Reunions mean camping out

Julie Painter, left, and her daughter Leah enjoy a spring hike in the mountains. Love of the outdoors is one of the things she has instilled in her children as they grew up. (Jerry Painter photo)

There’s a Biblical proverb that says train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. While my children may not have absorbed all the things I would have liked them to, there is one thing they all seem to know and enjoy: The outdoors.

Going for a loop in the Tetons

A backpacker arrives at Hurricane Pass along the Teton Crest Trail in Grand Teton National Park on Saturday. In the background, the Grand Teton, left, and the Middle Teton are seen. Saturday was a busy day for the trail with dozens of backpackers crossing the pass. (Jerry Painter photo) A backpacker arrives at Hurricane Pass along the Teton Crest Trail in Grand Teton National Park on Saturday. In the background, the Grand Teton, left, and the Middle Teton are seen. Saturday was a busy day for the trail with dozens of backpackers crossing the pass. (Jerry Painter photo)

I was a few miles up a “non-official” trail in Roaring Fork Canyon on the west side of the Tetons on Saturday when I heard voices in the distance. It caught my attention and caused me to pick up my waning pace to catch up and chat.

Fixing a flat the fast way

Jerry Painter’s tour bike leans against a stump of petrified wood next to the entrance sign to the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona during a recent ride across Arizona and New Mexico on Route 66. Fixing flat tires became a common occurrence during the ride. (Jerry Painter photo)

I was parked off the shoulder on Interstate 40 in Arizona with my touring bike fixing a flat rear tire when a car pulled up next to me. I looked up and it was a highway patrolman.

Pedaling the Mother Road

A scene of the painted desert area in Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona. (Jerry Painter photo)

Riding a touring bike along old Route 66 through Arizona and New Mexico left the impression that the difference between success and failure in this harsh and beautiful land is tissue-paper thin.

Teton Pass on two wheels

A cyclist rides down the old Teton Pass road past a pair of horseback riders going up the road Saturday. The road is open only to nonmotorized traffic and starts near the town of Wilson, Wyo. The road starts at Teton Pass and connects into the Jackson Hole bike path system in Wilson.

On Saturday I had one of those “aha” moments riding into Wilson, Wyo., on my bike, looking around and saying out loud, “What a great day to be riding a bike!”

It’s weird fun at Utah’s Maple Canyon

Ashlin Cuneo, of Idaho Falls, climbs the uniquely cobbled cliff in Maple Canyon on Saturday. The rock is a natural limestone/sandstone cement mixed with cobblestones of different sizes. In recent years, rock climbers from around the world flock to the area in the summer. www.e10pitches.com/imf/

I grunted and sweated to the top of one of my favorite rock climbing routes about 60 feet off the ground and could see the anchors just above my head. Two more moves, I told myself, and I’ve got it.

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