Molly O Troutman — Memorial Services

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My daughter, Molly O Troutman, died on November 12, 2015. Molly’s  memorial services were held at the Kanuga Inn in Hendersonville, North Carolina on June 25, 2016. Her siblings put together one of the most touching memorial celebrations I’ve ever … Read More

What’s Not to Love about the Love of a Dog!

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Yep, we have a trail dog. Stanzi is getting good at trail behavior. And as soon as we are sure she will come when called, regardless of distractions, we will feel completely comfortable with her on our hikes. She’s not … Read More

Six Steps to More Spirituality In Your Hiking

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There’s a lot of talk these days about yoga, meditation, karma and such. Most is good, I am sure. But, I wonder how many hikers realize just how spiritual your hiking can be? I began toying with meditation and spiritual … Read More

Another Welcome Hiker!

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Amanda Machado adds her voice to the growing chorus of women of color claiming their place in the rugged outdoors. via Women of Color Are Blazing New Paths on Old Trails — Longreads

Three Reasons to Keep On Hiking as I Approach Ninety

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We have 613 miles of trails in our Carson National Forest, most of which are within a few minutes drive of my front door. Virtually all are only a little over an hour away. And these trails range in difficulty … Read More

Oh-Be-Joyful Dave Sumner – Backpacking Geezer Memories

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Maroon Bells Wilderness. One of my all-time favorite backpacking areas! I spent oh-so-many days and nights out in the Colorado Rocky Mountains with my good friend, Dave Sumner. The night air is brisk and morning sunshine sparkling! Dave was the Rocky … Read More

Amazing dogs you meet on the Trail! And their owners more amazing!

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This one for instance! Hiking with nine dogs!!? My hiking buddy, Brandon, and I came across this motley group on our way out of the Williams Lake Trail on June 30. Fascinating folks.  They said they were not old friends, … Read More

Geezer Hiking When We Least Feel Like It!

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Geezers like me often have a lot of drag on the “get-up-and-go.” More than we did when we were young buckaroos. This old geezer has many-drags on his “get-up-and-go ‘ because of his meds. I have four medications that are … Read More

More Things I Learned from the Dying

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My best friend, Lou Perez, was a physician who often said, “You never know what’s going to happen in the next fifteen minutes.” And some of what he meant is that we might not get a chance to do anything … Read More

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