has bothered him for years. He has arthritis in his family history so we won’t be surprised when some day, he starts feeling those aches too. It won’t be long before we won’t be able to do this trip the way we’ve dreamed about it.

I see us at 65, walking up the edge of a canyon and looking down into it and saying “Wish we could hike down into that. Wish we’d taken this trip when we were younger.”  If we wait much longer, it will be too late. We will be those older people some day and that day is not that far away.

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