The ‘Scoop’ on burros and autism

The latest book from Hal Walter on fatherhood, autism and the outdoors.

The latest book from Hal Walter on fatherhood, autism and the outdoors.

My man Hal Walter is on something of a virtual whirlwind tour of the digital media landscape.

Hal recently discussed burros, autism and “Nature Deficiency Syndrome” with the folks at the “Stable Scoop” podcast. He comes in around 21 minutes into the show to talk about how he has tried to share his love of burro racing specifically and the outdoors in general with his son, Harrison.

You can also catch Hal on “The Outspoken Cyclist,” from longtime friend of the DogS(h)ite Diane Jenks. Hal’s segment begins at 26:44.

Give him a listen in both places.

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4 Responses to “The ‘Scoop’ on burros and autism”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Those were very interesting conversations. Pack burro racing and I were born the same year! Hal really has a neat and novel way of looking at things, especially Harrison’s “neural diversity.”
    The weather here is turning nasty, and the better half is gone for a week to “ole Kentuck.” Might be time to open the bar and the living room theatre. A classic might go well with the darkening skies. Maybe the hi-def and restored “The Quiet Man” will do the trick.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Hal seems to cope pretty damn well. Better than I do. I will bitch and moan at the drop of a sombrero and drop the sombrero myself.

      Harrison’s latest thing seems to be what time is lunch time. During a late lunch in Salida one day he popped round to a few neighboring tables to ask, “What are you eating?” When they replied, “Pizza,” he’d said, “No, lunch or dinner?”

      There’s something going on in that kid’s head. It just takes the scenic route on the way out.

      I squeaked in a quick trails ride before the weather here goes sideways as forecast. Tomorrow I may be running. Or bitching and moaning. Maybe both.

      • David Rees Says:

        You’re getting the nasties that rolled through SoCal here the last three days. We desperately needed the aqua here but we just couldn’t handle the deluge. Things got damn ugly up north of us. But the snow pack in the Sierras looks good, so us Lost Angles folks here in the south will be able to continue to steal their water for our swimming pools and iced tea this summer. Personally, I’m thanking the Orange One for this.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Raining here this morning (actually, it started last night).

        We desperately need the moisture, too. I can’t complain about sunny and 50-something in January — I was seriously overdressed on yesterday’s short ride — but the critters and vegetation will suffer if we don’t start playing catchup on the precip.

        Man, Oregon has been getting hammered. Herself found some YouTube video of the polar bears and penguins at the Portland zoo enjoying what was something like 8 inches of snow the other day.

        All I remember from Corvallis was rain, rain and more rain. Also, and too, rain. Did I mention rain?

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