WADHAMS-Almost every day, Donald Taylor spends 20 minutes on his stationary bicycle and then works on his arms with a pulley device near his bedroom door.
A nice workout for any man half his age.
Which, by the way, would be 50.
Taylor, who turns 100 on April 30, still enjoys being outside and working on his brush hog, mowing and collecting wood.
"I like to be up in the woods," Taylor said. "I still do my own mowing and I have a brush hog on my tractor that I use to clear things. I was cutting last year for the winter, but I gave up using the chain saw this year."
However, he still has his wheelbarrow, which he uses to transport the wood into his house in Wadhams, the one that both he and his father were born in.
Growing up, Taylor said that his earliest memory was being burned by water that spilled out of a teapot when he was 2 years old.
"I would cry every time the doctor came up the driveway to change my dressings," he said.
Along with working outdoors, Taylor also enjoys time in nature as a hunter, getting his last deer at the age of 93.
"I started in a age 16 or 17, maybe even a little before then - the rules weren't quite like they are now," Taylor said. "I'm the only one left of my hunting party."
Taylor said that he got his first deer - a 13-point buck - in his teens near the Lincoln Pond Dam.
Another of Taylor's trophies - an eight-point buck he bagged in 1933 - was the second-rated rack of its size in the state of New York for many years.
Another outdoor passion for Taylor started when a group of gentlemen spent the night at a hotel in Wadhams.
"They were playing horseshoes, and me and a friend were watching them practice," Taylor said. "After that, we went home and made our own stakes in the back yard and played the entire day. I guess you could say that I got bit by the horseshoe bug."
Numerous trophies and awards line a shelf in his living room, detailing his exploits as a horseshoe player.
However, there is one particular rivalry that Taylor always remembers.
"We were over in Vermont competing, and there was this girl," Taylor said. "It took me four times to beat her."
Along with being an avid outdoorsman, Taylor also could help liven up any party with his trusted fiddle.
"I really enjoyed the music when I was young," Taylor said. "I would play for the square dances. I enjoyed that. I would take my fiddle everywhere."
Taylor said that often, at the end of the meetings at the Wadhams Grange Hall, he and some friends would tune their instruments and play for the dances that always followed the meetings.
"The kids from Westport would always show up just as the meeting was ending," he said. "I would tune the fiddle up and we would play for the dance."
Taylor said that he appreciates the music of his generation. "This modern music, I can't get much into," he said.
Taylor said that he has enjoyed everything that he has been able to do and accomplish over the past century, which he believes is behind his longevity.
"You gotta look at the bright side of things instead of the dark side," Taylor said. "Don't go around with a chip on your shoulder. It's better to have something to laugh at."