On the Trail

The last great best hike in the world
Patting his rotund middle, my hiking buddy Tiller Montalban pondered my trail map’s description of the route I’d planned.
“Strenuous,” he said, enunciating every syllable in a tone one might associate with a condemned man begging for mercy as he’s being led to the gallows.
Meanwhile, waiting in the car for just a slight assist was Gem the old dog. That day, back in November 2011, she was closing out her 12th year as a tr...

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