I have about 10 books from the library right now. I’m deep in the throes of researching and writing the padding guide about the Peace River, so I got some local history books. One of them is The Last of the True Pioneers by Ted Krause. He lived in northern Alberta and the book tells the stories from his life between 1929 to 2004. I haven’t had a chance to read the whole book, but I was flipping through the first few pages and the last few pages. This is what’s found on the last page, written when Ted was 78 years old, and I loved it and wanted to share it here.
If I had it to do over again…
I’d try to make more mistakes next time. I would relax a little more. I would limber up quite a bit, and be a little sillier than I have been this trip.
I know there would be very few things I would take so seriously, and I would be crazier.
I’d take more chances. I’d take more nonsense journeys. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers and watch more sunsets.
Oh, I have had my moments… and if I had it to do over again, I’d have more of them. In fact, that’s what I’d have most of… just moments… one after another, instead of this living so many years ahead of each day.
If I had it do do over again, I would go more places. I’d get up and go quickly and travel much lighter than I ever have, and I would go places I never dreamed I’d go.
If I had my life to live over again, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and I would stay that way until later in the fall. I would play hooky more. And I wouldn’t make such good grades, either… except by accident.
I would piss off my doorstep just to say it’s my doorstep and I can do what I want.
I would go into the wilderness and scream at the top of my lungs just to hear the echo.
Try some of these things — they’re good for the soul.
And above all, do not pay any attention to what the neighbors are saying about you. They like to talk.
Except it’s actually west… A long way west… We are going to China! 🙂 We leave tomorrow, and I am uber-excited about what we will see and do while there. I will try and get on the net while I’m there and blog, but if not, expect a torrent of blogs later on in November! I am planning on taking several hundred pictures — I can’t wait! The weather’s cool there, maybe even snowy, but nothing compared to here, I expect. I have packed lots of sweaters and fleece so I am not cold while I am doing all sorts of fun, touristy things. Food! Amazing, unique food! The great wall! I mean, the Great Wall (with capital letters, you know)! I am so excited!
But for now, a little nap, hopefully my stomach will settle down (it’s queasy again), and then packing and hitting the road! Woo hoo!
Well, it’s official – I am going to Mexico!! I had dropped off my forms last week to renew my passport and I just picked it up! Woo hoo! I am so excited! I am going to visit my friend Mary, who is living in Mazatlan for 5 months. She normally lives and works in High Level, but she decided to go to Mexico this winter! She’s having quite an adventure, and so I am going to join in! 🙂 She lives in a little apartment above a house, in a “regular neighbourhood” in Mazatlan. No fancy all-inclusive resorts for me!
My flight is tomorrow morning, early, and the plane makes one stop in Calgary to pick up more passengers and then goes direct to Mazatlan! Woo hoo! No complicated transferring! On the way back, it’s completely direct! So I am quite sure that I won’t have any problems or adventures on the way there – just once I get there!
There is a very nice beach there, apparently, so I am looking forward to a little time on it, although I will be doing lots of other things for sure! The daytime temp is about 25 degrees – summer! So, stay tuned as I’ll try and blog as much as I can… Mary’s also got a blog, so you can check it out if you like – http://www.maryslettersmx.blogspot.com Between the 2 of us, we’ll try to keep you up to date on what we’ve been doing! That’s all for now! The picture below is part of Mazatlan, from Google Earth. (Click on it for larger image.) 🙂