But unlike the railway the trailway must preserve (and develop) a certain environment. Otherwise its whole point is lost. The railway “opens up” a country as a site for civilization; the trailway should “open up” a country as an escape from civilization…The path of the trailway should be as “pathless” as possible; it should be the minimum consistent with practical accessibility.
Benton MacKaye, founding meeting of the Appalachian Trail Conference, March 2-3, 1925
In few regions of the world, certainly nowhere else in the United States, are found such a varied and priceless collection of the sculptured masterpieces of nature as adorn, strung like pearls, the mountain ranges of Washington, Oregon and California. The Pacific Crest Trailway is the cord that binds this necklace.
Sometimes you are presented with something that puts existence into proper focus. For many this discloses itself through their religion, nature or a general rational philosophy. Inevitably the wave flows through a person or people. A friend on Facebook shared this video of Stephen Jepson and it reminded me of how personal originality and self-confidence afford us what I consider a revolution of self. This mindful defiance serves to instill hope and happiness for no other reason than to celebrate life.
Well they blew the horns And the walls came down They’d all been warned But the walls came down I don’t think there are any Russians And there ain’t no Yanks Just corporate criminals playin’ with tanks