Memorable Automobiles from The Past:
This '39 Ford was new when that old man was born.
Unless my mind or health declines, I WILL start a single backpacking hike of the Appalachian Trail next year. I THINK I want to start on my birthday, Jan17th, 2022. I am almost sure that is my 83rd birthday. At first I wanted to do this to be the oldest hiker to thru hike the AT. Now, to be honest, it is to be alone and ponder, in the wild.
I am learning about things I do, and learning them embarrasses me. Don’t get me wrong, it is good to know these things. I want to correct them, if I can. Now please, my thinking is NOT wrong, it is NOT normal to talk over or interrupt others.
I talk too much (I know why I do it, sub-consciously if I am talking I do not have to know what is said by others, I cannot converse if I don’t understand. I ALSO KNOW that this is just my excuse. It makes me ashamed!)
I found myself doing that with my good friend Buddy. Looking back I realized I had done that. That makes you feel like crap.
In the last couple years it has been necessary for me to be corrected about names, incidents and the years in which they happened. Truthfully the corrections do not take root or register, my mind does not remember the corrections because I still do not know and truthfully will probably never know. It hurts.
Sherry & I remember too well my sister Shirl and dementia. Shirl was losing her ‘memory’ and she knew that. She would call us and say, “You guys have got to come home and take care of me.”
We finally did come home when she acknowledged that she had gone grocery shopping at Walmart, and forgot her way home. That is only 2 or 3 miles. The statement used over and over was, “I am losing my memory, and it worries me to death.”
My sister and mother suffered from dementia. I am confused, is it my hearing combined with my mind or worse? Now I hear my double cousin Bobby is suffering from dementia. I must go see him.
(I wrote this book and used our experiences working it into a mystery using my 'Jerry Wiley' crew and the 'Modern Vigilante Association.'
Right now I think backpacking alone in the backwoods for a few months in the wild may help, I might not can make it all the way. It is 2,190+/- 3 miles and takes about 5-8 months to complete. We have backpacked over 1800 miles on the trail, but not all at once. The most we walked at one try was 900 miles.
My Plans could change tomorrow. But I now have 10 months to really get ready. I certainly have enough backpacking supplies. LOL
THANKS for reading, I do appreciate it.