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Knowing one's limits doesn't take away from the pleasure of hiking

Thanks to Jeff Greenwald for the honesty and awareness of his brilliant article on climbing Grand Teton ("This Is Just Grand," March 11). Repeating the reference to the quote from Val, "Enjoy what you can do when you can do it, and then do something else" hopefully brings that message home to your readers.

It is so easy to give up when physical challenges present themselves, especially to the aging boomer population that seems to think they're it's invincible and not old. Getting older is a gift. You're not going to be able to do all the things you did at a younger age, but that's OK. Do something else. So many people are insulted by their bodies as they age and experience new limitations, and angrily give up on physical challenges altogether.

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I totally respect Greenwald's point of view and congratulate him on making it to the Saddle. Sounded like a good and very insightful trip.

Thanks for sharing such a personal experience.

Linda Agnelli Carroll

Redondo Beach

Animal sanctuary

Although I enjoyed Sara Lessley's article on Kanab, Utah ("This Movie Star Is Well Connected," March 11), it was disappointing that she failed to mention one of Kanab's most important and famous attractions: Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.

Just five miles north of town, Best Friends is a temporary home to about 1,700 animals — cats, dogs, horses, pigs, birds and bunnies — on any given day, awaiting adoption in this, the largest no-kill sanctuary in the country. See www.bestfriends.org.

Kenn Morris

Los Angeles

A treat, indeed

"Santa Cruz Treat" by Jenny Carless (March 4) put a smile on my face. I grew up there in the '80s; it was a special place to live for many reasons, including the bakeries.

My sister and I would enjoy poppy seed muffins from Emily's Bakery on our way home from school, Kelly's French Bakery's croissants for treats in my high school French class, and delights from Gayle's, both sweet and savory, on family picnics at Venetian Court on the Capitola beach. Gayle's signature Princess Cakes were a favorite on our birthdays.

After the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989, when downtown Santa Cruz was left in shambles, Kelly's (along with other downtown retailers) set up shop in a tent and lifted the spirits of the community with its baked delights.

I now enjoy creating Santa Cruz bakery memories with my kids on our visits. Thanks for the treat.

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Megan Freitas

San Diego

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