Robert McCormick always was a maverick when he was on the Vienna Town Council, a free spirit with ideas of his own.

Although he hasn’t served on that body for 16 years, he’s still actively interested in world affairs and worried about what will be bequeathed to future generations. To that end, he is walking from Denver to Washington, D.C., to boost awareness of “intergenerational justice,” the concept that Earth’s current inhabitants must not shirk their responsibilities to those who will follow.

“I’m frustrated and I’m concerned about all of us,” he said. “I didn’t know what else to do, so I decided to walk to D.C. It’s not easy, I can tell you.”

McCormick, 69, began his odyssey Aug. 2, departing from just east of Denver on Route 36. (He decided trying to navigate his way out of that sprawling metropolis would be a bad idea.) By Aug. 13, he was in the town of St. Francis just west of Wheeler, Kan., and repairing the cart he’s been pulling. ….

Bob McCormick


Five years ago, Bob McCormick moved Colorado to live closer to his grandkids. He chose West Highland because amenities were close. He was still suffering from old football injury that ravaged his hips and knees, and he could walk little more than the few blocks it took to reach nearby services.

What pained him more was a feeling of loss that humans in the U.S. and across the world weren’t living with a sense of responsibility for those who would come after us. The 69-year-old took care of his body first, got his hips and knees replaced, and then turned his attention to those bigger issues. About 10 days ago, McCormick woke up in the middle of the night with an idea: he would walk to Washington, D.C.

More than just talking, it was a something that he could do that might bring attention to what he calls “intergenerational justice,” attention to how peoples’ actions now may affect his grandchildren and their grandchildren after them. ….

Bob McCormick