Heal Back Aches Very Slowly At 89

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Most of my followers know I haven’t been on the trail for several weeks. I’ve been recuperating from sciatic nerve issues in my tissues. I mean major paralyzing pains up and down my legs, back and neck. Could barely walk … Read More

Why Hike?

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A lot of young people mean well. They want to “help” us geezers by telling us we look younger than we are. Or that we can still do things we once did when we were younger. But what a set-up for failure! … Read More

Backpackerbill on Crutches?

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My hiking companion, Brandon, takes a few minutes before we start hiking to stretch his legs and torso.  And he does them when we complete our hike. I wait patiently. I have a set of stretching exercises that are much … Read More

Geezer Tortoise-Hike Today

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There are days! Feeling so sluggish I didn’t want to get up. It’s Saturday, so why bother trying? Sure don’t feel like hiking.  Don’t even feel like getting second cup of coffee. I’m retired, so what difference will it make … Read More

Hiking With My Dallas Buddies

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I can’t believe they’d drive all the way from Dallas — for just two days of hiking. But they do love to hike! They wanted to see the new smokejumpers bridge in the Santa Barbara canyon. So, of course.   … Read More

How I Hike Alone When the Trails Are So Crowded

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It was difficult squeezing into the El Nogal parking lot this October Holiday Sunday. How then to get away from the crowd? Not difficult really. I hiked a couple of miles and saw only six people, most of them near … Read More

Smokejumpers Build New Hikers’ Bridge to Pecos High Country

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  Hikers can now cross the West Fork of the Santa Barbara River with dry feet because brain surgeon Jim Schmidt drove all the way from Portland, Oregon and with six other volunteers sawed, chiseled, hammered and bolted together logs … Read More

What’s Missing On Our Long Trails?

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Thanks to Congress and to God we have eleven National Trails, ten besides the Appalachian Trail. They were set aside for hiker in 1968 — 18,000 miles of foot trails, all told. The Appalachian Trail is the only one that … Read More

Spirituality I Find in Hiking

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I had spiritual experiences while I was on a seven-month mountain climbing adventure. I didn’t quite understand this at the time.   So, suddenly back in the city, I missed seeing the moon and getting up at sunrise in the … Read More

God Can Be Found Outdoors! Really?

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I guess I am just plain lucky. I grew up loving the outdoors. I spent as much time as possible out there. In my old age ‘back then’ was when . . . there were no telephones or radios in our homes. So … Read More

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