Grandpa's final backpack.

Grandpa

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After many years and thousands of miles of trails its time to hang up the old backpack and stick to the places I can get the old 4x4 to for tent or trailer camping. For out last packing trip, grandma and I had the privilege of hiking and camping with three of our great grandchildren, three grandchildren, one daughter and a grand son in law and son in law. The little peeps are already proud to carry their share and their backcountry training is well underway.

We spent two nights in the High Uinta Wilderness in Utah at about 9500 feet with a day trip into a high alpine lake at around 11,000 feet. A couple of cow moose came out of the far woods into the meadow near our camp and a nervous doe passed back and forth several times. When in my tent I could hear a strange periodic humming sound and discovered a hummingbird had a nest adjacent to our tent. I tried posting a pic of some of the kids but I guess it was too big.

I'm going to miss those alpine lakes and granite peaks.
 

ppine

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Grandpa,
This year I turned 70 and got diagnosed with Afib. I am feeling like my backpacking career is over too. After 60 years it is difficult to accept. Carrying a heavy pack, walking uphill at high elevations a long way from help are not really what heart patients should be doing.

I feel your pain. I was very demoralized for a couple of weeks thinking this over. I still get great joy from doing boat trips. They are at lower elevations, and require little hiking,. Sometimes lining and portaging require exertion, but we can go at a slower pace.
 

Grandpa

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Grandma and I still have a lot of mileage left. Just not on foot. We are starting with a back country road trip later this month. Far enough back we don't want to drag the trailer but we'll tent camp and take the DO's. I said something to a friend and now we have four couples tagging along. We've shared many a mile of trail with these folks and they too have tired feet.
 

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...I sit here quietly, feeling as if I'm intruding. I'm listening intently to the rhythm of a consequential conversation between guys. Every year I find myself saying, "This could be your last year on the lakes and rivers." Sometimes I feel a sense of urgency. "Lord, - no interruptions, tragedies, calamities, surprizes, screw-ups. illnesses, break downs, bad weather, accidents, or anything - just let me go again." Not to be corny - but I can appreciate the pain and I know that I will feel the same someday.
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