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I’m Dave, a Wandering Canuck, early retiree from careers as a military officer and health care executive, and now a frequent traveler.

One of the reasons I made it my objective to retire early was so that I could free up the time to partake in some adventure goals I’ve been dreaming about for years, but had been unable to block off the month or more that it would take to complete each of them. And because some of my dream adventures were quite physical, I wanted to attempt them early enough in life to have a reasonable chance at successfully completing them.

Not all of my dream adventures have a start and a finish. I love hiking, for instance, and while I may attempt a thru-hike of a longer trail, the goal of just spending more time hiking anywhere in the outdoors is more about a life process than a finish line. What early retirement provides is an opportunity for you to do more of what you like.

The purpose of this blog is to share my adventures for entertainment and inspiration. Most of my adventures are not earth-shattering – I’m not going to climb Mount Everest, for instance – but I have undertaken a few quests that have really challenged me physically, emotionally, and even spiritually. Even in retirement, there is room for growth.

As for you? I encourage you to create an adventure for yourself. A pilgrimage. A quest. Or a project. Anything at all. Anything that will take you a little bit outside of your comfort zone. Anything that will help you grow. Anything that you find daring and exciting.

Slow Living 3I’ve got my pompoms out and I’m ready to cheer you on.

If you have questions or feedback, please feel free to contact me at DaveGutscher [at] gmail [dot] com.

Live boldly. Hope to see you along the trail.


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