Retirement never looked so good at the Incredible Age Expo

Posted at 6:27 PM, Apr 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-01 20:40:52-04

The Baby Boomer generation is hitting the age of retirement leaving many questioning what now, what next?

Hopefully, some of those questions were answered at Saturday's Incredible Age Expo.

We're all working toward the milestone of one day being able to retire. When that day comes, have you thought about what you will do with all that extra, free time? Doing more of what you love may easily come to mind.

"We live near a pond. So, we have a kayak," says Scott McKelvey, a former franchise owner. "We have paddle boards and our dogs swim."

His wife Eva, who just retired on Wednesday, chimes in, "So, we get out there."

The Great Outdoors is a draw for many aging Idahoans. Something you may not have thought of is a versatile 'sit on top" kayak that's unsinkable. Water craft experts say if you can ride a bike, you can get around in the water on it.

"The smaller ones roll up to about this big [he gestures]. So, you could literally put that in a pack and hike some place if you wanted to," says Ray Schuler with Alpenglow Idaho. "There's so many applications out there from the avid recreationalist, to fishermen, to someone who just likes to float the Boise River but doesn't want to do it in a tube."

For the McKelvey's, both now retired at age 57, it's exciting to explore options. While volunteering their time in some way tops their list, they now have plenty of ideas to work with.

"A lot of it is just realizing that there are a whole lot of people in the same boat we are and that maybe we could find some things that we hadn't thought about doing but want to try," Scott McKelvey concludes.

The average age of retirement in Idaho is 63, according to U.S. Census Bureau Labor Force data from 2015.