Take a moment to imagine your favorite place. Imagine the place where you go to think, clear your mind, explore, relax or find pure bliss. Is it your grandmother’s living room with that old shag carpet? Is it the neighborhood park you grew up playing cops and robbers in? Perhaps it’s a sandy beach or a snow-covered mountain? Wherever it might be, imagine what it looks and feels like to find litter scattered throughout that special place.
That is the exact reality that led me to a journey of picking up litter for 365 consecutive days. On May 30, 2017, I went for a hike at my favorite place in Austin, the Barton Creek Green Belt. During that
That’s when the idea for 365 Days of Hiking was born. I thought, what if I lead by example and start picking up trash when I hike? What if I challenge myself to do it every single day, rain or shine, for an entire year? I immediately started to imagine what kind of impact that could have on the environment and on other people who might see me doing it along the way. At that point, with garbage overflowing from my two bare hands, I knew what I had to do.That very day, I took a photo of the trash I found. Documenting and sharing my findings was going to be a key element to spreading awareness, and
Fast forward nearly 200 days since that fateful hike on the Green Belt and so many crazy, wonderful things have happened that I never imagined. I’ve had both close friends and complete strangers tell me they were inspired by me to pick up trash on their morning jog or while walking the dog. I’ve heard moms whisper to their kids “she’s picking up a trash, it’s important not to litter” while I’m out for my daily hike. I’ve had countless people tell me
I thought, what if I lead by example and start picking up trash when I hike? What if I challenge myself to do it every single day, rain or shine, for an entire year?
Julie Sondecker, 365 Days of Hiking