Not quite over the hill, but I've at least finished the uphill part.
I grew up in the wilds of MT, spending as much time outdoors as I could. Then life got in the way for a couple of decades.
Now I'm finally settled in to a healthy, productive existence, and I feel the pull to get back on the trail. I still have piles of (heavy, outdated) gear, and I'm excited to pack it all back up and haul it around the countryside.
(The last time I was fully loaded for 2 weeks in the backcountry of Alaska, my pack was 45 lbs, then I added 2 gallons of water...)
My current goal is to hike the Lone Star Hiking Trail next spring (100 miles), and then maybe the JMT next fall. Just waiting for the infernal Texas sun to give me enough of a break to get in some training miles without dissolving/evaporating into a puddle/cloud of sweat.
Anyway, happy to be here, loving all the information and cool stories.
I like to fish McKinney Falls SP, wading upstream. Perfect creek for it. Never been to McKinney Rough, I don't think. The green belt is fun during the week...weekends are brutal! My daughter and son-in-law live in Austin and I play disc golf with them. Some great courses there that include some fun trails. So much outdoorsie stuff in and around Austin. We based out of Wimberly a couple weeks ago and found some fun hiking. Jacob's Well is "ok". The creek downstream is very nice! Just don't get near the banks else land owners get feisty.