Hi, I’m David Higham, and I would like to welcome you to the Earthly Wanderer. The main focus of this blog will be to highlight the various trails that I have explored while also providing a descriptive account of them. Ultimately, my goal is to inspire people to go outside and explore their natural surroundings and realize just how lucky we are to live on such a beautiful and unique planet.
Why I Started This Blog
The idea behind this blog came at a time when I was working two jobs. Specifically, I was working at Forward Air in the mornings as a forklift operator, unloading heavy freight off of trucks coming in from all over the United States. Shortly after my shift ended, I would then go to work at the nearby UPS warehouse in the evenings as a package handler. As a result of this, I would not typically get home until around 10:30 at night only to have to wake up at 5:30 every morning and repeat the whole process over again for the next year and a quarter. Needless to say, I was miserable and started to get depressed about not having any free time to do anything except sleep. I literally felt as if I were wandering the earth aimlessly with no purpose whatsoever.
After feeling like this for so long, I knew that it was time for a change. I could feel a renaissance period coming on in my life with each passing day that was so strong, I simply had to make it happen. Yes, I even had one of those moments where nature inspired me to take the next step in my journey. At one point in June, I remember getting out of work early to see the sunset behind the Rocky Mountains, and I just realized how truly blessed I was even though I was really struggling through life.
To get out of the rut that I found myself in, I decided to sit down and think about what I was passionate about. After a few minutes, I realized that being outside and exploring nature had always been my way of enjoying life and forgetting about everything that was going on around me. Having grown up in rural Pennsylvania, I was around nature day in and day out and had always felt a close connection to it. In fact, I even obtained a bachelors degree in Geography from Bowling Green State University in Ohio simply for the fact that I had always a keen appreciation for the world and its natural splendor. With that, the idea to start this blog was born!