An Archaeologist on Holiday
Increasing age is no barrier to having adventures. Archaeologist Brenda Sewell and her husband Eric, in their 60s and 70s, hiked and bussed and joined tour groups away from the usual tourist destinations. Along the way they met people who brightened their lives and showed them many facets of their culture. This full-colour edition contains many photos of Brenda and Eric's travels. More
Increasing age is no barrier to having fun or adventures. One merely tempers the adventure to suit the age. So whilst skydiving, hang gliding, scuba diving or climbing mountains get the adrenalin flowing for a 20 or 30 year old, these antics may not appeal to a 60 or 70 year old. It all depends upon the person and their physical ability and their desire to do such a thing. My husband, Eric, was still scuba diving over the age of 70 but skydiving held no attraction – then or even when he was 40. And as for climbing mountains, neither he nor I are capable, although we still enjoy the pleasure of tramping in the bush and of snorkelling near our home on the Coromandel Peninsula. These activities are as much fun now as they were 50 years ago, albeit on a less vigorous scale.
For the past 25 years we have visited many places, had adventures in quite a few and fun in all of them. These are what I call ‘elderly adventures’ – great experiences with people of other cultures. None of our escapades were life threatening or even scary. They were wonderful encounters that brightened our lives and made us more aware of different peoples and the many facets of their cultures. And in doing so, we had such fun.