Pacific Crest Trail
[Blog] The Pacific Crest Trail’s History & Rise to Prominence

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Author: Robbie Faselt “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” -John Muir The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is one of the most well-known long-distance hiking trails in the world. It spans 2,663 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border to the U.S.-Canada border and changes in elevation … Continue reading

Hurricane Katrina
An AmeriCorps Volunteer’s Story: ‘The Government Wasn’t There’


Arielle Krasner shares her experience as a disaster relief volunteer for AmeriCorps in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina and other subsequent storms. She describes her motivation to assist others and recounts the dramatic devastation she saw in the Gulf, witnessing houses that were “completely washed away” and its remains strewn … Continue reading

Eritrean War of Independence
Facing Guerillas, Soldiers & Death During the Eritrean War

Author: Victor Englebert “‘Say your payers for you’re going to die,’ and with that he dropped the stick, pulled a revolver from his belt, and came around the jeep to put it to my head…” In 1967, Ras (Prince) Mengesha, son-in-law of Ethiopia’s emperor Haile Selassie, wrote to National Geographic that … Continue reading

2010 Haiti Earthquake
‘The Wall Fell on My Hand…’


Rachel Lunique, survivor of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, tells her story of being trapped under pounds of concrete for two days after running back into her apartment building in order to save her next door neighbor. Fortunately, someone was able to dig her out. Lunique goes into the depletion of resources in … Continue reading

Dust Bowl
‘He’s a Farmer, He Isn’t Gonna Quit’

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In this in-depth interview, Dust Bowl survivor Lowell Kastner talks about the adverse impact that the severe dust storms that plagued the prairie lands in the U.S. and Canada during the 1930s had on his father’s cattle business. Kastner imparts how his memories of the Dust Bowl, also known as … Continue reading

1980 Eruption of Mount St. Helens
Witnessing the Mount St. Helens Eruption

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US Geological Survey (USGS) scientists that were present during the eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980 discuss what has been called one of the most dramatic geologic events in U.S. history. They explain what they saw, the destruction that the blast created, and the concern they felt … Continue reading