My next to last hike on 10/28/10 with my Arizona and out of state travel-hiking partner and good friend GPSjoe was in the Sierra Ancha Wilderness on the "McFadden Horse Trail". It helps to have known Joe and his sometimes funny and dry sense of humor in order to fully appreciate the beauty of this below memory of him that I will always cherish and will always bring a smile to my face, but for those who did not know him very well, I knew our GPSjoe as a humble, private, quiet, reserved, caring-helpful person, and someone of often very few words, but a good friend and compatible hiking partner that I respected and learned from.
It was white tail deer hunting season in the Sierra Ancha Mountains this late October, 2010. Joe and I arrived at the remote Cienega Spring TH-TR145 parking area around 9:15am. As we were preoccupied with putting on our hiking gear in preparation for our hike start, a voice from within the woods came "hello there?-hello there?" Joe first looked up and around and then asked me if I had heard a voice. I had not heard anything.. then, out of no where this hunter appears in front of us in this hunting attire with rifle over shoulder. There was a pause in the action, then this hunter says "looks like you two might be taking a hike today?".. another pause while Joe looks at me and kind-of rolls his eyes, then clips on his GPS, looks at the hunter and simply says "Hiking - that's what we do!"
A very special moment for me with classic Joe at his best!