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.


nan shartel July 7, 2011 @ 2:17 p.m.

hang in Jerry...it'll b a difficult hike...but u know how to do that ;-D


Twister July 12, 2011 @ 10:37 p.m.

There yet remains a noble heart and thought, a setting aside of personal ego, even in the midst of fear. We seem to come together, giving up our complaints if only for a while. What but that we would always come thus together bareing our love so openly and continuously as a matter of common practice?

Jerry, I have already commented elsewhere, but I again wish you well; my spouse is a cancer survivor, and I hope that you beat this painful disease soon.

And thanks to all who have expressed their love and respect for Jerry. I can no longer hike, but if I could, I would gladly carry you to the mountain top. In a sense, my limited mobility has been a kind of "gift," in the sense that it has opened my mind to those who are more seriously limited than I, including those too ill to hike. I have found compensation in being closer to those close to me (and learning how to avoid, at least some of the time, driving them nuts). I hope you have those closer to you than I am, but you can count on me to share this challenge with you if you say so, and how you say so.


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