Thursday, August 6, 2015

Hot hikes and cool jams



I've been hiking a lot, and could never make it up the mountain, or even out the door, were it not for my tunes.

This summer, I hit the trail with

Then, the thing about hiking, is to get your mind off your legs and your butt. The first mile is the hardest. You need a booster.

When you're cooking, and slap your hand against the two-mile post, you're ready for I like this three times over. Sometimes four.

When I hit the badlands, and have a long stretch of unrelenting sun and heat, then I relax my pace, look at some scenery, get all up in my head with

And now, feeling kind of rested and sweet, because the legs say they can take it from here, then I go to


Sounds like Madonna? I'm ok with that.

I don't have goals or an ultimate destination in life. Except when hiking. And when I reach the summit, I give myself this gift

This is Colorful Clouds Chasing the Moon, by Ren Guang.

21 comments:

  1. Love hiking, the challenge, and the best part, is feeling the burn! :-) its easier when u have a partner to pace.

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  2. I prefer hiking solo. But I do focus on anyone and everyone who's ahead of me, and I pick them off one by one like an assassin.

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    1. oh, so you're the one that was hot on my heels ( going downhill)...eh? :-)

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    2. I do that on the crowded sidewalks in London. Always feel good when I overtake young men, who should be fitter.

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  4. fab play list for walking back to happiness....!!

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  5. A hiking mix tape. Cool!

    I've put together songs to draw to, it helps.

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  6. I must be the only person in the world without a playlist. Maybe that's why I never hike farther than down my driveway and back up again (.9 mile)?

    Seriously, I turned off the radio in 1984, so I could pay attention only to what my kids were saying, and have never turned it back on. I know it's weird.

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  7. But I did listen to all of your clips. I had no idea when I started that it would take me 20 minutes to read this post!

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  8. Well, so Margie, did you like any one of these, or just think, "I can't believe anyone listens to this crap." If the latter, believe it. I am hoping Jean shares a few titles of Music-to-Draw-By. KBF: I'm super fast on the way up, and just take my time, mosey around, on my way down.

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  9. And, come on -- Boxed In makes your feet climb all by themselves.

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  10. I actually remember the AC/DC song, and I did like your selections. I'm partial to piano solos, so much so that I bought myself a grand piano in hopes that one day I will learn to do a bit more than pick out a forlorn note here or there. But without learning to read music. Because I need numbers to read music.

    Now if only I had a music player to play Boxed In while I"m climbing back up my hill....yeah, I never even got a Walkman...

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  11. I like the one in the middle - Distillery. My hill climbing preferences run towards trance music. I have to have an to of body experience for me rise to the top. Here's one of my favorites. If you make it to the 7.30 mark (or go directly there) your in the zone of infinity.

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    1. Yes! What you call Distillery is Boxed In. I liked your favorite very much. Not for hiking, but for other stuff -- thinking, writing, gardening.

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  12. I'm going to try this when I'm hiking dogless because I get so bored with my own thoughts that I tend to give up. But aren't you worried you won't hear rattlers?

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  13. I'm in your corner on this one. Music always makes the tough stuff go faster. I'll vote for 'Slim' and 'Cutie' this morning. Play it loud, sister!

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  14. Birdman, Death Cab for Cutie is the best name for a group, ever. Heartless Bastards is a close second.

    Bellis, probably more important that I see the rattlers. And you can always use just one earbud.

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  15. I will listen to your music, Karin, but I'm like Marjie. Opted out of music radio a long time ago. When I'm hiking, I want to hear my footsteps, and the birds. Maybe meet a dog or two. Plus, if I'd been listening to music that time on the Sam Merrill Trail, I would never have heard the shushing sound that caused me to stand still. I had just missed a (probably) mountain lion dragging its kill, a (definitely) faun, off the trail.

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    1. Good thing I didn't feature my other six.

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  16. Great post! some of the tunes I've heard, others are new.

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  17. Love "Colorful Clouds Chasing the Moon", by Ren Guang. He is new to me. Thanks!

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