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Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Words to hike by on 06/23/2013 19:58:36 MDT Print View

"Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt"

From a sign found in a shop in Leavenworth, Washington

Edited by dwambaugh on 06/25/2013 08:52:11 MDT.

b willi jones
(mrjones) - F

Locale: best place in the world !?
words to hike by on 06/24/2013 03:45:34 MDT Print View

just do it - the swoosh

John Donewar
(Newton) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern Louisiana
Re: Words to hike by on 06/24/2013 04:08:30 MDT Print View

"Left foot, right foot, breathe."

Pat Summitt


Hers is such a fitting surname.

Party On,

Newton

Brian Lewis
(brianle) - F

Locale: Pacific NW
Re: Words to hike by on 06/24/2013 05:58:36 MDT Print View

The highest form of trail wisdom is knowing when to listen to your body, and when to tell it to shut the hell up.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Words to hike by on 06/24/2013 12:09:17 MDT Print View

The best commercial motto in this vien is the old Jansport, "Get out, while you can."

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Re: Words to hike by on 06/24/2013 12:49:29 MDT Print View

Regardless of what you might think of the company, I think Nike had some of the best magazine advertising ever. Here's two of my all time favorites (and more here: http://www.katiekleinman.com/nike/nike.php) (and especially love the last two lines of the second one):

Beatrice Brophy, 72, and Barbara Anderson, 74
canoeists and guides in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota

YOU ARE OLDER, IT SEEMS, THAN SOME PEOPLE,
AND SO THEY CALL YOU OLD.
OLD, OLD, OLD. YOU HAVE WRINKLES YOU DO NOT COVER
AND YOUR HAIR IS GRAY AND YOU HAVE LIVED
FOR SOMETHING LIKE SEVENTY-FOUR YEARS ON THIS EARTH.
WITHOUT MUCH COMPLAINT.
there is nothing much to complain about.
BUT SOME PEOPLE LOOK AT YOU AND THINK YOU SHOULD
STOP NOW, REST NOW, GROW OLD NOW, GRACEFULLY.
BUT YOU LIVE GRACEFULLY ENOUGH YOU DON'T HAVE TIME
TO GROW OLD.
YOU HAVE A CANOE.
AND THAT CANOE HAS A RIVER.
AND THAT RIVER DOES NOT END.
and you watch the river flow and watch it flow
AND WATCH THE LEAVES CHANGE COLOR
AND WATCH YOUR HANDS TURN EIGHTY YEARS OLD
IN THE MIDDLE OF A RIVER BEND.
YOU HIKE THIRTEEN MILES AT THE END OF THE DAY
AND THIS IS HOW YOU REST, THAT IS HOW YOU REST.
SO LET THE YOUNG ONES SLEEP. LET THE WHOLE WORLD SLEEP.
YOU WILL SLEEP WHEN YOU HAVE TO.
YOU ARE CROSSING THE WATER, CROSSING THE WATER,
AND THERE IS SO MUCH WATER LEFT TO BE CROSSED.

and

94-year-old swimmers.
89-year-old weightlifters.
99-year-old marathoners.
The back of SI is full of them.
People who forgot to retire.
And never got old.
People who realized:
It's easier to keep going
If you never stop.
JUST DO IT.
Get up. Get out.
Build up the muscle.
Get rid of the flab.
Go back to school.
Sell the TV.
JUST DO IT.
Master the curveball.
Pound the bag.
Rebuild an engine.
Jump-start a career.
JUST DO IT.
Bench press four big plates.
Dig for fossils.
Bicycle across Canada.
Save an endangered species - yourself.
JUST DO IT.
The only one who can tell you you can't, is you.
And you don't have to listen.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Words to hike by (Frost) on 06/24/2013 13:33:12 MDT Print View

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
- I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Ian Destroyer of Forums
(IDBLOOM) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Words to hike by on 06/24/2013 13:51:44 MDT Print View

"That.... was not a fart." Spc. Anderson, Pakistan circa 1997.

Edit: and if I had to be serious....

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.

Colin Powell

Edited by IDBLOOM on 06/24/2013 15:15:52 MDT.

Paul Wagner
(balzaccom) - F

Locale: Wine Country
Handel's Messiah on 06/24/2013 15:55:10 MDT Print View

Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill made low, the crooked straight, and the rough places plain.

Best of all, you can sing it while you're hiking up impossible slopes...

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Re: Re: Words to hike by on 06/24/2013 16:39:49 MDT Print View

It's a brave man who farts in Asia.

Charles G.
(Rincon) - M

Locale: Desert Southwest
My favorite. on 06/24/2013 18:23:19 MDT Print View

One of the last stanzas from "Ulysses" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

"Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be that we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Tho' much is taken, much abides; and tho'
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved heaven and earth; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."

The whole poem is well worth reading IMO.

Edited by Rincon on 06/24/2013 18:26:19 MDT.

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Words to hike by on 06/24/2013 18:36:16 MDT Print View

"The possibility of physical and mental collapse is now very real. No sympathy for the Devil, keep that in mind. Buy the ticket, take the ride...and if it occasionally gets a little heavier than what you had in mind, well...maybe chalk it off to forced conscious expansion: Tune in, freak out, get beaten."

-Hunter S. Thompson

_______________________________

1

-K. Vonnegut

Edited by xnomanx on 06/24/2013 18:39:41 MDT.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Words to hike by on 06/24/2013 19:05:18 MDT Print View

"Why, Grumpy, you do care."

Snow White

Ryan Smith
(ViolentGreen) - M

Locale: Southeast
Re: Re: Words to hike by on 06/24/2013 19:21:22 MDT Print View

The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like those of a deer, and he will make me to walk on high places. - Habakkuk

Ryan

Edited by ViolentGreen on 06/24/2013 19:23:21 MDT.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Re: Re: Words to hike by on 06/24/2013 20:01:38 MDT Print View

"It's a brave man who farts in Asia."

Then Asia is truly the land of the brave, if not the free.

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Re: Words to hike by on 06/24/2013 20:19:49 MDT Print View

"It is better to travel well, than to arrive sausage."

What?

Edited by Zia-Grill-Guy on 06/24/2013 20:20:54 MDT.

Jake D
(JakeDatc) - F

Locale: Bristol,RI
Re: Re: Re: Re: Words to hike by on 06/24/2013 20:21:32 MDT Print View

"Rats of unusual size? I don't think they exist...."

"Shut Up Legs!" -Jens

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Words to hike by on 06/24/2013 23:06:55 MDT Print View

We used this one in our wedding:

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;

traditional gaelic blessing

Dean F.
(acrosome) - MLife

Locale: Back in the Front Range
Re: Words to hike by (Frost) on 06/25/2013 08:40:06 MDT Print View

But there are those who think that Frost was speaking sarcastically...

I like: "Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity."

Edited by acrosome on 06/25/2013 08:41:24 MDT.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re:Words to hike by on 06/25/2013 09:04:49 MDT Print View

One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure that it is worth watching.

Paul Magnanti
(PaulMags) - MLife

Locale: People's Republic of Boulder
quotes on 06/25/2013 10:26:50 MDT Print View

I used to manage a Yahoo group for the local outdoor group I was active with. In every mailing, there would be an suitable quote for the outdoors, travel or adventure.

Here's the compiled list. I occasionally added to it over the years:
http://www.pmags.com/colorado-hiking-and-outdoor-society-quotes

Marko Botsaris
(millonas) - F - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
Re: Re:Words to hike by on 06/26/2013 09:25:05 MDT Print View

I like the one from "the worlds most interesting man":

"Its never to early to start beefing up your obituary"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tols2yYjnv0

Edited by millonas on 06/26/2013 09:29:07 MDT.

spelt !
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
Re: quotes on 06/26/2013 10:20:55 MDT Print View

Can't believe no one has yet said,

"Not all who wander are lost."

Dean L
(AldoLeopold) - F

Locale: Great Lakes
Re: Words to hike by on 06/26/2013 12:17:20 MDT Print View

Humans will not be free until the last king is strangled by the entrails of the last priest.

-Denis Didoret


There is more to life than increasing its speed.

-Mahatma Gandhi


The last word in ignorance is the person who says of an animal or plant: "What good is it?" If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then every part is good, whether we understand it or not. If the biota, in the course of aeons, has built something we like but do not understand, then who but a fool would discard seemingly useless parts. To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.

-Aldo Leopold


As man proceeds toward his announced goal of the conquest of nature, he has written a depressing record of destruction directed not only against the earth he inhabits but against the life that shares it with him.

-Rachel Carson


You must be on the path, before you can turn and walk into the wild.

-Gary Snyder