This is a post from John Brennan that appeared in 50Milehikers.ning.com - was originally posted as the "Summer of 62'" on Jan 5, 2010, Not sure the dating here because the 50-mile hike took off in 1963, but the article sure demonstrates the spirit of the times. Did California lead the way?
The Summer of '62?
What made the year especially memorable for me was a hike I took with two fellow thirteen-year old school friends. Mind you, this was no ordinary jaunt, and no ordinary event.