And into the woods I go, to lose my mind and find my soul –
John Muir

That captures the heart of Goat Bells. It’s about preparing for, being in and celebrating experiences out in the woods. Walks, hikes, bikes, runs, meditations and all that is required to do those activities safely and happily is what you’ll find here – pictures, commentary, experiences and musings. Maybe these trips to the woods will encourage others to lose their mind … and find their soul.

Why the name, Goat Bells? A dear friend of mine, gave the set of bells (supposedly Tibetan goat bells) to help my mind keep bears away while hiking (i had two encounters and I realize that bells don’t scare the bears – some say they don’t hear any ways, but they can smell!). These bells go on every hike even in the rain and jingle, dangle and make noises all the way – at least few surprised creatures in their homes, as I walk by … few have complained of the noise. (though, some dogs get very confused / agitated when they hear the bells)

A camera is necessary gear for all activities and the pics speak for themselves. Unless stated otherwise, all media is covered by Creative Commons license per footer – most pics from Nikon B700 (it’s about 4 years old and has held up well even with backpacking abuse.

About the hiker: retired technology guy (60s)and half-marathon runner after 40+ yrs; avoider of eating meat; guitar playing once upon a time Deadhead …

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