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, May 19, 2013

A Time to Celebrate! Come Walk With Me at Hudson Mills Metro Park on June 15

Hudson Mills has paved trails like this one at Fowlerville Community Park - photo taken of Clayton Klein in May 2013 as we walked and talked about the gathering of walkers at Hudson Mills Metro Park on June 15. Bring your cameras!

*You’re invited to kick off summer with Michigan’s Walking Man: 10:30am – 2pm Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Hudson Mills Metro Park south of Pinckney and just around the corner from Hell.
You know that guy who walked to Hell from Paradise? And, beyond Hell to Ohio? And he walked that 420 miles for the benefit of Michigan’s Hospice program? Five times?
Yes, our own Walking Man, Clayton Klein. And, yes, the last walk was four years ago – September 2009 – the year Clayton became a nonagenarian!  Since then, he’s written his memoirs: My First 90 Years. Perhaps you walked with “Ole Clate” or perhaps you cheered him on and supported the cause. Maybe you’ve been enjoying reading all the escapades and adventures in his book… including his travels on the big walk. Well, Hell is beautiful this time of year. And, we think that a celebration is in order.
So, we’re inviting you to spend a little while catching up with Ole Clate at Hudson Mills Metropark, a wonderful place in Hell’s neighborhood.  The park is located on Territorial Road West of US 23 and south of Pinckney. Please note: There’s a $5 per vehicle fee for day use.  Turn right at the booth to River Grove parking lot, and we’ll be there.  
*Directions: For your GPS, the address is: 8801 N. Territorial Rd, Dexter, MI. From M-52, take M-36 to Pinckney, then south (at light) on Dexter-Pinckney Rd to Territorial, then, east to the park on the right-hand side. From US-23, go west on Territorial to the park, on left.
We’ll meet at 10:30am allowing time to walk (there are two 4-mile paved trails) or bike. Or bring your kayak for a float down the Huron River that runs through the park.  Or sit and relax awhile,  enjoying  the beautiful scenery with the company of Clayton fans.
Bring picnic supplies:  whatever food and drinks you’d like, chairs, blankets, etc. We’ll provide hot dogs and chips, cake and perhaps some iced tea.  We’ll picnic at 12:30. We’ve set the end-time at 2pm so there’d be time for a stop at Hell’s little ice cream shop on your way back home. (From the park, take Territorial west to Dexter-Pinckney Rd  and back north to Darwin Road, and drive west to Hell.)
We hope, among the many events going on that day, that you can fit part or all into your schedule.  If you enjoy this gathering, perhaps we can plan a future walkabout at another location. It would be fun to keep the Walking Man Club going.
Bring your family and let us know if you’re coming and how many. You can call Clayton at 517-223-8135 or email him  / or email Sue Parcheta at  (phone 517-281-2014). You can also message Susan G Parcheta on Facebook. By all means, be sure you are fans on the Clayton Klein, the Walking Man page at Facebook.  That’s a good place for keeping up with Clayton!
Looking forward to seeing you at Hudson Mills June 15. Metroparks link:
Booksigning note: Clayton will have books there, and will be glad to autograph a copy for you.

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