The Idita Walk used to be one of my favorite yearly events. It was run by Nome Boy Scouts and they raised money for their troop. They charged $10.00 and you received a pin when you completed 1049 minutes of walking from Feb 1 - 31 March. It was an easy challenge and people would add to the challenge-things like signing up first. Doing the most minutes. Reaching the goal the soonest. They were not official challenges but there was a list of everyone who signed up in order and you could track everyone's success.
Unfortunately they no longer hold this event. I had to remove it from my site as the last event was in 2017 and it was run by a community and I felt like it was not as great as it could have been.
I enjoyed knowing that my money was helping a troop in a very small community and I thought this was such a clever way to raise money and meet people and get people out exercising during the winter at least 30 minutes a day. The point of the Idita Walk was following the real sled race in minutes versus miles.
My hope is someone will bring back this event and make it even stronger.
Another event that is no longer is the Burning Boot Walk in BC. Sadly that has not been held for many years. It was a fun grueling walk.
This is a film that was taken 4 days before the Earthquake in San Francisco in 1906.
This link has two films the one taken before the earthquake and the 60 Minutes story about the film.
I also found this footage that has sound. www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Q5Nur642BU
From the perspective of a walking advocate it is striking to see the people walking and streaming across the street and the vehicles are not so bothered by it.
It's a wonderful piece of history and of course tinged with sadness for the disaster and the lives lost.
Pacific Crest Trail / A Walk Across the United States
Why I Got Off the Pacific Crest Trail After 454 Miles Instead of Walking All the Way to Canada by Vanessa 2/5/18 Autostraddle
I appreciate this article. She shares an honest story about not finishing the PCT. For reasons that need to be brought out in the open.
It is also a good reminder that there are people who don't finish the PCT and those stories are not as popular as the ones about people who are completing the PCT. I think we do a disservice by not listening to all the stories.
Not everyone survives hiking the PCT. Scout
I saw this article this evening and I thought it was important to share.
Inside the Mind of Thru-Hiking's Most Devious Con Man, I think the title says it all. In this age of social media I think it is important to be informed.
From slimming your waistline to improving your heart health to boosting your mood, there’s little doubt about the benefits of walking, especially for the baby boomer generation. And when you add in the beautiful scenery and fresh air that a nature trail can offer, it’s easy to see why our state and national parks serve as such popular places for people to get their steps in.
But a walking trail at a natural park can be tricky to navigate in more ways than one as it isn’t just uneven footing or wildlife you need to watch out for. Trails come in a wide variety of length, steepness, difficulty, altitude and more and choosing the right type of trail for you is as important as pulling on the right kind of walking shoes.
That’s why we’ve put together this extensive guide that identifies the top trails for baby boomers. Each one is located in a state or national park and they are all sorted by state, distance, elevation, activity type (walking, hiking, biking, etc.) and level of difficulty, along with a brief description of each. Use this information to find a trail near you that best fits your walking needs. Submitted by KS. (Submitted to this site through my contact form.)
Jobbler of the Month October, 2017
I downloaded the Jobble app onto my phone and started picking up event work. I was focusing on 5km race events. Over the months I was very impressed with this company's work. I received my payments for the work done within 5-7 business days. They keep in touch throughout the process of being hired by the business who is hiring until they issue payment for the work done. The business that is hiring communicates very clearly.
I was so pleased to see that this company was not a scam business.
I did not realize they keep track of their "jobblers" and have employees of the month. I was very pleasantly surprised.
Wear comfortable shoes: St. Paul hosts national conference for walkers
Star Tribune St Paul
I attended this conference as part of my America Walks College Fellowship 2017.
From Atlas Obscura published July 25, 2017 by Sommer Mathis
A fun and easy guide with a few easy tricks for navigating.
Nature's best Wayfinding Secrets
This has been a tragic unfolding in the Columbia Gorge. A fire started by a young teen shooting fireworks into Eagle Creek Canyon while his friends took videos and laughed about this.
The Columbia Gorge near Cascade Locks is where PCT through hikers come to cross the Bridge of the Gods into Washington. The Gorge is where Multnomah Falls is plus many falls along the scenic Columbia Highway.
It is so close to Portland it was like our backyard. A beautiful backyard.
Change happens and it will come back but the Columbia Gorge that people have come to visit and love has been changed forever through one simple act of carelessness.
I am an avid walker and hiker. My favorite is a long hike. I also enjoy taking off and going on a meandering walk for a few hours. I've hiked rim to rim in the Grand Canyon and I did 3 Burning Boot Walks on Vancouver Island.