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I have a few goals for 2011 which mostly consists of exploring some interests I've had for a while and restarting some I haven't enjoyed for a long time. My desires revolve around getting outside more and learning older skills that I think I would enjoy. What I want to explore in 2011 is:

Hiking - I hiked a lot until the early '90s when work and a sick spouse stopped me from going out. Well I want to do that again. Sadly my ankles give me lots of trouble when walking but I'm going to see my doctor and a physical therapist and see what we can do to fix that. It might as simple as walking to build up their strength again. This would include city walks, volksmarching and trail hikes in the Puget Sound area.

Orienteering - As a Boy Scout I did my share of orienteering. There is some activity in the area and I'm planning on attending my first meet on January 8th. I'll have the same walking trouble but I hope it isn't a permanent problem. I need to pick up a compass and a whistle but I'm sure REI will have more than I need. Do any of you have a book you would recommend on the subject?

Celestial Navigation - I've always been fascinated by navigating by using the stars. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] gfish's offer I will be learning how to do just that. I've ordered new editions of the almanac and a few other books from the US Naval Observatory and will start saving up for my own sextant.

Slide Rule - A co-worker gave me a slide rule with the note, "All of us geeks need at least one. I definitely don't need 5! Now you have one." Now I need to learn how to use it. I've found a few books at the Seattle Public Library about it but I would love to hear about any recommendations you might have.

That's enough for now. With classes I think that's enough to keep me busy for the year. I might have to give up on some gaming to fit everything in, though I don't think that's a major loss. I have already cut my TV watching down to a minimum and don't really miss it.

Date: 2010-12-30 09:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gfish.livejournal.com
Be sure to post about the orienteering after the meet? I'm curious how that goes. It's always sounded like something I could really get into.

Date: 2010-12-30 11:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hollyking.livejournal.com
I will.

By the way, I'll be at the Nerdvana NYE party. Would that be a good time to get the loaner book(s) and sextant from you?

Date: 2010-12-31 12:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gfish.livejournal.com
Sure thing, I'll try to remember to bring them.

Date: 2010-12-31 05:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hollyking.livejournal.com
Excellent! See you tomorrow.

Date: 2011-01-01 09:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mokie-sassafras.livejournal.com
I'm up for hiking & possibly orienteering (that sounds fun :) although I'm kind of out of shape & need to get new hiking boots (a trip to REI is in my near future)

Date: 2011-01-01 09:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hollyking.livejournal.com
Wunderbar! I'm not in any kind of shape (unless you count round). I've been averaging about 3 MPH when hiking the past few days, which might be fast but isn't for me when I was at my prime.

The orienteering event I am attending is on the 8th at 10am, but it's down past Olympia so I'll be leaving here at 8am to work my way there. You're welcome to come along if you like. We should be back around 1pm I think.

I'm off work on Monday and planning on finding a hike, visiting Fry's and REI. Would you like to come along for part of that and get some lunch too?

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