To Live A Longer Story

inspiring active outdoor lifestyles


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.

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.

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.

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.

Intense clarity is the perfect way to describe the experience of hiking up to an alpine lake the Sangre de Cristo mountains.

Until recently, my life has been a game of stockpiling awards and acolytes. But now I have chosen to put aside the idea that I need to win what is valued by someone else.

Hiking the Uinta Highline Trail in northern Utah is a great place to unplug and reconnect.

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 one great grandson.
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 7 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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