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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.