"We all age and weaken and die. What we are, and are not, is largely a product of the choices we make. We only live once, and most of us don't even do that." On The Wild Edge, David Petersen.
The next posts are from recent fall hikes with Hiker Bobbie, son, Weightlifter Caleb, and daughter-in-law, Zoom-Zoom Kelli.
Caleb and Kelli are co-owners of Osage Beach RV Park at Lake Of The Ozarks, Missouri. Their park sits on a 40 acre ridge-top amongst well-manicured grounds and hardwood forest, and has generously sized sites to maximize privacy and peaceful camping. Their park also borders a State Park, with trails, beach access and boat-ramps for great hiking, swimming and fishing opportunities.
Caleb and Kelli flew in (from near sea level) for 8 days of intense Autumnal Hiking, We crammed in as many miles as we could, mostly above timberline, rising early and venturing into the wild and cold and wind to places they had yet to experience.
It was brutal, but beautiful.
First up, Porphyry Basin, Bullion King Lake to Columbine Lake...
"Perhaps we make our stand along the edge...like a person who, having lived with another tribe, can no longer wholly return to his own. He lingers half within and half outside of his community...then...the shifting voices and flapping forms that crawl and hover beyond the mirrored walls of the city." The Spell of the Sensuous, David Abram.
Oh to be young. Caleb and Kelli showed no ill effects from "altitude!"
Mark and Bobbie...now "on the road" to Somewhere, Utah.