That Which We Have Walked

You’re walking. And you don’t always realize it But you’re always falling With each step, you fall forward slightly And then catch yourself from falling. Laurie Anderson in Walking and Falling Like most infants my twin daughters were about a year old when they started to walk. I remember those moments well, for they remainContinue reading “That Which We Have Walked”

Getting to the Tops of Things

On Climbing the Sierra Matterhorn after Thirty-One Years Range after range of mountains Year after year after year. I am still in love. Gary Snyder The summer between my junior and senior year of college I took a mountaineering class. I needed one more physical education credit to graduate the following spring, and climbing mountainsContinue reading “Getting to the Tops of Things”

One Step at a Time, One Stitch at a Time

That’s it, I guess. Just go on living, whether you feel like it or not. Anton Chekhov My readers will not be surprised to learn that I have a life apart from hiking, though my hiking life will always be the axis around which everything else revolves. Still, the winters are long where I live.Continue reading “One Step at a Time, One Stitch at a Time”

Something to Touch and Hold

(I)t’s nice to have something you can hold and actually touch. 9-Year old Lucia Olson, speaking of her neighborhood newspaper When I first started hiking alone in my early twenties, I was much more miserly about the weight of my pack than I would become in future years on the trail. Equipment was substantially heavierContinue reading “Something to Touch and Hold”