Jamestown, N.Y. – What would you experience if you could walk 3,600 miles through much of the wilderness of the western United States?
Jake Prindle-Cassidy did just that from March to October last year. His presentation “A Walk Across the West” at Audubon Community Nature Center’s First Friday Lunch Bunch, 11 a.m. on May 4, chronicles this adventure.
Prindle-Cassidy is a native of Kiantone, New York. After graduating from the University of Rochester in December of 2016, he decided to pursue his passion by taking a long walk.
Beginning his trip in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas, he forded many rivers flooded with snowmelt runoff while the region ushered in the springtime. After completing the 180 miles of the Ozark Highlands Trail, he flew to Phoenix where he began hiking the Grand Enchantment Trail.
Nearly 800 desert miles later, after lengthy water carries, cross-country traverses, and even drinking out of cow troughs, Prindle-Cassidy arrived in Albuquerque. From there, he flew to San Diego and began his long-time goal of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.
The Pacific Crest Trail took him through the deserts of southern California, the snow-covered Sierra, a smoky northern California and Oregon, and the alpine regions of Washington. Upon reaching the northern terminus in Canada, he continued his adventure as he hiked 65 miles across the Olympic National Park before returning home.
A BYO brown bag lunch and conversation follow the program, with coffee and tea provided.
The fee for attending is $8 or $6 for Nature Center Members. Registrations are accepted online on the Programs page at auduboncnc.org through Thursday, May 3. Walk-ins are welcome.
Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. To learn more, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or visit the Programs page at auduboncnc.org.
Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.