During the summer of 2008, I participated in a walk that was organized by a group called "Voices for Creative Nonviolence."
Here is a link to the Voices for Creative Nonviolence website:
People from Voices for Creative Nonviolence visit war zones and focus on forming relationships with ordinary civilians living in dangerous areas. In 2008, their focus was on Iraq. Voices for Creative Nonviolence organized a walk, called the Witness Against War walk, that started in Chicago on July 12th and ended in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on September 1st. The total distance was approximately 500 miles. The goal was to draw attention to the suffering that ordinary people experienced in war zones. Several of the walkers had spent time in Iraq. Some had brought medicine and toys to Iraq in violation of the sanctions in the 1990s. There were also people from Voices from Creative Nonviolence who were in Iraq during the “shock and awe” bombing campaign in 2003. One of our walkers was an Iraq war veteran, who had joined the U.S. Army shortly after 9/11. He experienced the horrors of war first hand. After he left the military, he became a member of “Iraq Veterans Against the War.”
We walked anywhere from six to nineteen miles per day. Occasionally, we had rest days, when we could relax, sightsee, climb steep hills, draw, paint, or practice musical instruments. The story that I am telling today is about the joys and hazards of nature.