An Early Early Spring Hike

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The other day we had a truly by-golly spring day after several days warm enough to melt much of the snow at our altitude.  Warm, sunny bright, better-be-outdoors day! My prayer book that day had this appropriate advice: Live outdoors … 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

Edge of Taos Desert Hike

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It’s supposed to begin snowing at four. I have an hour and a half to stay out here beside our cabin writing until then. I want to take advantage of every minute of it. I took my two-mile hike this … 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

Hiking with My Dog Tessa

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  Tessa’s a Man’s Dream. She loves being with me almost as much as she loves hiking. When I lie in bed a little late, Tessa jumps in and licks my face to tell me it’s time to go hiking. She … Read More

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