How I Hike Alone When the Trails Are So Crowded

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It was difficult squeezing into the El Nogal parking lot this October Holiday Sunday. How then to get away from the crowd? Not difficult really. I hiked a couple of miles and saw only six people, most of them near … Read More

Therapy Hikes for this Old Geezer

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Between my more strenuous hikes I take some easier ones to keep the body’s joints greased. The hikes shake out the kinks in my get-alongs. And sort of keep me in shape for the heartier hikes. So, after my San … Read More

Dogs, Dogs, Dogs on the Santa Barbara Trail

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Another day on the Santa Barbara Trail, USFS Trail #24. And more dogs. Eric and I met three dogs (and their owners) on a great day-hike on the Santa Barbara, one of our all time favorite trails. First we encountered … Read More

Another Doggie Day on the South Boundary Trail

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So Eric and I are out for a leisurely stroll up the South Boundary Trail to have lunch and chat. Beautiful day for it. Then we bump into Joni MacCracken and her dog, Myrtle. She says, “Yes, we’ve met on … Read More

What’s Not to Love about the Love of a Dog!

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Yep, we have a trail dog. Stanzi is getting good at trail behavior. And as soon as we are sure she will come when called, regardless of distractions, we will feel completely comfortable with her on our hikes. She’s not … Read More

Three Reasons to Keep On Hiking as I Approach Ninety

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We have 613 miles of trails in our Carson National Forest, most of which are within a few minutes drive of my front door. Virtually all are only a little over an hour away. And these trails range in difficulty … Read More

Amazing dogs you meet on the Trail! And their owners more amazing!

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This one for instance! Hiking with nine dogs!!? My hiking buddy, Brandon, and I came across this motley group on our way out of the Williams Lake Trail on June 30. Fascinating folks.  They said they were not old friends, … Read More

What Can We Geezers Learn About Dying?

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  At my age, the realization of how few days I have left reminds me daily of how perishable this body is. While I doubt there are many who’ve more belief in a spiritual afterlife than me, I still wonder if … Read More

Poodles on a Get-Acquainted Hike

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Our Poodles Meet, Greet and Romp.   Saturday John and Gwen, Joy and me took our pups on the Santa Barbara Trail. They loved it. On a warm spring day like this what’s not to love? Water high in the … Read More

Tips for Geezers to Age Gracefully While Hiking

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I’m another year older and it’s a bit more difficult to step along with my wife and friend. She’s younger by 18 years and he by 30. So I just lag along behind while they amble on ahead, chatting it up.   … Read More

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