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 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.