Today was not unlike most any other Sunday, doing chores to prepare for the upcoming week and catching up on podcasts, however today I happened to stumble on one episode of The Dirtbag Diaries from their archives that touched me deeply and I felt it warranted a quick blog post to share it with you guys.
The episode originally aired on January 22, 2016, which does make it a little dated but the theme is one that is even older – mans calling and capacity for helping his fellow man and in my experience there is an abundance of this philosophy and ethos in the hiker community.
We got a call from Australia. M’Lynn’s husband, Paul, passed away this past July. He left behind three pairs of polished hiking boots and a backpack packed for his dream hike: the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail.
She had an idea for one final gift for her husband. “How good would it be,” she asked, “for his boots to make the journey even if Paul could not?” We want to make it happen.
Be forewarned you might find the allergies flaring up as you listen to the episodes and watch the film (links to all three episodes and the REI hosted movie below), making the eyes water a bit but I am confident you will come away from the experience with a renewed sense of hope in mankind. And if you are a lover of the trail like me, you will be especially moved by our community and when asked next “what are you?” – you will proudly say “I’m a hiker!”.