The Message is the Journey: Trail Therapy with Steve Fugate

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February 21, 2017 by katmcdaniel

In the spirit of our walking theme, here’s an oldie from 2015. Pretty sure Steve is still out there walking.


A snaggle-toothed and grizzled man walks along the road, supplies for his journey rolling behind him. How do you react?

© Doria Anselmo used in accordance with Fair Use Policy© Doria Anselmo used in accordance with Fair Use Policy

To be honest, people who share the road with Steve Fugate feel a great number of uncomfortable emotions, including compassion, fear, pity, and even disgust. There are those who think someone should help get this man off the road and those who think he should settle down and get a job. There are others who try to understand the meaning of his journey and the sign that hangs over his head, proclaiming “Love life”. It’s worth trying to understand.

My creed is to mend the broken heart while it is yet beating. –Steve Fugate

In 1999, while hiking the Appalachian Trail, Steve received word that his beloved son had shot himself. After leaving the trail to bury his son, he…

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