Edge of Taos Desert Hike

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It’s supposed to begin snowing at four. I have an hour and a half to stay out here beside our cabin writing until then. I want to take advantage of every minute of it. I took my two-mile hike this … Read More

No Greater Joy

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There is no greater joy for me than being here. When I was very young I occasionally had this idea that I’d really enjoy life in my old age. Well, guess what, that is exactly what’s happening.  I’ve never been … Read More

Practicing Attention While Hiking

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 Gaining Control of My Attention I learned an exercise on the first day of the first session of a class I took twenty-seven years ago that changed my life. I’ve been practicing this exercise daily ever since. It has given … Read More

First Big Snowfall in Taos

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There was only one other vehicle in the trailhead this morning, October 19. It is my first hike after the first big snowfall of the year. I am always amazed at how many hardy hikers there are out here and how … Read More

Who is it Who Comes to Attention?

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Who, Me?   I’ve written before about how hiking trains me to come to attention. Today I’d like to get a bit philosophical and ask a dumb question: “When we come to attention, just who is it that comes to attention?” … Read More

Old Dodderers in the Backcountry

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We Must Have Been a Sight! We old dodderers can’t stop taking to the woods. My nephew Kenn Petsch is my favorite hiking companion. We have hiked dozens of times in the Grand Canyon, doing it just about end to end … Read More

Hiking’s Great Gift – Attention

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Being Present as We Hike I have learned more about how my mind works from hiking than was ever mentioned in the bevy of psychology courses I took at university. “Attention” is the most important. I mean, where you give your … Read More

Why I Hike Alone (with my dog)

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  Hiking Spirituality There are fewer out-of-state license plates at the trailhead and it’s too cold for pine nut pickers. Ordinarily we think of November 1 as the first day of winter in the Southwest, and expect snow at any … Read More

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