Another thing learned... I'm not as young as I used to be. Those of you that know me well are probably saying, "Gee, Mike, you are just now figuring that out?". Old age creeps up on us all and when you catch it doing so it usually is depressing at first. Whether it was struggling to "converse" with some of the younger hikers or when I almost gave Grayson my cholesterol medication instead of the Advil he requested...my age was on full display for the entire forest to see. It helps that there are hikers and adventurers even older than me out there doing their thing. I'll definitely keep them in my mind as I plan the next hike.