PC Hiking Club Diary

Hikers Begin New Season Talking Like Pirates

Standing, left to right: Dana Thomas, Lynn Warren (photographer), Leon Mosse, Jan Larson, Barb Kripps, Clare Bangs, Bill Halte, Dave Schuldt, Art Solorio, Kerry Walsh, Tom Wick, Bob McDermott, Stacey Miller, and Steve McElroy; kneeling, left to right: Kay Thomas, Eileen Lords-Mosse, Kris Raczkiewicz, Mary Hill, Pam Marshall, and Laurie Rosenbloom. It was a great turnout of hiking club members to kick off the 2022-23 season, posing in Estrella Foothills Community Park after an early morning hike to celebrate National Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Lynn Warren

Sept. 19 was the 20th anniversary of National Talk Like a Pirate Day and, coincidentally, the first hike of the 2022-23 hiking club season. Club hikers obviously enjoy hiking, but also enjoy socializing and having fun, and so scheduled easy 5-mile hikes which would be appropriate for all levels of hikers. After completing the hikes in nearby Estrella Foothills (south of PebbleCreek), club members enjoyed an early social hour in Goodyear’s adjacent Estrella Foothills Community Park and enjoyed talking like a pirate, telling silly pirate jokes, and consuming tasty snacks. Why not join the club and participate in a great 2022-23 season? Visit the club website at pchikers.org for more information and photos.

Hiker Achieves Initial Milestone

Left to right: Neal Wring, Dave Schuldt, Carol Rice, Art Solorio, Sandy Mednick, Leon Mosse, Charlene Elijew, Phil Stegmann, Debbie Stegmann, Mark Frumkin, Dennis Zigmunt, Kelly Wood, Stacey Miller, Eileen Lords-Mosse, Alex Elijew, and Kris Raczkiewicz, pausing on a hike in FINS to celebrate Stacey’s milestone. (Photo by Kay Thomas)

Kris Raczkiewicz

The hiking club’s newest “rookie” of the year, Stacey Miller, was born in Washington State but spent most of his adult life in Wisconsin. After retiring from a successful career as an insurance agent, Stacey and wife, Laurie, followed their daughter to Arizona, living for a short time in Ahwatukee where Stacy found a love of hiking on the trails of South Mountain. Recognizing the advantages of active adult living ultimately led the couple to PebbleCreek, where Stacey joined the hiking club. He has been a club member for only one year, but in that time has established his credentials as a strong hiker, winning Rookie of the Year for the 2021-22 season. On Oct. 4 while hiking at nearby FINS (Fantasy Island Northern Singletrack), Stacey reached the important initial milestone of 1,000 miles. Stacey and his fellow 16 hikers, including some new club hikers, celebrated the occasion with orange juice, champagne, and cookies. Join the club and pursue your own milestones with a great group of people. Visit the club website at pchikers.org for more information and photos.