Via Andrew Sullivan's blog - Seventeen hundred miles hiked. Ninety pounds lost. One inspiring beard.
My father thru-hiked the Appalachian trail at the age of sixty-five, and has since hiked large sections of the Pacific Crest Trail and the Intercontinental Divide Trail, so this video, in addition to introducing me to some new music - seriously go check it out - stirred the emotional pot. Like him, I love a good long walk. Unlike him, I don't have the miles to my credit. But spending several months hiking through some of the most gorgeous scenery this country has to offer confers on the explorer perspective-changing, head-clearing, two-feet-standing sense that is comparable to few things in life. The beard, truly epic, almost makes up for the body odor.