110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Jen Horton
posted Dec 9, 2013 - 2:22:46pm
In the early 1990s, David Watson set out to build a canoe. He completed it, and let someone else have it. Watson said the canoe go away from him.
So, about 10 years later he built another one.
"That one got away from me, too," Watson said. "So now, 10 years later, I'm building a third one, and this one I'm going to keep."
Watson will be 85 in December. He's a resident of Florida Lutheran Retirement Center.
The facility has a workshop, and Watson makes frequent use of it.
"I'm a retired bricklayer, and instead of sitting around twiddling my thumbs, I like to do woodworking. A canoe takes some time," he said. "A canoe will take you three months if you’re in a hurry. I have an air-conditioned workshop here, so I'm in no hurry."
When Watson’s not in the workshop, he and his wife, Suzanne, travel.
"We've only been married 14 years," he said. "When we got married, she'd never ridden a motorcycle."
At age 71, the newlywed Watson and his bride hopped on a Honda Goldwing motorcycle, and rode 7,000 miles in seven weeks.
"We went all up around Nova Scotia," Watson said. "We got home from that tour, and she wanted to know where we were going next."
Corpus Christi was their next destination; they put another 4,000 miles or so on that motorcycle.
The couple also traveled to Hawaii (not by motorcycle), and this year, took the train to Vancouver, Canada, driving down through California before returning to DeLand.
"We do enjoy traveling. We really enjoy seeing the United States," Watson said.
And, Watson will enjoy putting some miles on his canoe, exploring the water.
"Lot's of people have asked me, 'What are you going to do with that when you're done?’" Watson said. "Well, I'm gonna paddle it."
For more information about Florida Lutheran Retirement Center, visit good-sam.com.
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