And Then There Are Dogs!!

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Today the Italiano Trail with my friend Eric Stamberger. What do you know? We ran into more dogs and their trail companions.   Here’s Rick & Maggie from Albuquerque with their boss dog, Rosie.   And today Italiano was getting lots … Read More

Dog-Walking on Taos Trails – Everywhere!

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It seems walking dogs on our numerous trails around Taos is “what we do.” We hike and we take our dogs along, My wife, Joy, and I had fun meeting dog-walking hikers on a real easy trail along the river by the El … Read More

Geezer Backpackers’ Spiritual Vibrations

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My Wise Mentor My paternal grandfather was the least educated, but the wisest one in our family. Granddad was a born seer. With but a third-grade education he nonetheless knew the art of meditation. He’d spend time in daily contemplation, emptying his … Read More

My Best Friend and Hiking Partner Is Gone

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It came so so suddenly without the least bit of warning. My dog, Tessa, was such an integral part of all I did every day. She was in the prime of her life, healthy, spunky, so well-behaved and appreciative of everything we did … Read More

Geezer Hiking When Other Hikers Pass Us By

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I’s Now OK That Hikers Pass Me On the Trail    I intended to hike the six-mile loop on the most popular mountain trail in this area today. It starts out steeply from the trailhead. And after a few hundred yards I … Read More

Putting Spirituality into Everyday Life

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Our Daily Hike Yesterday I did a five-mile hike with Tessa.  We climbed a thousand feet in snow up the side of a mountain. We were only the second ones on the trail. The first was a grey-haired woman with … 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

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