On our website here, we have a very long list of “Categories”. These “Categories” serve as “Subtitles” to each Post we publish. They have a real purpose. Having Categories / Subtitles allows us to “earmark” Posts so we can go back in time and find topics we may want to refer back to. We have so many (and some are used only once or twice) that I am reluctant to add new ones unless they would really serve a purpose.

Below is a “New Category” BUT I am NOT going to formally add to our list!

Myths / False Truths About Senior Citizens.

Oh Oh! What is a Senior Citizen.

Senior Citizen : For me that is age 80 and above.

Yes! Oh Yes! I know!

I just Googled “Senior Citizen” : According to Medicare, a senior is 65 years old or older. However, Social Security benefits are eligible for seniors starting at 62, even though the Social Security Office reports that 67 is the age of retirement. Yet if you are 55 and you visit an Arby’s or McDonald’s you can get a senior discount. So you take your pick!

Myths / False Truths About Senior Citizens. Get a good night of sleep and you will be fine in the morning.

This Myth or False Truth is absolutely and positively NOT true for me! When I am really tired, to the point of exhaustion, one good night of sleep is “just the beginning”. The past 6 days were brutal! I have to accept the fact it will take me a few days to snap back.

Four of the past 6 days involved driving 360 miles on each of two days (Tuesday and Sunday), and 160 rural miles on each of the other two days (Thursday and Friday). The total miles (including local driving in Fairbanks) we drove was eleven hundred and two (1,102) miles! Just the driving was tiring and Yes! Patti drove her fair share of miles to allow me to rest.

Moving into a motel room and packing out of a room is tiring.

The emotions around selling our cabin and making our “Swan Song Visit” to our cabin of 25 years was tiring. And in Manley Hot Springs we were very busy attempting to decide what to take back to Anchorage with us.

Bottom Line : Patti and I are very tired.

If you get down the the end of this Post, you will see some beautiful Autumn and mountain photos.

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Our Chevrolet Suburban, before and after his visit to our local car wash. 

He looks “Brand New”!

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Let’s end this Post ON THE UPBEAT!!

Below is a mere “sampling of photos” that I took during our trip. I plan to post our scenic photos on blogspot in a few days.

Cap and Patti


  1. Michael

    Again, thanks for all of your blogs, reports and narratives of your trip to Manley Hot Springs, your cabin and Fairbanks. I did comment on the Sept. 25th blog and my estimate of miles traveled was slightly off yet I’m sure to you and Patti at times it felt like you have traversed 5k miles. So happy you made it home safe and sound….and dag-gum tired! Similar to celebrating another birthday we use the perspective ‘made another trip around the sun’….well, you both have made another trip to Manley, and back home! Yippie-Skippy!
    Enjoy your sleep and power naps.

    1. Cap Chastain

      Thanks Michael for mentioning your comment to our SEP 25, 23, Post. I replied to it. This getting older is some adventure. I used to knock off 360 miles in a day trips as if they were duck soup. No longer do I. Yes the 320 mile round trip from Fairbanks to, and return from, Manley is a challenge indeed in good weather. Adding in mud and shorter days takes it up several notches! The very real possibility of flat tires or any car troubles adds to the stress of making the drive. Overall our emotional Manley Swan Song was as beautiful as it could have been. As always, in all ways, thanks for your support and interest and thoughts of Singapore Rice Noodles in Lake Havasu City Michael! Your Allies.. Cap and Patti

    1. Cap Chastain

      Thanks Ginny for enjoying the photos! Trust me, there will be MORE photos coming and soon, daily if I am able to do so Ginny. We two always appreciate your support and comments. Your Allies.. Cap and Patti

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