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

Three Geezers Take a Hike

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Okay, we admit it.  We three old dodderers are having more fun than we deserve — at any age.   There is a thirty year difference from our youngest, 58-year-old Brandon and our oldest, 88-year -old me.  Glenn-in-the-middle, just grins and puts … Read More

How to Develop a Geezer Hiking Habit

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The very best exercise for health and happiness in our later years is walking.  And better even than walking is hiking. It is a pleasant way to keep a variety of muscles limber and strong for better balance to catch … Read More

Contemplative Hiking

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Back when I launched Backpacker magazine, I tried to include a piece about the spiritual side of nature in every issue.  My first issue carried a piece by Colin Fletcher about his immersion in the spiritual side of his historic end-to-end Grand Canyon … Read More

Geezer Meditation

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After 58 years of daily meditation I’m still learning.  I discovered something this morning about staying in deep stillness. I usually meditate after showering and having my coffee and a leisurely chat with my wife. I also meditate again just before going … Read More

Another Spiritual Practice for Thinking Geezers

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It is all about how you give your attention! Here is a spiritual practice while hiking that keeps the mind centered. I do the practice at other times as well. For instance it was useful when I walked my dog at other times during … Read More

More Tips for Geezers to Avoid Falling

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“You are younger today than you will ever be again. Make use of it for the sake of tomorrow.” (Anonymous) As I trudged up the Divisidero Trail yesterday the thought occurred to me. Yes, I saw that hiking has had a … Read More

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

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