Strenuous hikes through some of California’s most rugged and remote landscapes are not for the faint of heart.
But one group of retirees can’t imagine life without those weekly 6-to-10-mile-hikes, which have taken them to places like Mount Toro, Point Lobos, and the Ventana Wilderness, among other beautiful and picturesque places.
Add this to the picture: The men making these treks aren’t youngsters – in fact, their oldest member is 94, with the rest ranging between late 50s and early 90s.
“I’m 71, and consider myself to be quite fit, but I can’t keep up with five or six of the older hikers,” said Paul Danielson, a member for the last nine years. “It’s an unusual and most interesting group.”
Don Burnett, another member, said the hiking is great, but what he really enjoys is the camaraderie.
“I’ve established some friendships with people who I would not have met otherwise,” …