John Muir Trail: Never Say Never

Sue and I visit the Muir Hut atop the mountain pass named after John Muir.

It was the toughest physical challenge of our lives. You just gotta see how it came to be. Click on the YouTube links below to watch Sue’s pair of brief (I promise) shows. Look carefully and you’ll see a mule train snake up Forester Pass at more than 13,000 feet.

It began with one word: “Never!”

Sue and I had just returned after our fifth European long-distance trek. Our youngest son Chris, an avid outdoorsman, had a suggestion that came from his heart: “You should do the John Muir Trail.”

“We can’t do that. Live in a tent? Carry all our stuff?”

I paused as the reasons for my absolute answer piled up. “The elevation would kill us. No toilets? No showers? Weeks in the wilderness?”

“It’s the most beautiful trail in the world, Dad.”

In August 2021, we began our JMT south of Mt. Whitney with a plan to walk 240-plus miles northbound to Happy Isles in Yosemite National Park. We sometimes gasped for oxygen, but we coped with living at mostly 10,000 feet-plus elevation. We bathed in creeks and lakes, filtered our own water. Set up and took down our tent every day for a month.

What made us say “Yes?” Mules and packers. Mules carried the bulk of our stuff, allowing us to get by with 20-pound daypacks, which held water, rain gear, lunch, snacks and a few other essentials. Packers loaded and unloaded the mules, cooked our food, and set up a rustic privy. And much more.

Here’s your ticket to the most beautiful trail in the world.

John Muir Trail Part I

John Muir Trail Part II

Lace Up Your Boots, Come With Me


“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

                                                                                  ~Lao Tzu

It’s time to lace up your boots once again and come along with me on four more European trekking adventures.

Three years ago, I stepped into my office and typed my first word.  Thus began the journey that would lead to my second book. 

I would be grateful if you share this announcement; indie authors like me don’t have the advertising support from publishing companies. 

I appreciate your interest in my work. I hope you enjoy Trippin’ Through My 60s.

(If you search for the book, beware of autocorrect, as in Trippin’, or 60s.)

Check out this one-minute trailer that my wife (and book illustrator) Sue created.

Take your first step with a click on the cover. (This is a U.S. link.)

England Map

Here is a sneak peek at one of four maps by Susan Spittle that appear in my next book, Trippin’ Through My 60s, coming soon to Amazon. It follows our adventures on four famed European trails: England’s South West Coast Path, the Alps’ Tour du Mont Blanc, Scotland’s West Highland Way, and Italy’s Way of St. Francis.

South West Coast Path