Conventional wisdom tells us to travel while we are young and healthy enough to get around to see the wonders of the world.
Turns out, that ain’t necessarily true.
Have you heard about Ralph White’s great adventures?
“In the last 22 months, Ralph B. White’s meticulously logged schedule shows trips to the mountains of Nepal, the Australian outback, the China-Mongolia border, a Rwandan volcano, Iceland, Benin and the waters off Zanzibar.”
“Ask White’s buddies at the Adventurers’ Club of Los Angeles and they’ll tell you this itinerary could threaten the health of any other thrill-seeker.”
“But White’s stamina is not an issue.”
You see, Ralph is actually DEAD!
Ralph died on February 4, 2008, at the age of 66, and his ashes have been traveling ever since.
“Instead of a bucket list, he’s got an ash log.”
Ralph planted the idea in an email to a friend when asked what he wanted written on his tombstone; Ralph answered,
“Ralph White is not here. He’s scattered around the world.”
As to some of the “technicalities” on the process,
“It is possible that some laws have been overlooked in the course of these travels. Rather than deal with red tape around the world, Lopes says, many of White’s friends and family members have scattered his ashes informally or downright furtively.”
If you read the whole story at the L.A. Times, you will learn that Ralph was quite the traveler, in his own right.
As to his “afterlife,” all I can say is, GO RALPH GO!