Adventures in hiking…

Hiking Late in Life – Piece of Cake

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We started hiking around the time I turned 50.  As a Baby Boomer, I’ve heard the term “late-bloomer” used when someone does something later than normal in life. So now you know why I named my blog  thelatebloomerhiker 

Living in crazy California certainly made it easier to get out and enjoy the numerous trails available.  After a few times out, I was hooked.  The freedom and fresh air were awesome. Within a year, I did a four-day trek into beautiful Yosemite.  This trip was with Marines who were half my age, and the hardest physical challenge in recent memory.  While in the Sierras I discovered how much I loved camping in the backcountry.  A couple of years later, I convinced my bride of thirty-one years to go with me for a 70-mile journey along the John Muir Trail.  It was an experience that we will never forget.

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For awhile, I was impressed with my ability to venture out and hike above 10,000 ft. with a 40lb pack on my back.  Then, I started running across people who were at least 20 yrs older than me.  My ego was level-set after a few encounters with these senior citizens.  Physical disabilities aside, I discovered that hiking is one of those things that doesn’t have an age limit.  From toddlers in backpacks to an 80-year-old Japanese man on Mt. Baldy,  I’ve seen some amazing people.   To date, the most impressive hiker was a blind senior citizen on Mount Cuyamaca.     Basically, if you can walk and have a fair sense of balance, then you can hike.

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So, for the rest of you Late Bloomers, shake off the nay-sayers and hit the trail.  You will be glad that you did.

2 responses

  1. 2 Foot Adventures

    Great post! I’m so glad you guys are still getting out and enjoying the backcountry and meeting amazing inspiring individuals. It’s true, the backcountry has no age limits! Hoping I’ll run across you guys up here in the Sierras again 😀

    Mary/Pillsbury PCT 2014 at Kearsarge Pass

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    January 8, 2017 at 9:02 pm

  2. Beautiful photos. I’m envious of your trip on the JMT. I’d love to do a section of it one day.

    January 9, 2017 at 3:20 pm

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