Recently we went camping with Nicole’s mother and father, both in their eighties or as they like to call it “Club 80”. While spending the week with Nicole’s parents we were constantly surprised by and in awe of them. So, here are 3 things we discovered while camping with elderly parents …
Being elderly doesn’t mean being incapable. Mom and dad swim, hike and bike every day, in fact they would put many 20 year old’s to shame. Every morning Nicole and her mom would do a 45 minute hike after mom and dad had already gone for a bike ride into the village.
Elderly people like to try new things. We brought our kayaks this trip in order to take advantage of the beautiful Okanagan lake. Despite never in her life having been in a kayak, Nicole’s mom was desperate to give it a try. After one time out she was a pro and she couldn’t wait to get out in the water every afternoon.
Elderly people can have more energy than young people. Mom and dad are constantly on the go … up early and filling their days with activity. Dad drove into town, a 40 minute drive one way, every day to water his garden. They swam morning, afternoon and evening. They hiked and they biked. They cooked and they cleaned. All this in the heat of nearly 40 degrees Celsius! Somehow they managed to stay energized and ready for any adventure while the rest of us were completely exhausted!!!!
Nicole’s parents are an inspiration to us. A great example of how to continue living a full life well into your golden years. We hope that we have at least half of the energy and zest for life that they do when we enter “Club 80”