"Our Hike" by Robin Grapa
After being 3,000 pounds too heavy, having freight cut and shifted, sliding tandems three times and scaling about five times, the CAT scale gave us this readout. I started laughing I was so elated. We’re legal, baby! Whew…

After being 3,000 pounds too heavy, having freight cut and shifted, sliding tandems three times and scaling about five times, the CAT scale gave us this readout. I started laughing I was so elated. We’re legal, baby! Whew…

Enjoying a Montana sunset for my half-hour break.

Enjoying a Montana sunset for my half-hour break.

Stopped home just long enough to get some brand-spankin’ new tires. So new they still have all of their cute little phalanges. Bye-bye, phalanges.

Stopped home just long enough to get some brand-spankin’ new tires. So new they still have all of their cute little phalanges. Bye-bye, phalanges.

35 years of magical life
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Birthday steaks by dad.

It was my birthday last week, and as always, I thought about my years here on this little planet so far. That’s what this post is all about. My past and what I can remember. How much I’ve already done. The places I’ve been and the places I have yet to go.

I first thought about my three trail birthdays (it’s pretty tough to beat a trail birthday, so they’re among my…

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Dust storm’s a’ comin’! Let’s get outta’ here!

A colorful birthday fire in my parent’s backyard. This was after a steak dinner, flower salad and made-from-scratch carrot cake. Yeah…

A colorful birthday fire in my parent’s backyard. This was after a steak dinner, flower salad and made-from-scratch carrot cake. Yeah…

My mom shows me this gorgeous flower in her yard and says, “Here. Pick this and eat it.” I look at her like she’s crazy, but she’s completely serious, so I do it anyway. It tasted like a cross between a hot pepper and a kohlrabi! Totally having these on my garden salad tonight!

My mom shows me this gorgeous flower in her yard and says, “Here. Pick this and eat it.” I look at her like she’s crazy, but she’s completely serious, so I do it anyway. It tasted like a cross between a hot pepper and a kohlrabi! Totally having these on my garden salad tonight!

A wrong way kind of mistake.
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Shiny! Just got a washin’! Finally!

The TA truck stop in Troutdale, Oregon. I’ve been there a couple of times, now. One thing you don’t want to do is turn left when exiting the parking lot. It’s a one-way street with three lanes going to the right.

Guess what I did yesterday morning? Yup. Exactly that. I went the wrong way… on a one-way street… in a freakin’ hard-to-maneuver gigantic semi truck.…

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Time to think. And hike.
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Curled up in my sleeping bag, lazily waking up with warm morning sunshine on my face. I love this too much.

If I were a drifter, a gypsy, a wanderer… I don’t think I’d hit the roads with my thumb out. I’d carry my essentials in a pack, find trails and take my time meandering wilderness, bouncing from one place to sleep to the next. I think about places like this, Jones Spring in northern…

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Look who strolled right through my camp!