Walk for a Walk’s Sake

NG Explorer-in-Residence Mike Fay walks into the Sonoran Desert accompanied by a quote from naturalist and philosopher Henry David Thoreau. Photo by Andrew Howley/NGS.


Inspired by the words and actions of the many explorers who came to NG headquarters last week for the 2012 Explorers Symposium, we pass on these words of wisdom from 19th-century American naturalist and philosopher Henry David Thoreau, with a photo of Explorer-in-Residence Mike Fay who is currently planning his next megatransect across a vast swath of disappearing wilderness.

Copy, download, or share the photo as you like, but most importantly, use it as your excuse to drop what you’re doing, get outside, and walk.



Meet the Author
Andrew Howley is a longtime contributor to the National Geographic blog, with a particular focus on archaeology and paleoanthropology generally, and ancient rock art in particular. In 2018 he became Communications Director at Adventure Scientists, founded by Nat Geo Explorer Gregg Treinish. Over 11 years at the National Geographic Society, Andrew worked in various ways to share the stories of NG explorers and grantees online. He also produced the Home Page of nationalgeographic.com for several years, and helped manage the Society's Facebook page during its breakout year of 2010. He studied Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He has covered expeditions with NG Explorers-in-Residence Mike Fay, Enric Sala, and Lee Berger. His personal interests include painting, running, and reading about history. You can follow him on Twitter @anderhowl and on Instagram @andrewjhowley.