Sunday, May 5, 2013

Going Solo: Considering An Adirondack Retirement

101_1541Earlier this April, my friend retired full-time to an Adirondack lake shaped like a large starfish.  She wrote to say that ice-out was last Friday, and that she was having quite a time adjusting to her retirement.

“Retirement?  Having a hard time adjusting?  What could be so hard?” I found myself thinking.  Unplug the alarm clock.  When you wake up, relax and savor the sounds of an Adirondack by-the-lake morning.  Listen to the wind in the pines. Hear the creaking and groaning of the ice, replaced by soft spring waters and an endless sunrise.  What’s not to like?

At mid-career, moving frantically through my business each week, an Adirondack retirement like my friend’s is a treasure.  Our lives are so busy, why not a permanent unwind?

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Teresa DeSantis is a freelance cartographer, organic gardener, and backwoods explorer.

She is currently working on a book of her experiences in the out-of-doors. She can be contacted at

5 Responses

  1. Sue says:

    More story? Please.

  2. Pete Klein says:

    Why retire? Why not start a small (Internet?)business and/or look for ways to volunteer?

  3. Brad says:

    Me too, I scrowled up and down the page looking for the rest of the story…? Plenty to write about there.

  4. Charlie says:

    “I found myself thinking. Unplug the alarm clock.”

    And get rid of the darned tv!

  5. Ray says:

    The main difference between having a job and being retired is that you no longer get paid. I still awaken at 5AM (bad habits die slowly) and once everyone discovers you’re retired you are recruited for every board and committee, volunteered to do this and that. I do manage to squeeze in a few days of skiing or biking, though.

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