Happy Birthday to me. Today I’m the big 6-0. Sixty.
At 60 I do not plan on slowing down. I’m going to continue to travel, learn, do and experience life to the fullest.
This blog is about present and future fishing and travel adventures that I will embark upon for at least the next three to five years (Alaska, Amazon and Iceland / Greenland). While I don’t pretend to be a great explorer or want to “discover new lands”, I am happy to push myself to both physical and mental limits during these adventures, much like I did in my 20s.
I spent my 20s mostly traveling both with the US Navy and as a civilian, and doing the things 20 year olds are supposed to do. Hell, I didn’t start college till I was in my mid 20s. By the time I turned 30 I had been to 40+ countries on five continents (count is over 60 countries now).
My greatest fear in life is having regrets of something I wanted to do, but didn’t So with that in mind, here’s my 60th birthday present to myself for at least the next three -five years:
Alaska (2022) – kicks off my 60th year with travel and adventure to one of the last great frontiers. combination bucket list fishing trip and adventure and road trip with my daughter. See itinerary
Amazon -(2023) this was supposed to have happened in 2020 and again in 2021, but well, COVID. Now it is planned for 2023 for a ten day fishing expedition deep in the Amazon along the Rio Negro for giant peacock bass. Good thing is I have already invested in all the gear I need for the Amazon and have airline credits. Future fishing trips will be in Brazil, as I travel there often.
Iceland / Greenland (2024) – toss up between the Arctic north or Patagonia (Chile / Argentina), both of which are bucket list fishing destinations. For a host of reasons, mostly money (each of these trips run between 15-20K all in) I’m going with Iceland and Greenland for 2024 as it’s cheaper to get to so it leaves more money and time for fishing adventures.
Pantanal – Brazil (2023 / 24) is a natural region encompassing the world’s largest tropical wetland area, and the world’s largest flooded grasslands. It is located mostly within the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul, but it extends into Mato Grosso and portions of Bolivia and Paraguay.
2025 and beyond I don’t have any solid long range plans for future adventures, but for sure I see myself going back to Brazil (my wife is Brazilian and we go often) as well as to Alaska for the aurora borealis or Northern Lights, exploring the Galapagos, Patagonia and perhaps the Arctic North / Northwest of Canada with my son who lives in Toronto.
In the meantime, going to enjoy the present and future adventures with wife and partner in crime for the last 30+ years.