On the Trail

What I Did for Love


My hiking partner and I have differing views on what constitutes a good healthy hiking pace. For her it’s stopping every three seconds to sniff some broken stem of wild buckwheat for a half-hour; urinating on every other pile of coyote scat encountered; and watching quail—very, very intently.
Did I fail to mention she’s a dog?
"This is not my idea of an aerobic walk," I tell her. "You must MOVE for it to be exercise."
"In case y...

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