Despite the gorgeous photos you occasionally post of your current environs, I would think the driving requirements of just living in that remote location would be increasingly burdensome as the years pass.
Have you ever lived in Boston? I know you used to live here in Chicago, not far from my home. As I get older, I find access to a real transit system a blessing. And Boston certainly has one; I used to live in the Back Bay and loved it. Joined a rowing/sailing club on the Charles, and went out at dawn many mornings for a row...sublime! Might even be as soul-satisfying as those forest walks with your dog.
Whoa, not so remote! Concord, NH is 60 mi from Boston. North of the Notch in NH would indeed be remote. Or a Dakota, or Idaho, or northern Maine for that matter.
I lived in Cambridge in '71 and Brookline '71-2. After grad school in Chicago, I came back to the Boston area but chose to live in Newton - having Boston readily available but not immersed in it. Walden was more my speed. We moved to Concord, MA and later to next door Carlisle. When we returned from our afloat years, living here was initially dictated by a residency program. Interestingly, it was started by an old Navy shipmate of mine whom I'd last seen in 1971 in Pearl Harbor.
Well you're 'remote' by my standards! How far away is that Corn Maze event? Couldn't be far. I can imagine you enjoying the camaraderie and competition of the event tremendously. And maybe stay over for a couple days as some few orienteers' house guest. Cut laurel with Charlie; row with coach; ride with PG.
But I don't blame you that you don't feel like driving down to western Massachusetts and back, no matter how felicitous the trip might be. After 40 years without a car, I wouldn't take even a Mercedes if you gave it to me. That's why I began this thread. I think all of us old guys have to accept the inevitability of coming limitations on our lifestyles. And make some adjustments now.
Like moving to a location serviced by abundant transit. Or at least, a short Uber ride away from needed services, emergency or otherwise. You have several world-class hospitals in Boston...don't you want to be closer to them? I find it very comforting that I have my choice of nearby health care in Chicago.
2+ hours ea way. I wanted a 'settled day' - not a running this a way and that a way.
Definitely lifestyle limitations, some physical but others just dwindling inclination. I've come to feel that way with the boat, esp the long drive ea way, 180-195mi and then the at least 2.5 hrs to get somewhere acceptably interesting. I need more time there and don't have it. I'd have to live in Maine (don't want to) and have a smaller, more easy to maintain vessel.
House guesting needs a lot of time - and meshing schedules for your above suggestion, if I'd be welcome:-). Time to sit in the lap of luxury...where is it that? Ironic considering the first 3 letters of that word. Concord Hospital will do for most things and Boston indeed has top notch hospitals. I had my valve surgery at MGH. Your default Chicago hospital would be Northwestern, 303 E Chicago Av or close enough? Takes me back, '72-6. "Health restoration by the lakeside":-)
Well, Bob, it would be fun to have you visit, although I imagine you could do all the laurel wrangling you wanted in about 5 minutes. I am struggling with the long drives, too. 1:15 to the corn maze and it was definitely a struggle to get home again, even though I skipped the dinner and the night-O.
We have a much lighter (but nonetheless tiring) version of l.w. here - being weeds that never cease; one new version from last summer spreads everywhere. Orienteers almost always went off to A meet spring/fall weekends in past years, leaving the house and yard work to fend for itself.