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  •  It sounds like a wonderfully interesting hike; (1+ / 0-)
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    KenBee

    I'll bet you could get scores of enthusiasts on the trail with you if so many of us didn't have bad knees and too many decades on us!

    I'm glad "Pennsylvania" is meaningful... and apologies, Rich, for misspelling your name in the previous comment.

    •  I go by either. . . (1+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest

      Rich, Rick, Richard, and I won't even say what my mom used to call me! Anyway, as long as I stave off heavy duty hiking/walking, I think the VA docs are not going to do the cut thing on my knees. So, I bike and try and get in about 10K miles a year (this neck of the Southwest neighborhood allows for it even thru the winter months). Anyway I sometimes miss the backcountry and backpacking days. Then again, I've been doing that sort of adventure for about 40 years and bodies will eventually wear parts out. Still, I plan on a trek up the La Luz trail (here in the Sandias) next month and see if I still have my sea legs, as it were. I've met hikers in the 80s who were still going strong. Gives me hope you know?

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 05:35:52 AM PDT

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      •  That's terrific, and most admirable -- (0+ / 0-)

        I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time... then you can tell us all about it!

        I had an uncle who was a climber, mostly in the Sierras -- had a string of first ascents to his credit, and he had many stories to tell such as being twice struck by lightning as he clung to cliffs during storms. He wrote one of the chapters in the Sierra Club's very first book, IIRC. He didn't climb into his eighties, but he went walking every day, and lived to be over ninety!

        •  it's not the age that counts. . . (1+ / 0-)
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          but the aging process, is that it? He sounds like my kind of adventuresome guy. And a writer for the very first Sierra Club book. That's quite something. Doubt there'll be a diary in it, this fist long and up-terrain hike to test the sea legs. Meanwhile, thanks for posting the enticing commentary. I used to climb, but no more. It was the lightening that scared the pants off me. And that sort of thing is bound to happen when you're climbing granitic giants.

          Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

          by richholtzin on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 08:39:10 AM PDT

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          •  He started climbing in the '20s or '30s, (0+ / 0-)

            eventually lived in Truckee, near Lake Tahoe. Hiked and climbed all summer, frequently stayed with my folks near LA while he earned a few months winter wages doing woodworking and carpentry. He often said he never did any work he didn't want to do... he was very self-sufficient and could live on almost nothing!

            Fortunately when his appendix went bad he was in LA, not by himself hundreds of miles into the wilderness....

            The first time he was struck by lightning he was, as usual, hanging onto the cliff by his fingernails (he climbed alone, without ropes) and woke up with rain pelting down on him where he'd fallen onto a narrow ledge. He had a scar on one eye where the lightning supposedly hit him; the scar eventually came off and he could see again.

            One evening he watched a flying saucer settle down just over the hill where he was settling down to sleep; took a look the next morning and saw the grass all crushed down in a big circle... as you can imagine, we kids found his stories quite amazing! I wish he'd done more writing!

            •  amazing stories, yes. . . (1+ / 0-)
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              RiveroftheWest

              but it sounds like you've got the makings of a DKos diary targeted at our community's history buffs. . .so when's the first installment you'll be posting, RiveroftheWest? You're on the hot seat now, I'm thinking!!!

              Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

              by richholtzin on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 11:00:45 AM PDT

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              •  I dunno, Rich; as a historian I think I'd need (0+ / 0-)

                a bit more verification for Uncle Art's stories! Some of them veer more towards "fiction", though I must say he always told them with what seemed total sincerity!

                •  well, I have a retort for that. . . (1+ / 0-)
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                  RiveroftheWest

                  politicians typically tell us stories they claim are true, which most of the stories are fabrications. . .so what's a bit of fun and fudging if you ever do write about Uncle Art's stories, with a bit of florid description and maybe a bit embellishment here and there. Think on that, why don't you. Anyway, he sure sounds like a character; a good sort, too.

                  Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

                  by richholtzin on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 11:51:19 AM PDT

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