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Expedition Dudetrek

On December 31st, New Years Eve 2019-2020, I arrived in San Jose Del Cabo at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico to begin a 55,000(ish) mile journey and ethnoecological survey of the places we call home- that is to say, I’m going to hike and paddle in an extremely zig-zaggy fashion from Baja to Newfoundland to ask the following questions of every one in every place-


  • How does the local environment shape people? (Their jobs, history, characters, history, art, politics)

  • How do local people shape their environment? (Flora, fauna, soil, freshwater and saltwater, atmosphere, rocks and minerals)
  • What are the relationships people have with plants and animals and nonliving resources (for natural resources, tourism, folklore, medicine, food, water, shelter, clothing)

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140 Responses to

  1. Kris Gasteiger

    Hey Jonah,
    My work partner and I met you as you passed through Bowie, MD yesterday. It amazes me that in seventeen years of working on that corner, this year, I’ve met three people walking across America. Good luck!

    I am concerned that you will be getting to the Rockies so late in the season. The High plains and the mountains are brutal in when the winter closes in. Do be careful, and have a great trip!
    Kris Gasteiger.

  2. Jim Nichols

    Jonah, I just saw your interview on the news in Washington DC and posted your video on my Facebook page. What a wonderful time in your life. I wish that I was 18 again and had your energy. I live in Washington DC and have my best friend and family in Clarksburg WV. If you need a food, a hot shower or a place to crash in either place let me know. Good luck on your journey and take care of your feet:)

  3. Black Cat

    Just saw a story about the Dudetrek on Fox 5 news tonight. You looked a lot older than 18. At first this sounded like some type of Forrest Gump trip. Now I don’t know what to think. Sounds really hard core. Good luck to you.

  4. June Heimbuch

    Jonah I met you a few hours ago just west of the Bay Bridge! My friend Kathy told me to pull over and say hello to you so I did! You were probably thinking who is this crazy with this accent. I have a great photo of you and your happy face I would love to send you so look for it when I figure it out:>) I wish you luck as you travel safely. I will follow Dudetrek and have all my friends do the same! You are an inspiration and I will always remember that million dollar smile when I asked you, “Are you Jonah?” and you said “YES!” be safe and my thoughts are with you.
    From June

  5. Pete

    dude i dont know you, but ive seen sea of words more than a few times so i kind of know who you are. And am super stoked about the trek! This is like every dudes dream and your actually doing it! good luck Jonah and im excited to hear you land safely in san fran.

  6. Brenda Bosnic

    Jonah- Good luck to you! I’d like to keep my classes updated about your trek as we read Krakauer’s Into the Wild in Honors English 12. Is that OK with you? Knowing you , you already have this covered, but be sure to keep a travelogue- I will keep checking your site for updates on your adventures!! People at LHS are very excited for you- be safe and don’t eat any wild berries…
    Mrs. B.

    • Quiet_Earp

      That is totally cool! I’m writing everyday to document my experiences. In fact, my updates will probably just be highlights of what i have experienced so far. One friend put it nicely when he said my trip is like a dip in the pool. I’ve put my toe in, and said “WOW, this pool is deep.” I feel like I’ve experienced so much already and I’ve only just begun. I can tell that there are good things to come:)

  7. Michael Pierce

    What can I say? And I mean that in a very good way!
    I mean, this is something you’ll probably get in Believe it or not books for. If anything you’ve got the proof to show all your grandkids or grandnephews or whoever. It’s so awesome.
    You’ve already set out so don’t turn around. It’s a longer way back. You’ve certainly got my support! Good luck! I’ll be checking in on how you’re doing!
    Run, Jonah, Run!

  8. Serinda Conner

    Glad to see how you are warming the hearts of all you meet! (including policewomen…) Sent an email to DC ADT person to hopefully get you on their website as well for another link to the world. You ARE the BOMB! Loved meeting you and our door is open if and when you get back east! Hugs from the family. Happy trails our young friend! Live life to the fullest every day.

  9. John

    Jonah’s most recent post on FB (Mon, Sept 3):
    3 nights of hospitality. 18, 20, then 21 miles. 3 dollars spent. 5 wicked blisters. At least 1 Gatorade a day. 20ish songs sung. 1 person called the cops on me today but 19 miles tomorrow to meet up with 1 of my best friends. I’ll post a video summary of days 1-4 on tomorrow so keep your eyes peeled

  10. Grandma and PaPa

    Good Morning Jonah ! Just “checking in” as I do each morning. Is heart-warming to see all the Love from your friends and the kindness that has been extended to you along the way. Enjoy your visit with James and take care of those feet. Praying for your Strength and Safety each day ! Love You So Much!

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