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

Evolution – Fact OR Theory? The Turkey?

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Evolution Questions on our Hike As I view trees, flowers, bushes, insects, deer, elk, rabbits, chippers out on the trail, and especially their tracks, I often wonder how they manage to survive. Just today when Kenn and I were hiking the … Read More

My Big Questions About “Time”

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Adults Thought I Was Nuts! Whenever I brought up my “big questions” as a youngster, people left the conversation for a “more interesting” subject. Some though, were more direct, gave me a weird look and asked, “Why’d you want to know?” When … Read More

Geezer Backpacking

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I’m an Old Guy Backpacker It is really about how much I love the backcountry. I’m 87 years old and still backpacking. I’m making my camp in my favorite Ponderosa pine forest during the full moon. I try to do a backpacking … Read More

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