Before saying yes or no, Wing asked me who else would be joining me.
“My wife,” I said.
“Good,” said Wing, “I have one of them now, too.”
Wondering if I was hearing things right, I asked Wing to clarify what he said.
Indeed, Wing is now a married man, having departed the ranks of bachelorhood on June 25, 2010. And he said would be bringing his new bride along to hike with us.
“She can hike faster than me,” said Wing, as if tempting me to make a sarcastic remark about his hike pace, which I refrained and restrained myself from doing.
“Good,” I said. “We look forward to meeting her.”
And we did meet her. And Wing is right. She can hike faster than he.
The write-up in the club schedule credits my wife and I for pioneering a new route that stems off the Maelieli trail. For the record, who also should be recognized as a pioneer is Wing, who joined us in scouting out the route last year.
In the map at left, the yellow dots are the usual route to Maelieli which begins along Kahekili Highway near Temple Valley Shopping Center and proceeds along a ridge to a WWII bunker (blue dot). The red dots follow the approximate route of the newest extended route that we scouted today.