I grew up in the Rocky Mountains hiking pretty much every day, whether it was the mile to school or all over the trails during the summer. We didn't call it 'hiking' then - it was just playing and getting from one adventure to the next.
Hiking is a tremendously healthy experience that exercises your body, mind, and soul - and the best thing is that just about anyone can do it, no matter location or age.
Now, I camp, backpack, and lead others on frontcountry and backcountry outings to share my skills with them. The most enjoyment I get from life is watching youths that have pushed themselves to do more than they thought they could. Not watching them push themselves, but watching when they encounter the next challenge, or the next - they no longer don't think they can do it; instead they figure out how they can do it. Self-confidence and solid skills are two invaluable things us old guys need to pass on to the young ones.
I started writing as a website developer, then a blogger, and finally a book author. I sincerely hope my stories help youth and their families experience, enjoy, and embrace the outdoors in a caring, sustaining manner so the wild places I grew up with continue to be wild and loved.
Enjoy my site and I'd love to hear about your adventures. If you have questions or suggestions, or want to know more about me, or just want to say 'Hey!', use the Ask the Author link at the bottom to drop me an email.
May 20, 2023 - Betty Juknys
I just received your book SHT4U2NO. Thanks so much for sending it to me. I really appreciate it and will share it with my hiking friends.
It was so lovely to meet and hike with both you and Kelly in Costa Rica. If you ever get to London Ontario, please look us up.
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