The Dog Stars

  • February 16, 2013 · 9:00 AM

Hike is Betasso Preserve - Canyon Loop Trail.

3.3 mile loop, easy to moderate difficulty.

Elevation gain 644 ft.

No mountain bikes allowed on Saturdays, but dogs are welcome.

More information at
We will stil meet at Vic's on Broadway and carpool ot the trailhead.  Given the number of people we will need a few folks to drive, so clean out your back seat it you are willing to help with transport!

Book: The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
(description from Amazon)
“Leave it to Peter Heller to imagine a postapocalyptic world that contains as much loveliness as it does devastation. His hero, Hig, flies a 1956 Cessna (his dog as copilot) around what was once Colorado, chasing all the same things we chase in these pre-annihilation days: love, friendship, the solace of the natural world, and the chance to perform some small kindness. The Dog Stars is a wholly compelling and deeply engaging debut.” —Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted
A riveting, powerful novel about a pilot living in a world filled with loss—and what he is willing to risk to rediscover, against all odds, connection, love, and grace.

Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life—something like his old life—exists beyond the airport. Risking everything, he flies past his point of no return—not enough fuel to get him home—following the trail of the static-broken voice on the radio. But what he encounters and what he must face—in the people he meets, and in himself—is both better and worse than anything he could have hoped for.

Narrated by a man who is part warrior and part dreamer, a hunter with a great shot and a heart that refuses to harden, The Dog Stars is both savagely funny and achingly sad, a breathtaking story about what it means to be human.

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  • Valerie

    Great book, nice hike on a beautiful day

    February 16, 2013

  • Valerie

    [masked] call me!

    February 16, 2013

  • Valerie

    I'm at the wrong vics

    February 16, 2013

  • Lynn C.

    I got the crud going around don't ant to spread it

    February 16, 2013

  • Nick

    Enjoyed the book.. but am at home sick with the cold/fl/creeping crunge - whatever it is that is going around.

    February 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, have to work.

    February 15, 2013

  • Ethan M.

    Hate to bale at the 11th hr, esp as I truly enjoyed the read & was very much looking forward to the experience. Hopefully there's someone on the waiting list excited and able to take my spot. Hope to catch the next one. Enjoy!

    February 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I won't make this one, although I wish I could since I like Peter Heller's books.

    February 10, 2013

  • Kathi F.

    Sorry I won't be able to make it. Catch you next time. Kathi

    February 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I noticed you read "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed. My favorite book this year. Will see you on the 16th.

    February 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    hoping for good weather, but an excellent book.

    January 20, 2013

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