DO YOU LOVE TO HIKE?
The answer to this question is, I USED to love to hike. I am now looking at advancing years, and I have become handicapped and can barely walk, let alone hike !
My friends at Wealthy Affiliate, Do not feel sorry for me because of this, because I have had a wonderful, hike-filled life.
.I was born and raised in Moab, Utah, and I really believe my friends and I discovered the hiking outdoor trails and the bike trails, and the beauty of the area before the outdoor lovers and the tourists did.
Even as a child, I would get out and, if not hike, I at least walked in the wilderness of Southeastern Utah. From the time I was a toddler until I was in high school, we owned Brown’s Hole, in San Juan County, Utah. As a toddler, I loved to walk around the area.
My Dad, (The handsome Utah cowboy, Buck Kirk), used to let me accompany him to gather eggs, (I broke many), and to irrigate the alfalfa. There were many anthills on the property. I guess, with a sense of ownership, I asked him if I could be the owner of all the ants in Brown’s Hole. He chuckled, and answered affirmatively that yes, I could be the owner of all the ants. I promptly forgot about the ants.
As I became a teenager and was in Junior High, my friends and I were constantly in the hills. We called it rock climbing. We even had a rock collection in a big sack we carried around, and probably had some stones that today, would be valuable. We hunted and climbed, and in those days, we did not even have hiking boots. But living in Moab, that is what you did……you spent time in the red rocks and hills!
It helped that one of my school mates and girlfriends, Margie Stocks, lived in a home right at the foot of the red rocks surrounding Moab. She had twin brothers, Lee and Larry, a little older than us. Lee and Larry were also “rock kids” and they often were our guides around the hills.
***A Note about Margie:
Margie married the owner of a service station and store in the town of Thompson, Utah. Thompson is 32 mile from Moab. Early one morning, Margie went into the store to set up for the day’s work, and she was shot and killed by a person who had broken in to steal. I do not know any more details, but I do know that the murderer was caught and I did hear that he had killed others. The murder of Margie was a great tragedy. She was a wonderful person and was always helpful to others.
Anne Dalton was another member of our band of hikers. Anne was a very good friend of mine when we were younger and remained a friend, But my interest in boys and her interest in the LDS Church e.ventually led to us becoming only casual friends. I understand Anne passed away a few years ago, from a heart ailment. Anne and I once took our rock collection dto show the renowned Dr. Williams. We had in our collection, a historic skull. Dr. Williams accused us of stealing the skull from him. We left it there and never returned. And, needless to say, we never visited Dr. Williams again. I was our first lesson in false accusations; and a very unexpected one.
Lorna Lance often hiked with us. I have not heard of Lorna for years,but I hope she is ok. I do know that, as Anne Dalton did, she married a returned LDS Missionary. Lorna and Anne were devout Mormons, and both had strong moral convictions, and I respected them for it. I have missed all my childhood friends and fellow hikers.
Well, that is it for our little band of hikers ,even though there were occasional guest hiker, such as Elessa Jackson, , Dorlynn Day, Skippy Wmibourn and others..
We were young but we were wild rock hikes, and we loved it @@
How many of you out there like to hike? If I had no one to hike with, I would go alone. While living in Willow Basin, Utah, I knew my way around the hills and the mountains, and I would often hike alone. While my cat, Timmy, was alive and at the cabin, he would always accompany me on my hikes. When he got tired, he would sit down, and I would carry him until he was ready to walk again. What wonderful memories I have of this time,and how fortunate am I to have these memories?
So, these are some of my special Moab Memories, and thank you for reading my post about them. And put on your hiking boots and START HIKING !!