June 15, 2007
Colin Fletcher began his epic travelogue, The Man Who Walked Through Time, with a brief disclaimer, explaining his curious habit of walking long distances to readers who he felt needed this sort of explanation. This was 1967, when backpacking itself needed extensive explanation. Before many Americans even had a context in which to fit Fletcher’s rich, meditative work. When the question, “You walked from here to where?” was a good deal more common than it might be these days.
Today, although many Americans still look with wonder and surprise at those who explore our beautiful country on foot, we at American Hiking Society have the luxury of pursuing our mission to protect foot trails and promote the hiking experience in a country where 70 million Americans took to the trails last year. More than ever before, we recognize that the health, economic, social and environmental benefits that are enjoyed by millions of Americans, are due in no small part, to the inspiring, earthy and awe-filled writings of Colin Fletcher. American Hiking Society mourns the loss of this pioneer and celebrates his life in profound gratitude of his example as a life led as a hiker, an activist and an artist par excellence.
The above was submitted by Seth Levy. Seth is the Manager of American Hiking Society's Western Public Lands Initiative.
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June 07, 2007
Four day-old Killdeer babies huddled together on the nest.
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June 06, 2007
An hours old Killdeer baby - born in front of my office in Chattanooga
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