As some of you may know this summer, 2018, I went out to the west coast and hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Now that I'm back I have a renewed appreciation for organizations such as the Ozark Trail Association. They help to build and maintain the trails that people like me value so much. Without organizations to coordinate these things, trails would constantly be in a state of disrepair; especially in Missouri where undergrowth can quickly make any trail unrecognizable. The OZTA is a 501 (c) 3 organization and any donation made will be fully tax deductible. So if any of you are looking for a worthwile organization to donate to this holiday season I would appreciate you considering this one.
It would mean a lot to me to be able to bring some of the things I learned this summer to my local community. Being able to be a part of the creation, and maintenance of a long distance trail is a special opportunity, and one that I am extremely grateful is so close to home. Trails like this have the power to change people's perspective and outlook on life, and I would really encourage anyone who hasn't to at least go for a short hike on the OZT. No matter if you're out for the day, or a week, I can guarantee it will be time well spent.