A Sunday Morning Hike

The wife and I were up at 4:15 and out the door at 5:45 this morning. After picking up a friend, we headed out to Parker Canyon Lake, a 35-minute drive from our home. Parker Lake is a scenic, 130-acre lake located in the high cool rolling hills of southeastern Arizona. By 6:30 we were on the Parker Canyon Lake Shore Trail and ready to start our 4.5-mile hike.


Recently, the wife and I have made a conscious effort to incorporate more hikes into our workout regimen, joining running, lifting, bike riding, and yoga. As we age a little –  gracefully I might add – we have turned to walking more because this low to moderate impact activity is easier on the joints and bones – your hips and knees being the primary beneficiaries – than higher impact activities such as running. And of course, an additional benefit of hiking in a mountainous area, over running through the streets, is there are more scenic views to take in, and more of an opportunity to enjoy them.



Run More – Hike More – Lift More – Swim More – Bike More – Live More


James retired in 2005 after serving 21 years in the United States Army. During the latter part of his career, James' interest in personal finance was piqued based on his own experiences and observations of the way most Americans plan – or more accurately, fail to plan – for retirement and the difficulty many face in starting the process. His most valued education has been lessons learned from personal experience and through conversations with smart, savvy friends.

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