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skinny as a rail (6'2" 168lbs), and
live in San Diego (Pt Loma).
I'll meet someone and it will come out that I am "The DayHiker" of extreme day hiking "fame",
eliciting a typical response: "YOU'RE the DayHiker??" OK,
so I'm don't look like Arnold Schwarzenegger but, then again, I'm
not sure our former famous Governor could hike Mt. Whitney in a day.
My only qualifications for this moniker and self-anointment
grabbed this domain name in the early days of the internet.
done the hikes on this site and written all of the articles.
really like extreme day hiking as a hobby and would like to promote
working in high technology, at lunch some of my fellow engineers
would go running - not me. I didn't
like running or doing anything aerobic that worked up a real sweat. Throughout
my 20's, 30's, and 40's I was a couch potato doing occasional bikes
rides or walks slowly on mostly level ground. With working
and family life it is easy during these frenetic years to delude
oneself that there is not enough time for extensive physical exercise.
at least for me, losing weight has never been an issue. So why "sweat it"? The
answers evolved over the last 15 years. I would like to share with
some thoughts that expand on what is already mentioned on this site. Stay
did my 7th in row San Diego Rock n' Roll Marathon. It hurt.
I don't run much so my "training" for these events is
minimal. I don't like running. I keep hearing about the
"runner's high" and have yet to experience it - I must not be
doing it right.
are 26 reasons to not do a marathon. And only one for doing
it: Keeps me physically honest and ready for an extreme day hike,
anytime, anyplace. I like that. Also, you get a tee-shirt
and a dorky medal. I told my 5-year old granddaughter I won,
showing her the finisher's medal. She's impressed.
goes on Medicare
October 2008 - I get national health care insurance. What this
means is about $400 less per month in insurance premiums. Also
what it means is I turn 65. And to the more poignant point, when
my father turned 65 he was probably in the early stages of Alzheimer's,
from which he died at 75.
So a provocative
question is: Will I get Alzheimer's? I'm guessing not for a
long time. The jury is still out on what causes Alzheimer's but
from what I read lots of daily walking/hiking/running in addition to
eating right and doing new mental stuff and activities is the best
way to prevent or at least defer this insidious
the point of this web site, there is a presidential race going
on with lots of hyperbolic rhetoric about energy alternatives.
My solution is simple: Walk!
Care Debate - August 2009
you are reading this site you are probably less likely to need
expensive health care from self induced conditions like diabetes,
chronic heart disease,
and maladies resulting from smoking. The insurance industry vs
non profit kaiser-like medical services vs a government plan misses
the easy solution: Walk! ... you collect carbon credits
AND life credits. Something for everyone!
a year later ... walking and running, nothing new, just some Grand
Canyon and local long hikes, along with some long city day hikes
in Barcelona (daughter got married there) and day hiking in Buenos
with American Airlines Advantage). Just went to the dentist
today for annual cleaning. I saw my xray's. He
teeth. They are getting smaller." My response, "ah, what can I
do about that?"
says, "nothing, that what happens when you get older." My response,
"oh". Also did two halfs and one full marathon here
in San Diego. One more half marahon to go. I don't like running.
Rather hike. Stay tuned.
January 1, 2013
Happy New Year! So now I am 69. Lots of traveling, hiking and running.
to Egypt November 2011. Wow … great timing, since they
revolted a month later and tourism been impacted since as democracy
has been incubating for the past two years. No hiking but lots of walking
among temples, pyramids, tombs, and other old stuff. Cairo is not a
walkable city. Had to take a cab to cross a busy avenue.
Then just over a year ago we went to China. Amazing what the Communists
ending up doing. And amazing how safe I felt retrieving
my iPad I left on an Chinese airplane seat pocket.
The only exotic, but short, hike was on a small section of the Great
Wall of China.
to Peru a few months ago. Didn’t hike the Inca Trail but
Machu Picchu was great for some day hikes. The are four of them: Sungate
- the eastern entrance to Machu Picchu- and the Inca Bridge - a suspension
draw bridge - are free and no additional reservation required; and
two longer hike to peaks, Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain.
Both are limited to 400 people a day and cost around $65 each. With
some careful planning one could do all 4 in one day.
Also in Peru, and in the exotic day hike category, we traveled to
Lake Titicaca. After a 2.5 hour
boat ride we hiked to 13,300 ft on an island. It was surreal to look down at an ocean-sized body of water at 12,500 ft with other islands in the distance. Kind of like the Greek Islands at high altitude.
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