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Fall Hiking Vacation - Part 4, Northern Arizona

Thursday, October 23, 2014      22 comments

The last stop on my big trip was Page, Arizona. Here is a picture of Lake Powell as I headed towards Page from Southern Utah. I planned to hike two "slot canyons" wh... Read more

Fall Hiking Vacation - Part 3 Southern Utah

Wednesday, October 15, 2014      17 comments

After I left Bryce Canyon, I left for Page, Arizona (on the Arizona-Utah border). As I drove, I made several more hikes along the road in Southern Utah. Close to Bryce Canyon, a hiked for a short period in Red Canyon, Utah. Here are a couple ... Read more

Fall Hiking Vacation - Part 2, Bryce Canyon

Wednesday, October 15, 2014      22 comments

After 2 days of great hiking with my son and his family in the Grand Tetons, I headed on to Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah. I spent 2 days hiking there (about 19 miles total) in some of the most beautiful scenery I've ever been aro... Read more

Fall Hiking Vacation - Part 1, Grand Tetons

Monday, October 13, 2014      21 comments

I just got back from a fantastic 2-week hiking vacation in Wyoming, Utah, and Arizona. Today I'll share some of the stories and pictures from the first stop - Grand Tetons National Park in Wyoming. I met my son and his family there for a few d... Read more

Not a Good Week at the Ranch...

Friday, August 29, 2014      21 comments

What a week! I went to the ranch this week to get in three days of work. When I arrived, I discovered that lightning had burned up my cell signal booster, my DirecTV receiver, my DVD player, my television, and my coffee pot. And that was with... Read more

Rocky Mountain High

Tuesday, August 19, 2014      18 comments

Since my wife passed away in January, I decided to make three trips this year to help with the grief. I planned to visit friends and do something active on each trip. This was my second trip - a trip to Colorado to visit friends and do some hi... Read more

A Little Introspection

Wednesday, May 28, 2014      23 comments

I have not been successful during the past two 5% challenges. I get the fitness minutes in, but I don't lose the weight. I seemed to be so busy getting big "fitness" numbers with easy and fun activities that I wasn't doing enough of the reall... Read more

A Great Vacation

Tuesday, May 27, 2014      22 comments

I just got home from a great 2 week road trip vacation. I traveled almost 4,000 miles and visited friends in North Carolina, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. It was the perfect vacation to take my mind off the recent passing of my wife. I thought ... Read more

World Walking Day

Sunday, May 04, 2014      22 comments

Yesterday was World Walking Day and the American Volkssport Association (a national nonprofit organization of nation-wide hiking clubs) sponsored a walk in San Antonio, Texas. Since my wife used to be the Executive Director of this organization... Read more

Hill Country Hiking Lessons

Wednesday, April 30, 2014      13 comments

A few weeks ago, I joined the San Antonio Adventure Club. It looks like a fun group with numerous activities almost every day. The latest hike a few days ago was definitely the "adventure." We planned to do a 5-mile hike in the Hill Country S... Read more

Mardi Gras fun with my son

Friday, March 07, 2014      25 comments

My wife and I always enjoyed the Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans, but we had never been to the really big parades. A year ago we made reservations for the last week of the parades to finally see them. Unfortunately my wife passed away in Jan... Read more

Camping at the Lake

Tuesday, February 04, 2014      28 comments

My son and his kids invited me to go tent camping with them last weekend. It seemed a good way to get my mind away from the loss of my wife, so I agreed. We went to a place called Inks Lake State Park in the Hill Country of central Texas - jus... Read more

A Beautiful Life

Thursday, January 16, 2014      42 comments

My wife, Jackie, passed away peacefully on January 8th after a 4-year battle with a rare disease called Amyloidosis. She was 58. While some people say opposites attract, ... Read more

Sad Times

Thursday, January 02, 2014      35 comments

To all of my Spark Friends, My wife's condition seriously deteriorated yesterday to the point that she had no vision and could not move herself from the bed to the wheelchair. She also passed out in the bed once. To top things off, she c... Read more

Another Update on My Wife

Thursday, November 21, 2013      25 comments

My wife has now been in the hospital for nearly three weeks with a serious internal infection. She has had two surgeries and is now dealing with a secondary infection. Although the infection is starting to respond, progress has been slow. The... Read more


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