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The good life starts with being present and living with purpose.
We should all follow the path that makes our life meaningful and affirms our 'why' in body, mind, and spirit.

Hi, I'm David Ashley. I've adopted the name "David on Earth" as a trail name, the less formal identity that accompanies me on every adventure out in the wilds of nature.

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, who again blessed me with two great-grandsons.

Currently I live in Colorado, but I've lived throughout the midwestern United States and traveled the world for the first 20 years of my adult life when I was in the United States Air Force, and then some afterwards. For a little while longer I'll continue working for an international software consulting firm. And then I'll begin a new adventure: retirement. I'm not exactly sure what that will look like yet, but I'm sure it will include time on trails and in wild places I've never been.

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 years. In 2018 I hiked the 500-mile Colorado Trail. In 2020 I began section hiking the Arizona Trail and recorded another 100 miles of desert floors and sky islands in 2024. I've also hiked trails in Utah, Wyoming and Michigan. God willing, as long as I can move, I will add to this list of places.

I hope you enjoy this website and my YouTube channel. You can also find me on Instagram. I'd love to hear from you by commenting in the blog on this site or via YouTube or Instagram.

Now, stop reading this and go live like you want it! I'll see you on the trail!