Sunday, February 09, 2014

Thought from Kierkegaard on walking

“Above all, do not lose your desire to walk: every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness; I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.”

Søren Kierkegaard

Monday, January 13, 2014

Pilgrimage to Spain

I've clarified the fact that I am traveling to Spain in September of 2014 to hike the Camino de Santiago- The Way of Saint James as a pilgrimage to celebrate my sixtieth year on the planet as well as my present vocation as a writer and encourager. I am very excited by this prospect and will probably bore everyone with the planning and preparing. I hope to build a small community of fellow pilgrims to share the experience and have several book and blog ideas.

Today I begin the process of learning Spanish, giving me eight months to gain some fluency in the Castilian language. I have the lessons downloaded on the iPod shuffle for use while I hike the RiverParks trail this afternoon. Buen Camino!

Welcome to 2014

Here I am in January of 2014. It is an interesting year, one of many new opportunities for walking and hiking. I want to blog about these and will complete the update later this week. Happy New Year!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

New and Revised WalkingMan Blog

I'm getting excited by the changes in my life and have decided to revitalize the WalkingMan blog. I realize that I have not walked as much this year as I would have liked, primarily because I no longer get to walk to the office and my new schedule requires me to be "cleaner" than I used to be. Coming to a meeting in walking gear and sweaty is not acceptable.

Now consider, what if the walking and writing about hiking is the new job?  I have an idea to capture a different hike each month, to be a travelogue of trips around Tulsa and Oklahoma that will combine the joy of walking and hiking along with my joy of travel. These are for my own interest but perhaps others will find it enjoyable to read and perhaps take on some of the travels themselves.

I like the idea and it may help prepare me for the Camino de Santiago in 2014.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Walking Man 2013

I love springtime. In our neighborhood the azalea's are blooming, trees are budding and allergies are full bore. I'm planning my year's hikes and will use this blog to keep updated and on track.

One area to explore this year is the McGee Creek Natural Scenic Recreation Area near Atoka, OK.  I'm planning this hike in May.  We are also going to the city of Davis Oklahoma in June and will visit the Chickasaw National Recreation Area for short day hikes. Finally, I'm planning another Outer Mountain Loop hike at Big Bend National Park in October of this year.  It's been five years since I last did this hike and I'm planning it earlier in the year to have warmer weather.

2013 is shaping up to be a good hiking year. I'll keep the blog updated as I progress.

Monday, December 05, 2011

WalkingMan Tour 2011

I'm all set for this year's Big Bend adventure.  This year I'm going to focus on the desert of Big Bend, instead of hiking the Chisos.  I've been intrigued for some time with Elephant Tusk and the Fresno Creek area so I'm planning to set up camp at the backcountry campsite and dayhike around, with the focus on silence and solitude.

On Monday I'll go down the River Road past Big Bend Ranch, hiking Closed Canyon, and then on to the Getaway for the rest of my time.

I'll share more soon.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Getting Back in the Groove for 2011

This morning was the first one this summer where I could feel the cool of fall approaching.  I realize that it will still be hot for several days, but the process of fall has begun, and so must I.

I walked to work today in preparation for WalkingMan Tour 2011.  Big Bend has received rain, so I think it will be possible to have my annual getaway.  Last year I took a fellow hiker, but this year I will be seeking solitude again.

I plan to blog more as the days progress.

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Countdown to Big Bend--Day 8

Today I was back in form. I walked to St. John hospital to have blood drawn for a physical next week. I should be in great shape. I've lost forty pounds since February 2010. My foot is nearly well and I am breaking my new boots for this hike.

My hiking partner and I have decided to do a South Rim hike rather than the Outer Mountain Loop this year. Rough plans are to leave Tulsa early Friday morning and get down to Big Bend in time to get campsites that evening. We will spend the night in the lodge and then take off at first light up the Pinnacles trail.

We are planning to stay at NE4 for two nights, with day hikes on Sunday to Emory Peak and Cattail Canyon. Water permitting we may stay for a third night, but we'll have to see when we get there.