Older and Slower:  Perils and Pleasures on the PCT

This blog originally appeared on The Trek and you can read it here. As the dry spring advances into what will surely be a hot, dry summer in California, one of the greatest perils I’ve seen on this trail is the combination of hotter temperatures and a lack of natural water sources.  Day by day, … Continue reading Older and Slower:  Perils and Pleasures on the PCT

A Meandering Older Hiker Crosses The PCT Hundred Mile Mark: Firsts and Lessons Learned

This article originally appeared on The Trek and you can read it here. I passed the 100 mile mark on the PCT, and it was a real thrill! I was alone, so I danced and sang and celebrated this huge small victory. I took silly photos, and even made a video for my grandkids. I have … Continue reading A Meandering Older Hiker Crosses The PCT Hundred Mile Mark: Firsts and Lessons Learned

LOOKING IN THE MIRROR…

I looked in the mirror this morning, pausing for the first time in a long time to see my 70 year-old self looking back at me. With the inevitable lines and wrinkles mapping out a life fully lived, gray-streaked hair which the pandemic's lack of salon access has forced into my consciousness, the visible scars from cancer, … Continue reading LOOKING IN THE MIRROR…

Spectacular Snow! A Training Hike on Mt. Pierce, NH

As I recover use of my damaged ankle and prepare for the PCT, I am doing easy re-conditioning hikes to some of my favorite mountains. I've now hiked Mt. Pierce (4,311 feet) 40 times, more than any other New Hampshire 4,000 footer. Because I was hiking solo, I was able to dawdle to my heart's … Continue reading Spectacular Snow! A Training Hike on Mt. Pierce, NH

Maybe We’ll Make It

Maybe we’ll make it—Pacific Crest Trail version **(With thanks to Judith Viorst, Poet extrodinaire, for the original version of “Maybe we’ll make it”.) Having 13 hours in the car today as we drove west from New Hampshire toward California, my idle mind turned to a loved and remembered poem from many years ago--the original "Maybe … Continue reading Maybe We’ll Make It