How did I miss this? You sound exactly like my dad. That is by far the best way to live. If I ever make it to that age I plan on having the exact same mindset. You can't really get old if you're always a child. Keeps life interesting that way too.
Bugs, It might be a good idea to get your 20 yrs in the Army and then become a wildlife biologist. Collect 2 retirements.
And I might add that having military experience gives you a huge leg up in applying for federal jobs. You get what are called preference points and are therefore shifted to the top of the list pretty quickly, given that you have the same degrees as everyone else. Most of the federal agencies employ wildlife biologists... NPS, USGS, USFS etc and also ones you wouldn't normally think of such as the DOD. The Department of Defense might also be an awesome choice for someone that is coming out of the military anyways. And two retirements doesn't sound that bad either I guess.
We all think about getting in shape for that up coming big game hunt but what about your truck or suv? Just how much thought goes through your mind on getting it ready for that out of the way hunt that you are heading out on?
The first thing that I usually do is check the tires. If they need replacement think what would happen if you get 50 miles from nowhere and not one but two of them go flat or blow out on you. What are you going to do? When my tires usually get...