A guest post BY SHAWN BOLKER
Shawn Bolker is a member of California State Parks Foundation. He completed the Defend What’s Yours Challenge in 2012 to show his support for California state parks.
Ever since I was two years old, my family and I have had the tradition of spending time outdoors and of also volunteering to protect our natural surroundings. The outdoors must be preserved for future generations. It is important to have a natural place to ground people when they are moving all around, to stay in touch with the earth and just to mellow down.
I really like to hike, backpack, and photograph waterfalls. Now that I am a teenager, my dirty old hiking boots and I often head out to explore nature. My hiking boots lead the way and my camera is in my hand to capture and reflect what is around me.
I also enjoy researching an area before I take off to explore. My comfortable, warm and funky hiking boots remind me of where I have been and all that I would like to discover.