WALKING PATHS in My Life Today

Next to maybe “Nature” in general or “Birds” specifically, nothing describes my life of being “Retired in Costa Rica” better than “WALKING!” For seven years now without a car I have learned to get to most needed places on foot; walking to town, to the supermercado or farmacia, to a restaurante; and even better, walking for fun or the discoveries of nature on city sidewalks, my “Country Lane” or “Country Road” walks for photos of birds or other nature and best of all the many wonderful wilderness trails I’ve discovered in national parks and reserves across this beautiful, natural country of Costa Rica. My life here has made experiencing nature and walking (hiking) almost synonymous! The feature photo at top is one of the horizons I experience on “Country Lane” and other paths in Atenas with one of my trip trails below . . .

Titi Trail, Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

“We don’t stop hiking because we grow old, we grow old because we stop hiking.”

“My Country Lane,” the Extension of 8th Avenue Atenas, Costa Rica

Cancer surgery and especially the radiation treatments drained me of my past high-energy, causing me to need and thus get much more rest and for months now I have been walking less, but that is about to change as I realize that a walk actually energizes me (as it did during radiation) and I am trying to walk more now, even in my state of lower energy. 🙂 The trails and roads of Costa Rica give me the motivation to go out more . . .

Calle Nueve along-side Roca Verde, “My Country Road,” Atenas, Costa Rica.

“Go out – go out I beg of you and taste the beauty of the wild. Behold the miracle of the earth with all the wonder of a child.” 

– Edna Jaques

And so, with “the wonder of a child,” I’m again “going out” and “beholding the miracle of the earth!” — Retired in Costa Rica!

¡Pura Vida!

This is the final post of 6 in this series of “WALKING PATHS of My Life.” Truly, walking and nature describe my life now better than anything as I experience my sunset years and continue singing the final verse of my favorite hiking song . . .

Oh, may I go a-wandering

Until the day I die!

Oh may I always laugh and sing

Beneath God’s clear blue sky!

The Happy Wanderer Blog Post, September 10, 2020
One of several “Swinging Bridges” at Arenal Observatory Lodge, Arenal Volcano NP, Costa Rica.

¡Pura Vida!

More walking links on my Hiking & Camping Page.

6 Replies to “WALKING PATHS in My Life Today”

  1. Charlie,
    I have enjoyed your series, “Walking Paths in My Life . . .”

    I continue to be amazed at your ability to organize your photos and tell us the stories about them. You truly are documented your life with words and photography – leaving a legacy for those who follow.

    You often make your readers jealous that they don’t live in C.R. I’m so happy that your are enjoying your life there. Many of us who follow your posts continue to pray for your complete healing.

    1. 🙂 And as always Larry, you are so kind! I’m just an old man sharing about his life of being “Retired in Costa Rica!!” And thanks for those prayers! 🙂

  2. I’ve truly enjoyed this series Charlie. It is wonderful to see how walking through the wonders of life has enhanced your life!

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