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Saturday, April 17, 2021

A "Trust Your Shoes" Hike With Outdoor Enthusiasts Roger and Cary

The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost

Sometimes it's a tough call, deciding which hike or bike to take someone you've never met in person. Over the years we've lost "association" with more than a few "friends," not to mention, a couple of relatives, by subjecting them to underestimated rigors involved with certain destinations. 
Hopefully that wasn't the case with Roger and Cary.

Roger and Cary have been around the far-flung "outdoor" block and back a few times...many destinations familiar with us, others still a hope and prayer dream. At our age, time is more and more an issue (sigh). Better get on it...

It's fun to share outdoor experiences with like-minded people in our age bracket, active seniors willing to stretch the comfort zone a little and undaunted by life's what-ifs and inherent risk-factors. 

It didn't seem to bother them that it took me a few miles to thread the needle of a previous route that wanders across the "slabs" and through "the loaves." After a few dead-ends, a couple of backtracks and blind scouting forays, I finally got our location icon to align with a previous hike to the same destination. Actually, Roger and Cary were happy enough without a destination, thrilled enough just to be wandering someplace new and unique. Our kind of people.

Ultimately, we did find the route I was looking for, a "trust your shoes" hike that gets the ole adrenalized blood to pumping.

Lunch spot with a view...

Though not shown well in the above photo, the shear 100 foot drop to Roger's right still makes my palms sweat.

Just another beautiful day in the neighborhood.

All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Peace out,
Mark and Bobbie


  1. That sheer drop beneath a sloping sandstone slab: You would not be able to coax me across that. Kudos to your friends.

  2. This post's photos were zoomed-in more-so than other posts, fabulous rocks and views. Almost like I was there, sharing with y'all. Thank you!

  3. Thanks for the great write up on our intro hike with you two. Want more. Game for more. Still at Mc Dowell bike riding. Cary

  4. Thanks Mark & Bobbie for sharing this piece of your 3-dimensional sandstone playground with us...a great day.

  5. I think you can guess where I would have turned back!
    Nice that Roger and Cary were game for trusting their shoes with you.

  6. I made them sign "Release From Liability" papers before going :)


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