Baby Boomers are aging. This large generation, born to the Greatest or the Silent Generation and preceding Generation X, are defined as those born between 1946 to 1964. We came of age during the Vietnam War and the era of Civil Rights in the United States. We remember JFK Assassination and President Nixon’s resignation during … Continue reading Walking “toward the Cliff” Boomers
I normally walk a 15 minute mile. Slower if I am climbing. The pace is fast, but works well, or at least it always has. Within the last year, my heart rate has continued to increase when I exercise. Now a 15 minute mile would be like running a marathon for me with a heart … Continue reading Limitations and Pivots
Cancellation. Frustration. After waiting four months for my appointment to hopefully get answers from a physician – or least reassurance – for this rapid beating heart, it was cancelled five days before the trip to Denver National Jewish Health. I lost it. Cried on the phone with the scheduler. Ugly cry and how can this … Continue reading Maybe….Disappointment. Devastation.
After a four month break from hiking and writing, I am finally back in Colorado. Perhaps this new physician will find the reason for my inability to hike at altitude without a racing heart rate. Hopeful. Cautiously hopeful. My last walk in Texas is at Fabish Park outside of Brownwood. This 100 year old pecan … Continue reading Walking at Fabulous Fabish
“One’s most effective work can grow out of first learning to do nothing well.” Backpacking with the Saints, Belden Lane P. 215 Americans only see ourselves as productive if our calendars are full and we are really busy. The pandemic hit this notion hard when we learned that the world did not revolve around our … Continue reading Resting Well
Five of the six days of our Montana road trip were beautiful – warm, sunny, no rain to speak of. Perfect weather for exploring. And we did take … Montana road trip, part III: First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park & Gates of the Mountains
The Silence of Nature allows reflection. Not matter how challenging today is with all the stress of disease, money, war and politics, I can be still in nature, and think about similar times in the past when I was much younger. I reflect on my peace, not because I have retired, but because I have … Continue reading Abilene Reflection
Hiking is part of my identity. It is how I exercise, explore the world, and see God. For the last six months of 2021, I was struggling with not being able to breathe when I hiked or climbed. Even though my hiking was limited, I pressed forward. More and more doctors and and more and … Continue reading Awakening Hiking
Writing for the first time in four months at the end of December 2022 is surreal. The autumn was filled with trips to Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks on trips with family and friends. But very little hiking , more strolling and sauntering. My health challenges continued to challenge my hiking trips and yet no … Continue reading And so this is Christmas…..
We scheduled a two-day retreat at ‘TK Ranch’ south of Breckinridge, Texas. Who know so many towns in Colorado have the same names in Texas towns but with a very different look? Breckinrideg: Ranch versus mountain town. The beautiful Bunkhouse had three private bedrooms with bath and slept 12 people. (Available through VRBO). There were … Continue reading Ranch Retreat and Ranch Repeat