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Camino de Santiago: A 500-Mile Pilgrimage for Park Preservation [The Conversation Fund]

My name is Jessica. I have been called an outdoorsy person, once or twice. I hike. I boulder. I trail run. I camp. My very first memory was going on a hike. My father has worked security for state & national parks for as long as I have known him, despite all of his short-coming I have learned to love & respect nature from him. He was leading me along a trail in the autumn, my toddler self kept complaining about the newly gifted hiking boots were hurting my feet. We paused a few times along the trail so my father could loosen the laces around my ankles to prevent blistering. When we finally got home & my father was taking off my boots, we discovered a giant beetle had crawled down the loosened ankles of my boots. I screamed & cried for hours after seeing the hard-shelled bug attached to my socks. My father kept taking me into the bathroom to show me my safe foot in the mirror after he released the beetle outside, …