Monday, May 29, 2017

We're all the same on the trail

Generation X and Baby Boomers complain about millennials.  They're entitled.  They're always on their devices.  Millennials complain about Gen X/Baby Boomers.  They're out of touch.  They left the younger generations with a mess.  You hear both sides a lot.

This weekend I got to hike with both generations.  On Saturday, I met up with some women in my hiking group.  I hadn't ever met them, but most of them turned out to be around my age.  We laughed and talked all the way to an unmanned fire lookout in the park.  It didn't hurt that it seemed to be Hot Guy Hiking Day...each one coming down the trail was cuter than the next, culminating in one we called "Captain America," who strode around the peak with perfect hair and a movie star face.
"Captain America" is not in this picture, so stop looking.
On Monday, I joined a group of millennials for a hike to another lookout.  Some were my employees, and may or may not have been apprehensive to hike with "the boss." Still, we hiked along companionably, abandoning the trail in deep snow and heading straight up, picking up two young women on the way who had turned around after seeing bear tracks, convincing them to come with us.

Each group was at different stages in their lives.  The first group talked about their kids and places they had traveled.  The second group, young enough to be my kids, talked about places they wanted to go and jobs they wanted to get.  Despite that, they were similar where it counted.  We were all amazed by the mountains.  We all watched out for each other on the trail.  We talked and laughed and told stories.  We wondered about peak names and flowers.  We were all happy to be out on the trail.

We really aren't so different.  Maybe we just need to go hiking together more.

10 comments:

  1. Great post....hiking the trail, admiring your wonderful "back yard", sharing the days, bring all kinds of different people together...especially out of doors. Thanks for the perspective (and the view of Hot Guy Hiking Day.

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    1. Something brought all the cute guys out that day!

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  2. Good point - when we're experiencing something together, age kind of falls away. I suspect that's also why my running group works so well - we go from 34 to 60 in age range, but we're all doing the same thing and it doesn't feel like there's as big of an age gap as there actually is.

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    1. It's fun to have an activity like that where age doesn't matter and everyone can enjoy it.

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  3. Well said. I think hiking is a great equalizer.

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    1. Yes, there's older folks that race up the trail and younger ones that are slow. You never can predict it.

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  4. Sounds like a fantastic weekend. The view is gorgeous! Hot Guy Hiking Day made me laugh - glad you got to celebrate it :)

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    1. I can't believe how nice out it was. It usually rains for memorial day.

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  5. You failed to mention the most important Generation. X. The rest are insignificant. And thanks for the compliment. Getting told your cute and hot never gets old. :)

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    1. I meant X. I just changed it. Of course they are the best.

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