To Live A Longer Story

inspiring active outdoor lifestyles


I am often asked about the meals I take on trail with me. Here are a couple of my favorite homemade meals for backpacking.

  •  16-12-2022 09:35 PM

Hiking feels good and right with evidence of becoming a better me, like when I write. The science proves it.

  •  12-11-2022 08:33 PM

We get sidetracked by things that don’t matter. Set our path upon the road of things not soon forgotten.

  •  04-08-2022 08:54 PM

I think about the “what ifs” as I recall those events that seemed meaningless at the time but realize now that they were pivotal to where I am today.

  •  21-04-2022 08:31 PM

As each year draws to an end and the new one approaches, I inevitably find myself reflecting on the past year and doing some planning for the next.

  •  01-01-2022 09:50 PM

A recent trip to Croatia was another lesson in presence, living in the moment, and appreciating the blessing and importance of our place in the world.

  •  27-11-2021 11:15 PM

The fullness of a completed task is the reward. It consumes all the hardship and doubt experienced along the way. It owns the moment. So, hike on and do the hard thing. It's worth it.

  •  12-10-2021 10:00 AM
About image
The good life starts with being present and being on purpose.
We should all follow the path that makes our life meaningful and makes us content in body, mind, and spirit.
I'm David Ashley, David on Earth when I'm on trail. And I am SO thrilled you are reading this.

A little about me: I've been happily married for all my adult life to the same wonderful woman.
She gave me two beautiful girls who blessed me with four grandchildren and two great-grandsons.
Currently I live in Colorado, but I've lived throughout the Midwest and traveled the world for 20 years when I was in the United States Air Force and now working with an international software consulting firm.

On this website I bring you stories of the trail and insights from my pursuit of the good life. I've logged thousands of trail miles over the past 10 years. In 2018 I hiked the 500-mile Colorado Trail. In 2020 I began my section hike of the Arizona Trail. I've also hiked trails in Utah, Wyoming and Michigan.

Please enjoy this website, my YouTube channel, and my Rumble channel. You can also find me on MeWe and Instagram. Drop me a note. I'd love to hear from you by commenting in the blog or via any of my social media connections.

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