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

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

Arabian Nights on the Subway

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My daughter Katie took me on an exotic tour of the world within The City! We went to New Delhi, Rome, Athens, Cairo and Shanghai — all by subway train! And without a doubt, New York, New York is a great … Read More

Three-mile Hike In the Rio Grande Gorge

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We took an easy, round-trip hike on one of our most beautiful trails. Great time of day to hike. We went early in the morning to be sure we would be back in time for Brandon’s appointment. We three, me, … Read More

A Good, and Maybe the ONLY, History of Hiking in America

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BackpackerBill’s Take on a New Hikers’ Book On the Trail: A History of American Hiking  by Silas Chamberlin Even though it’s a “history,” the guy writes very entertaining stories of hikers pioneering the way. And it is factually correct!  How do I know?  Simple. … 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

Out of the Wind – Into the Woods

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I Want to Be Alone! I usually have the trails to myself in winter when most outdoors folks have strapped on their skis for downhilling at our awesome Taos Ski Valley or cross-countrying at the Enchanted Forest. So of course I … 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

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