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As many of us reach the half century mark in our lives, we find ourselves reflecting back on how far we have come, what we have accomplished, where we have been, and any regrets we may have.  One of the things that I do not regret which ranks up there next to my children, is keeping some level of fitness in my life.

Some may get to the mid point in their years, look in a full length mirror and feel unhappy about themselves.  Not having that youthful fit looking body can be a real bummer. It is difficult to maintain a physique of a twenty something through out the remainder of your life. We get jobs, get married, raise families and our body becomes the lower priority and we start to gain weight as our activity level drops and our diet gets out of hand as we eat and drink too much of things we shouldn’t be drinking too much of. If you know what I mean 😉

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The author on the eve of his 50th birthday.

Many feel it is too late to get fit as they reach a mid-point in
their life.  However, this is not the case.  Read the full story>>

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Every once and awhile you have to live a little and go off the beaten path and hike marshland game trails.  Along Ridley Creek on the old Heilbron Estate, Pennsylvania.

Every once and awhile you have to live a little and go off the beaten path and hike marshland game trails. Along Ridley Creek on the old Heilbron Estate, Pennsylvania.

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I call this one...  "Sunset Dancers" for obvious reasons.  As you can see the trees in front of the sun give the appearance of tall thin dancers wearing skirts dancing around a fire.  Photo was taken near Kirkwood Preserve, in the village of White Horse, Pennsylvania.

I call this one… “Sunset Dancers” for obvious reasons. As you can see the trees in front of the sun give the appearance of tall thin dancers wearing skirts dancing around a fire. Photo was taken near Kirkwood Preserve, in the village of White Horse, Pennsylvania.

 

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A Female Red Tail Hawk Perches Above the Trail at Alapocas Woods Park

A Female Red Tail Hawk Perches Above the Trail at Alapocas Woods Park

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Sunset on Springton Lake near Hildacy Farm Preserve, Pennsylvania

Sunset on Springton Lake near Hildacy  Farm Preserve, Pennsylvania

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I’ve never hiked that long of a distance in one day in one shot.  And I found out a few things in preparing for an epic hike:

1. If you decide to wear your trail sneakers instead of hiking boots…  don’t!  I sprained by ankle 3 times (the same ankle), then had to walk 7 1/2 miles back to my vehicle.

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I learned a few things from venturing out on my first 15 mile hike...
I learned a few things from venturing out on my first 15 mile hike…

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When I was on my hike yesterday, I found another small grove of my favorite plant that I have ever seen so far.  As it turns out, they are actually young Empress Dragon Trees or Paulownia Trees (Americana variety) which I learned with the help from one of my friends.  Read the full story>>

The Empress Dragon Tree or Paulownia Tree has huge leaves that can reach up to 3 feet in width
The Empress Dragon Tree or Paulownia Tree has huge leaves that can reach up to 3 feet in width!

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