Wilderness is a resource of wisdom. Wilderness requires that we wrestle. Wilderness prompts us to rest. Wilderness calls us to return with our spirits in tact ready to cultivate and sustain cultures of compassion.
At the end of the trail, we paused on the last bridge. And I suppose it’s not fair for me to speak for every soul there, but I know that my steps at the end of the walk felt lighter than the steps I took when we set out to offer our contribution to the formation of the trail.
He called wilderness “a symbol of a way of life that can nourish the spirit”. He described it as the source of equilibrium in a world that is otherwise often antagonistic to sanity. He wrestled to illuminate the wilderness experience as “an intangible something compounded of the countless intimacies” that we know when we pay attention to our surroundings. He called wilderness a “spiritual necessity”.
If you are one of the helpers: Wherever you are, I hope that knowing of our walk gives you comfort, motivation and solidarity in your commitment - against the odds - to making the world a better place.