This is my Aunt Hortense. Last Sunday, she celebrated her 99th birthday by going kayaking with her grandson and several other family members. Four generations of family gathered for this historic adventure...
If ever there was a role model for how to live life to the fullest, it's my sweet aunt. She lives in a retirement village...not in assisted living, thank you very much...and has such a lust for life.
She and my Uncle Bob had 69 years of adventure together. During those years, they lived all over Florida and Georgia. Many of those years were in Jekyll Island, GA, where they managed The Buccaneer hotel. (I loved visiting with them there!!!)
Aunt Hortense and Uncle Bob also spent 5 years living on a houseboat on Lake Lanier...in northern GA. I remember my aunt saying they were among the oldest residents up there...and that all the "young" people kept THEM young. (I can relate to this.)
In this photo, Aunt Hortense really looks like she knows what she's doing...
She agrees..."I do know what I'm doing. I'm standing here looking like an idiot." (Typical response!)
Now that she has celebrated her 99th birthday with such a special adventure, she is already contemplating what she can do for her next birthday...100!
You can read more about her adventures at this link:
*** All photographs were taken by BRUCE LIPSKY/The Times-Union
I am linking up with Susan for Outdoor Wednesday.