Passion for Hiking Inspires Author

Keith Stelter joined the US Navy in the early 1950’s. Keith was the photographer on the aircraft carrier Tichadonera. Keith recalls that in 1951 this ship supplied power to Cuba. It was also the first carrier to have an Army plane land on it. Keith served in the US Navy for four years.

After the military, Keith continued his career as a photographer. He attended Illinois Institute of Technology where he studied photography. When he retired from his career in photography, he began another life journey, as a writer. Since the age of five, Keith always had a passion for hiking.

Keith has written ten books on hiking, each one authentic to his own personal hiking experience. Just a few of the books Keith has worked on include A Falcon Guide: Best Easy Day Hikes Austin, A Falcon Guide: Best Hikes Near Austin, and A Falcon Guide: Best Easy Day Hikes San Antonio.

Keith Stelter details the best hikes within an hour’s drive of the greater Austin/San Antonio area perfect for the urban and suburbanite hard-pressed to find great outdoor activities close to home. Each featured hike includes detailed hike specs, a brief hike description, trailhead location, directional cues, and a detailed map. Currently, he is working on his 11th hiking book.

“An excellent resource for all who want to explore the outdoors. The color photographs, stories about the area, and hike descriptions, which tell you what to expect on the trail, make it especially suitable for families. His books are informative and fun and inspire you to get outside,” said Chris Holmes, outdoor program coordinator, Texas State Parks.

Keith has seven children. His last two children are twins. He jokes that his wife told him they had to stop having children when they started coming out in pairs. He enjoys his independent living at The Heritage Tomball. His favorite part of living in a senior living community is having the friendship and comradery of other residents at meal time and during activities.

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