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Elderly Archaeologist

One of the nice things about oldd age is being able to hobble into the local REI and flashing a very low number.  I have been a member since the early 1960's when I snagged a permanent job with the National Park Service.  Plunked down all of two bucks for  membership, an investment which has turned out very well.

Over the years I have enjoyed hiking, backpacking, caving, cycling, and rock climbing, mostly in Arizona and the Four Corners area.  Stationed in Tucson during the 70s and early 1980s, I renewed my interest in volunteer search and rescue as a member of Southern Arizona Rescue Association.

In 1985, I moved to California, stationed at Channel Islands National Park, retiring in 2001.  I developed an interest in the now extinct pygmy mammoths that once flourished there and I have continued to participate in projects there, and also at the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, South Dakota, digging there during the summer.

Now in my 80s, I am definitely slowing down, but I strive to be as active as possible.  I still enjoy the outdoors.  Nature is wonderful, whether you are really active or more sedentary.  It is all good!!

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@hikermor thanks for sharing, and for belonging for so long to the co-op! We are very lucky to have members like you!

At REI, we believe a life outdoors is a life well lived.
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Belonged since early 70’s so an old guy as well. You career seems as if you got to live the dream!

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Are you still living near the Channel Islands?

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Absolutely!  I still get out there once in a while, hunting down fossilized pygmy mammoth and other critters.

 

not an easy place to visit casually, but well worth the time

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I live in Camarillo. I haven't been out to the islands in several years, but still hike locally. I also love to learn about the geology and history of the places I hike. I am also a fan of astronomy and geocaching. (Just thinking I better introduce myself to everyone here. Been on these conversations for a few weeks and haven't done that yet!) Maybe when this craziness is over we can meet up for a short hike.

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So, @hikermor ,  are you really an archaeologist, or is it a hobby?  I ask because my daughter is studying archaeology in England, and will officially be one upon graduation this year.  She's participated in noteworthy digs in England, and in Egypt.  I joined her in a volunteer capacity at a local dig in Annapolis, MD last year.  It can be tedious, but really cool when you discover something.

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Sorry for being so late on this response.   I am (WAS?)  a professional digger. but, truth to tell, one regret is that i did not pursue a doctorate. The NPS beckoned, and my first intention was to transfer to, say, Grand Teton , and get involved in SAR.  Things turned out differently and I can't complain- I got lots of SAR activity .

I  totally agree with your assessment of the field - some days are quite unremarkable, except for the amount of dirt you acquire.  But then there are those other days.  I have some good war stories...

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No worries about the late response.  I have no doubt that you have plenty of good stories!  Good to hear from you!

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@hikermor Howdy Elderly Archaeologist,  What a great Bio!  I'm glad your still so active.  Hope you have a wonderful summer.

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