May The Spirit Of The Hiking Stick Be With You Always.   6 comments

Palisades Trail August 2013Monday Morning Milers Celebrate Don Fletcher’s (center) 89th Birthday — Images by kenne

In the spring of 2011 I began hiking with a group that called themselves the Monday Morning Milers (MMM). I first learned about the MMM from neighbor, Louise Glaysher, who invited me to hike with the group. After my first hike with MMM, I wrote in a blog posting April 13, 2011: “One of the things we love about living in Tucson is if you tire of the desert, within less than an hour you can be in the tree-line mountains. Madera Canyon, located about 65 km (40 mi) southeast of Tucson, Arizona, makes a large dent in the northwest face of the Santa Rita Mountains.” 

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The mountains surrounding Tucson provide many hiking trails for people who love the outdoors. Most in the MMM have been hiking together for many years and know well most trails in southern Arizona — they love hiking so much that some of the guys, now in their eighties, also hike on Friday’s. The elder of the MMM is Don Fletcher, who had his 89th birthday this past Sunday, so after this Monday’s hike on the Palisades Trail in the Santa Catalina mountains we had a surprise potluck luncheon at Middle Bear picnic area. Keeping this a surprise was not easy, since Don and some of the other guys often have lunch at Viv’s Cafe at the base of Catalina highway after hiking in the Catalinas. 

Don and the other octogenarians in the MMM set an admirable example to anyone who loves the outdoors and hiking. To see Don and the other octogenarians hiking, albeit at their pace, most with walking sticks not the more modern hiking poles, sets an example I hope to be doing in my 80’s. I’m already looking forward to posting on this blog our celebrating his 90th after a Monday morning hike.

Although only 15 of the MMM were able to make Monday’s birthday celebration, birthday wishes were passed on from those not able to attend.

kenne

Palisades Trail August 2013

May the spirit of the hiking stick be with you always, Don.

6 responses to “May The Spirit Of The Hiking Stick Be With You Always.

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  1. This is just the best! Makes my day.

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  2. This is an interesting coincidence, Kenne–I started hiking with The Happy Wanderers two years ago on Mondays too. Some hikers in my group are in their 70s and 80s and they are truly my inspiration. I enjoy reading your hiking posts. 🙂

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  3. A fun looking bunch of young folks!

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