Well, I gotta start somewhere …

What seems like decades ago (probably ’cause it was) 2 young fellows enjoyed hiking together.  They’d mark trails for local hiking clubs, joined local wildlife societies, and explored the local wilderness (as it was).  They created fanciful nicknames for each other like “Ranger” and “Bushwhacker”. Then, the Corporate world reared it’s ugly head, and our heroes drifted apart for near 20 years. Our story might have ended on that tragic note, were it not for the miracle of early retirement and small town happenstance.  On Feb 23rd 2012 our intrepid (and considerably older) fellows met up, quite by accident, on the street. They agreed to meet for a walk on a local trail. By the time they’d finished the walk, it was like the last 20 years had never happened.

They spent the better part of the next year stomping their way through many a trail. Then, one day Bushwhacker noticed a local un-named side road and asked Ranger if he knew what was up there. Ranger pointed out that it had a No Exit sign on it. So, up they went, to find a trail at the end of the road. They began exploring every No Exit road they could find, and more often than not, found trails at their ends.

That’s how it all started.

Hence, when I created 2oldguyswalking, I chose the No Exit sign to represent it. However, soon after initiating the blog, Ranger’s interests returned to his original passion … history. Fortunately, my Wife and I are experienced wilderness campers, canoeists, and hikers, right from our dating/college days. So she took over for Ranger, in reviewing trails with me. Now Ranger and I get together weekly, to search for historic sites, graves, plaques, old foundations, and abandoned buildings. The rest of the time, I’m on trails with “The Wife”. We cover the history and trails, of South Central Ontario from Perth to the Muskokas, and South to Lake Ontario.



  1. Ron Conlon · · Reply

    Hello Gentlemen…
    I stumbled on to your website quite by accident, but such a pleasant surprise!
    It seems to me that we share a kindred explorer-adventurer spirit, although you guys are much further ahead in the game, as I have only recently started out exploring my (regional) backyard.
    I look forward to reading your articles and reviews, and if you don’t mind, am planning on drawing heavily upon your experiences…cheers!


    1. Hello Ron,
      Well, we started this blog to share our interests with like-minded people so … feel free to draw upon whatever experiences will serve your purposes. Glad we could help.



  2. Rita and Eric Bauer · · Reply

    You cannot imagine how thrilled we are to have found your blog. Thank you so much for the detailed information, great photography and insights that will make our explorations so much easier. As 1oldcouple, this will save us a lot of time to find these special places and we will be able to make the most of each day exploring the countryside.


    1. And you cannot imagine how thrilled I am to read your kind words. I’m so glad we could be of assistance in your appreciation of our lovely countryside.
      Have a nice walk,


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