At a cloudy sunset memorial at Walker Ranch, we heard the gobbling calls of cranes as they flew unseen over us. It was drizzly and overcast, yet a band of golden red appeared above the continental divide. We were gathered for the memorial for Bob Baumgartner. He led over 3,000 hikes. He was very kind and gentle. He died while hiking up Mt. Sopris recently. He taught classes in making pottery. He believed spending time outdoors was more important than spending time indoors in offices. Many couples met on his hikes and enterred into marriages. He worked for the wildlife t-shirt company, and was very sensitive and supportive of everyone, coworkers and customers. He liked to stop on a hike and say something like ”Isn’t it just really beautiful".
Posted on October 15, 2015