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The Pacing Parson

Keeping On Schedule!

Don is making great headway and keeping up with his schedule! He stopped in Malta on Monday, the 29th and was interviewed by the newspaper, Phillips County News. Here is the link to read the article: ‘Pacing Parson’ appears in Phillips County.

On Tuesday, I spoke with Don and he was enjoying dinner with his great friend, Gary Pederson of Edgewood, WA who met him along the way. Here’s a picture of Don in Glasgow, MT.

Don in MT



(picture of courtesy of Gary Pederson)

Media Attention While Walking in Montana

Here’s a video from KPAX the CBS affiliate in Missoula interviewing Don on his walk. Share it with your friends!


Here’s some media photos we found as Don is walking through Montana. These were taken in Kalispell, MT.

557f0863c97de.image557f0864d2643.imageBrenda Ahearn/Daily Inter Lake | Posted: Monday, June 15, 2015 11:16 am

Don Stevenson, The “Pacing Parson,” makes his way along U.S. 2 on Monday morning, June 15, in Evergreen. Stevenson, a former United States Marine, is walking from Auburn, Washington to Silver Springs, Maryland for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. (Brenda Ahearn/Daily Inter Lake)  



8072674_GPhoto credit: Dax VanFossen

Where’s Don Now?

Webmaster: I spoke to Don today and he is currently in Havre, MT. Don & Loretta are doing fine and enjoying the walk so far. They have encountered wind mostly and have rested at various stops along the way. I’ll be posting a map so you can see their progress! Go to the main menu on the first page & you can see the map!

They stayed at the AmericInn Lodge and Suites in Havre, MT last night and the hotel graciously gave them a complimentary stay. We want to especially thank them! Here’s a link so you can book your stay with them if you’re traveling through and give them a thank you for helping our travelers.

AmericInn Lodge Haver MT

Click here for more info on the AmericInn Lodge!

Stevenson Officially Begins Benefit Walk Tuesday – Auburn Reporter Article

By the Reporter Staff

Don Stevenson, Auburn’s man of sole, is about to launch his latest long-distance dedication.

Stevenson, The Pacin’ Parson, plans to walk 3,000 miles across America – from Auburn to Silver Springs, MD – to raise funds and awareness for pulmonary hypertension (PH), a high-blood pressure disease that affects the heart and lungs.

The walk officially begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 9 from the steps of Auburn City Hall, 25 W. Main St. Supporters are welcome to attend.

The 79-year-old Stevenson hinted last year at retirement from cross country walks after completing a 20,000 -mile trek to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society last year. But the former Marine, pastor, teacher, truck driver and firefighter has decided to walk the long road again.

Read the rest of the article on page 10 here: Auburn Reporter Green Edition, June 5 2015

Thoughts and Musings #6 – Prejudice

It takes lots of energy to be prejudiced,

jealous, hateful, vengeful, and envious.  All of those vices not only drain the soul, they also poison it and plague the mind and body.  On the other hand, love, compassion, forgiveness, and honesty take little energy and at the same time enhance life and increase peace and joy.

Thoughts and Musings #5 – Feel Awe

A man amongst his peers feels secure;

a teacher amongst his pupils feels superior; a citizen in the midst of a bustling, over-crowded metropolis feels vulnerable, a person at the bottom of the Grand Canyon feels overwhelmed; and a man, alone, under the stars feels awe—awe for the One who created it all.

Thoughts and Musings #4 – Sing A Song

It’s virtually impossible to sing

an inspiring song, or whistle a happy tune, or think a joyful thought, and be depressed at the same time.

Thoughts and Musings #3 – Speak Softly

Yell at a person, and you’ll drive him away

and possibly make an enemy.  Speak softly to him, and you’ll gain his respect and more than likely make a friend. Soft words are like many magnets–they draw people closer to hear what you have to say.

Thoughts and Musings #2 – Refuel

Refuel daily.

Like an automobile, all persons have a fuel tank.  The tank is the soul, the fuel is the oil of the Holy Spirit, and the fuel station is the altar of prayer. And don’t wait until your fuel tank is empty. It’s risky to run out of fuel on the road.

Thoughts and Musings #1 – Thanksgiving



even if all you have to be grateful for is an empty cup.  At least you have a cup.  A cup you can hold, a cup you can fill, a cup, that, before day’s end could be filled to overflowing.