Monthly Archives: July 2012

Our 94 Year Old Skydiver!

Our residents can fly!

We had the chance to witness something amazing when ninety four year old Maury, a community member at Merrill Gardens at Renton Centre, decided to try indoor flying! Maury took flight at I Fly Seattle, a company offering indoor skydiving.

Maury is quite the adventure seeker and skydiving is something that he has been wanting to try for quite awhile. He finally had the opportunity when the experience was gifted to him by his children for his latest birthday. I Fly Seattle said that Maury is the oldest customer they have ever served!

Maury is no stranger to thrill seeking.  He took up piloting at age 89 and goes out flying at least once a week. He was even featured a few years back on the Bonnie Hunt Show for his piloting skills.

Before coming to Merrill Gardens at Renton Centre Maury lived in 19 different states while serving in the military for 30 years, worked for Boeing for 16 years, and was married to his beautiful wife for 46 years. Wow! Now he can add skydiving to that impressive list.

Here are some photos from the day – way to go Maury!

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94 year old skydiver

94 year old skydiver

Maury had a blast and the skydiving experience was inspiring to us all. Just goes to show you are never too old to try something new! For a full set of pictures, check out our Facebook page here.

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Merrill Gardens Book Club Choice

This month, we launched our very first online book club. Over the last two weeks, our communities nationwide voted on their book choice for reading and discussion. This week, we announced our winner!

And the winner is…….

‘Wild’ by Cheryl Strayed.

Wild - Cheryl Strayed

What is Wild about?

“A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again. At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she’d lost everything when her mother died young of cancer. Her family scattered in their grief, her marriage was soon destroyed, and slowly her life spun out of control. Four years after her mother’s death, with nothing more to lose, Strayed made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker–indeed, she’d never gone backpacking before her first night on the trail. Her trek was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone. Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and intense loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.”

via http://www.cherylstrayed.com/

Over the next few weeks, you can join us on Facebook to discuss and read Wild together. To comment, click the image below or click here.

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We would love to have you read with us. Happy reading!

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