Making the Most of Retirement travels to ´The Last Frontier' Feb. 17

(STILLWATER, OKLA. / Feb. 3, 2016) –– On Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 1:30 p.m., Making the Most of Retirement introduces the first session of its new periodic segment on armchair travelling for retirees.  Drs. Doug Aichele and Kathryn Castle will transport attendees to “The Last Frontier” with their tales of Alaskan travel.

“As individuals age, traveling becomes more challenging and difficult, if not impossible,” said Zane Quible, OSU Emeriti member. “A significant number of Stillwater’s retirees have had unique travel experiences that they enjoy sharing with other retirees who may not be able to travel themselves.” 

Aichele and Castle’s travels may be more unique than most and have led to life changing opportunities.

“One thing I hope our program participants learn is that travel can spark a new lifelong passion or interest,” said Castle. “In Doug’s case, the interest that developed from his travel to Alaska was dog sledding. After visiting Alaska and learning about dog sledding, he attended the Alaskan Iditarod and other races, and then began doing research on dogs who race in competitions.”

Aichele continued his interest by working with mushers in caring for their dogs, and now serves as a judge in dog sled races in the Northwest U.S.

The couple first visited Alaska for Castle’s career.

“I initially travelled to Alaska as a visiting professor for the University of Alaska,” said Castle. “I loved the experience and the diversity of the Alaskan population. Doug accompanied me on one of my teaching assignments and fell in love with sledding.

“During one winter seminar I taught in Fairbanks, I went dog sledding for the first and last time! It was quite an exhilarating experience!”

Attendees will get a chance to learn about these exciting travel adventures as well as the sport of dog sledding. In upcoming months, attendees will do more armchair travelling to destinations like The Silk Road and Adriatic Sea on May 18, Iceland on July 20 and the Great Loop of Eastern U.S. on September 21.

“Making the Most of Retirement” meets the third Wednesday of each month. All local retirees are invited to attend the free programs.  For more information, visit http://retiredinstillwater.wordpress.com or contact the library at 405-372-3633 x106 or askalibrarian@stillwater.org.

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.).  Visit the library online at http://library.stillwater.org.