My name is Chuck Carnahan and this Summer, I'm going on a little walk to raise funds for a very special cause.

The drive from Columbus to Nova, OH is only about an hour and a half but this Summer I will walk from the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, 85 miles north to Nova in search of the last living tree planted by Johnny Appleseed. American Forests, America's oldest historic tree registry, has kindly donated a live rooted cutting from this tree, (Essentially a clone of the original tree) which I will then walk back to Columbus to be planted on the grounds of the Franklin Park Conservatory. In all, the trip will be about 170 miles and take 6 days. The twist however, is that I will make the entire trip with nothing but what I take with me from the beginning. Food, shelter, everything I use or need.

By donating below, you are not only helping to bring a piece of living American history to Columbus, you’re helping the American Cancer Society bring cancer treatments to thousands of people. Your donations will also help the Franklin Park Conservatory and American Forests keep tomorrow green for everyone!

All funds raised will go to the American Cancer Society, American Forests and the Franklin Park Conservatory.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010


When I first came up with the idea for this walk, I sent letters to a few companies who make outdoors equipment asking for donations. Well, two companies came through and have donated some fantastic equipment!

The first was Timberland who gave a pair of their new Mountain Athletics shoes.

And just recently I got an unexpected box from High Sierra containing a new Sentinel 65 backpack.

Both of these donations are going to help make this walk so much easier. I can't possibly thank these two companies enough for their generosity. So if you get a chance, check out their web sites. They both make great products!