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.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Happy 175th Birthday to Michigan! And a salute to our Walking Man, Clayton Klein!

From Left: Clayton Klein, Marya Parcheta Lipiec, Andy Parcheta
Michigan celebrates 175 years today. I've lived in this beautiful state all my life. I grew up in the Middle of the Mitten  in Gratiot County...and I've grown to love Southeastern Michigan in the years after college. But all the rest of this wonderful Great Lakes State, I love to explore with my  family...and there are miles to go

I gained a huge appreciation for this amazing state during the years I wrote about Clayton Klein, Michigan's own Walking Man, soon to be 93 years old, who continues to walk daily. For five Septembers, 2005 to 2009, he walked the entire length of our state (425 miles) on behalf of Hospice of Michigan. My favorite portion is always the Bridge Walk on Labor Day weekend -- Upper and Lower. 

Yes,"if you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you." Our state motto is a great affirmation of this magificent place on the planet. Walking the highways and byways, exploring the natural wonders found here, will keep you strong and young at heart. I guarantee it!

And today, here is what our Senator Debbie Stabenow writes about this time for Michigan in 2012: 

Today, we celebrate the 175th birthday of the Great State of Michigan! On January 26, 1837, President Andrew Jackson signed the law giving Michigan statehood. And what an incredible 175 years it has been!

As I was watching the State of the Union on Tuesday, I couldn’t get over how many times President Obama mentioned Michigan. At one point, Vice President Biden pointed at me and smiled – the President just couldn’t stop talking about all the good things we’re doing!

Our auto companies are making a remarkable comeback. We’re investing in the future with clean energy manufacturing, advanced battery technology, and new opportunities like bio-based manufacturing. In fact, Michigan now leads the country in new clean energy patents, and last month, we were first in the nation for economic growth.

As Chair of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, I traveled all across Michigan earlier this month to talk about the success of our agriculture sector. One in four jobs already comes from agriculture, and we expect to keep growing those jobs in the next few years.

We’re not out of the woods by any means, but the momentum is certainly with us. So today, as Michigan turns 175 years old, let’s celebrate some of the things that make the Great Lakes State so great!