Backpacking Memories of Oh-Be-Joyful Dave Sumner

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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

Boomer Hikers Enjoying the Santa Barbara Trail

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Yesterday my friend, Dennis Robins, and I hiked into the first stream-crossing on the West Fork of the trail, had lunch and were ambling back out. We bumped into a bouncy bunch of Boomers out for a Labor Day Weekend of … Read More

Out-of-Body-Experience in the Woods?

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A Strange Thing Happened —  one day a few years ago while I was hiking. My listening was opened wide. I was hearing the wind in the trees and the crunch of my boots on the grit of the trail. Then, for a fleeting … Read More

Out of the Wind – Into the Woods

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I Want to Be Alone! I usually have the trails to myself in winter when most outdoors folks have strapped on their skis for downhilling at our awesome Taos Ski Valley or cross-countrying at the Enchanted Forest. So of course I … Read More

Sat-chit-ananda In the Wilderness

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Satchitananda?   . . .  is the Eastern philosophical term for the reality beyond sense perception. Satchitananda is comprised of three Sanskrit words — sat, chit and ananda.  In English — being, consciousness and bliss. That’s pretty much in agreement with Western … Read More

The Wilderness of the Mind

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I was sitting in a large auditorium with a hundred or so other students, listening to a lecture on philosophy by a remarkable professor, when I realized there wasn’t a thing in that room that was “natural.”   I searched … Read More

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