Hikers on a mission make a stop in La Jolla

On Tuesday afternoon, La Jolla photographer Sharon Hinckley spotted four hikers carrying bundles of sticks on their backs at the Encon Gas Station at Torrey Pines and La Jolla Shores Drive.

Curious, she asked what they were up to and learned that Greg Spencer, Woodbury Roland, Jordan Mellul and Austin Mann were just starting on a walk from San Diego to Los Angeles that they expect to finish on Oct. 13. She said hey told her they are walking for The Paradigm Project to draw attention to women around the world that they say go to painstaking lengths every day just to cook for their families.

Their goal is to raise money to buy basic $40 stoves to improve the lives of people in developing countries, with the side benefit of reducing carbon emissions.To learn more, go to or text 44836.