The Inspiration for the Crooked Trails Name

Trekking in India with Crooked TrailsThe name of our organization comes from an inspiring quote by author, environmentalist and activist, Edward Abbey. It comes from Earth Apples: The Poetry of Edward Abbey (1994), the only book of Edward Abbey’s poetry that has ever been published. Here is an excerpt of the piece:

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets’ towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs, where deer walk across the white sand beaches, where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon the high crags, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you — beyond that next turning of the canyon walls.”

Generations of travelers, nature lovers and poets-at-heart have found inspiration, just as we did, in this quote. What quotes about travel and life have spoken to you?

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