Keeping Up With Clayton

Keeping up with Clayton -- Welcome to this blog space...where fans and friends of Clayton Klein may gather to share the adventures of this inspiring nonagenarian. A native of Michigan, Clayton loves to spread the word about the beauty of our state and the health benefits of walking. Follow along. I know you'll come to appreciate his creative spirit and positive outlook about living life to the fullest, no matter what your age

Following the Footprints of Clayton Klein

From Paradise on the shores of Lake Superior (Longfellow's Gitche Gumee)to Hell (MI) and Beyond to Ohio...Fowlerville, Michigan's Clayton Klein celebrated his 90th birthday in 2009 and his 5th annual 420-mile walk for Michigan Hospice & Palliative Care Organization Sept. 4-28.

This year 2013, at 94, he's still walking, still trailblazing, and leading by example to raise awareness of the health benefits of walking.

Follow him on his journey... as he continues to leave footprints on the trail and on the hearts of many Michiganders.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Traveling down the middle of The Mitten

A week into the Paradise to Hell & Beyond to Ohio walk for Michigan Hospice Organization, Clayton Klein is walking downstate now, having reached Houghton Lake today from Grayling. Hospice folks met him in Gaylord on Thursday morning to walk a ways...and he was joined on the Friday walk to Waters/Grayling by three women and a man...and he was escorted by the Sheriff patrol going into town, he said. A great day, including a wonderful dinner at the local country club. Saturday was a rest day in Grayling...Houghton today, and on to Harrison tomorrow.

My husband, his dad and I caught up with Clayton and his daughter, Debbie, as he arrived in Indian River last Tuesday. We enjoyed a camp fire meal with them, a change of pace for Clayton's restaurant meals on the rest of the walk. Seems fitting, as Clayton, the longtime adventurer, once compiled a book of campfire poems.


  1. Cool blog mom. Good job!
    Congrats to Clayton on your amazing achievements! Walk on....

  2. Hey daughter! Thanks
    Had fun today Sept 17 with
    my IHS classmates, Clate, Doris Allen and
    her daughter, Marian, and cousin, Linda
    Now you have to get on Facebook to see all the good stuff about The Walking Man!