Jeff Smith noon, March 8
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- Hiking San Diego
A Sad Day for All San Diego Hikers
If you're a hiker in San Diego, chances are that on your bookshelf, in your car, or better yet, in your pack, you own Jerry Schad's Afoot & Afield in San Diego.
I, among many hikers, would consider this to be the San Diego hikers' bible. I received mine last year. Friend and fellow hiker Derek Loranger told me about it and finally gave me his old one. It had been well taken care of, except for many Post-It notes that had notations of each hike he had done.
As I read through each hike, I can tell that the man who wrote this book spent many hours and miles on just about every trail in San Diego. I could tell this man had a passion for hiking and the outdoors. I knew at this very moment I held in my hand, gold.
So, today, I was amiss to find that Jerry Schad, also a writer for San Diego Reader's Roam-O-Rama, will not longer write his columns, due to his stage-4 cancer. I have found that his columns have always been informative, entertaining, and I have always looked forward to another.
Jerry, it's sad to see that you have stopped writing. I will miss your words of knowledge. I hope with every bone in my body that you will continue to remain strong. You are a living legend of San Diego and will be for many years to come. You are in our prayers and our thoughts.