I spent much of my childhood in the frost-tipped mountains of Colorado with my father, carrying everything I needed to survive on my back. On every Coloradan trail, there is a dominatingly large, weathered board at the trailhead. My father always paused to explain the regulations and warnings listed on these boards to me. He’d bend down to my level, put his hand on my shoulder, and remind me that the forest is a place where we come to observe — never to take.
He’d always say, “Leave No Trace.”
He’d explain, as I looked into his blue eyes, that I must always be aware of others: of people, animals, plants, ecosystems, and the planet as a whole. He taught me that I am not alone in the world, and it is my duty to show regard for all life.
I grew up under that simple adage: “Leave no trace.” Like many children, I often needed a phrase or story to fully understand a concept. But now, as an adult, I’ve condensed the premise of that saying into one word: respect.
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