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

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

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

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