Sunday, March 25, 2012

Conserve Our Planet

I am not hiking for a cause, but if I were (and maybe I will) this would be it...

If you are passionate about hiking, than you are passionate about our planet.  Our planet is an amazing yet fragile place that has evolved over millions of years - but it is under threat.  We have a duty to protect what we love, for ourselves and for our children.

My hike is about getting back to the source of all things - Nature - and then sharing that with people around me.  You may believe that the source of all things is God, but let's not get into semantics.  God = Nature and Nature = God.  Both words refer to the beauty that is in humanity and in this planet, that we need to preserve for future generations.

If nothing else, I would like to bring awareness to people about the destructive cycle we are, as a culture, engaged in:  to always move faster and faster and produce more and more.

I would like future generations to be able hike the Pacific Crest Trail and be absorbed in nature as I will have the great privilege to be.  If I can awaken even one person from the "consumerist machine" and give that person awareness of the impact our way of life has on our planet and our species, then I will feel successful.

This video has an amazing message.  Don't let the alarmist tone detract from enjoying the visual experience!  You may want to turn the volume off and play it with other music, but my hope is that you will come away feeling a greater sense of responsibility to our home.


  1. Hi Russ,

    When will you be leaving to start the hike? I'm planning on thru hiking as well and will be leaving from Phoenix.

  2. I am heading to ID for a week or two and then flying down to San Diego from there on the 25th.

    1. Russ, You got me thinking about the semantics of God and nature. The early Christians were big on semantics when they specified all their beliefs in the Apostles Creed. It begins, "I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth..." For them it wasn't a matter of God=Nature or Nature=God but rather God>Nature. Just something to ponder as you enjoy nature (a.k.a. creation) on the trail. Take care. Uncle Ron


PCT Northern Terminus

PCT Northern Terminus
On September 30, 2012 I reached the Northern Terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail. Thanks to everybody who supported and followed my journey. It was a life-changing experience!