How about a Coast to Coast Hiking Trail?
Some years ago a few of us got together and had an idea that a hiking trail across America would provide an unequalled opportunity to slowly see our great nation in all its glory.
We got serious and put together a plan for a major event that would both publicize the idea and scout a route. We gave it the name Hikanation.
I had a magazine in which we could get the attention of hikers to see if we could interest enough of them to want to give it a try.
We had already founded a national hiking organization, AHS, the American Hiking Society.
We proposed the idea to the board and received overwhelming support. And we got just as resounding interest from my Backpacker magazine readers.
Thus, on April 12, 1980 a large group of hikers got together with us in a downtown church basement in San Francisco to get started on this 4200-mile adventure.