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

Practicing Attention While Hiking

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 Gaining Control of My Attention I learned an exercise on the first day of the first session of a class I took twenty-seven years ago that changed my life. I’ve been practicing this exercise daily ever since. It has given … 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

Geezer Backpacking

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I’m an Old Guy Backpacker It is really about how much I love the backcountry. I’m 87 years old and still backpacking. I’m making my camp in my favorite Ponderosa pine forest during the full moon. I try to do a backpacking … Read More

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