From Trails to Streets

Thanks to social media, word spreads quickly.  You share pictures and a friend of a friend sees them and wants in.  This is the case with my women’s hiking group, A.K.A. The Wandering Diva Striders.  This week I met two new women who joined me and another relative newbie for a quick in and out on the Appalachian Trail.

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That’s Sharon, Jan, me, and Ruth!

We started on Wilderness Road in Bland County and hiked North toward Dismal Falls.  There was snow on the ground, clear blue sky, and though it started out a little cool, the temps warmed up considerably before the hike was over.

We met two lone, through hikers, who were coming from the North – much respect to them for hiking the AT this time of year.  They must have some very cold nights.  Neither of them seemed to want to chat, so we just had to imagine their stories.

Thanks to Jan for this awesome shot of the blue sky.  She was breaking in her new (and first) smartphone.  Looks like a pretty decent camera.

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It was fun hiking with new people and getting to know each other.  One thing we all share is our love of being out in nature.  It always amazes me how many women love to hike.

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Having a lot of names on my list, means I can usually find 2 or 3 who are available at any given time.

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A connector trail led us to the falls.

And they were beautiful!

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If you are not a hiker, you can drive to the falls and view them from the other side.  In fact JG and I had done that on Monday.  It does offer a remarkable view.

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No matter what time of year, or how you get there, these falls are worth a visit!

To top off the week, my feminist husband took me to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Women’s March.  It was an incredible day, filled with energy and hope.

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Though nowhere near the crowd from last year, thousands turned out and there were some very inspiring speakers, including Virginia’s Senator Tim Kaine.

What a week!  From the trails to the streets, from winter cold and snow, to spring like temps, this year is off to a great start!

Thanks for visiting!

 

16 thoughts on “From Trails to Streets

  1. It’s wonderful that you have your own hiking group that’s growing – like-minded people finding like-minded people 🙂
    The smartphone photo of the trees is gorgeous! I’ve attempted a photo like that so many times … and never the results like this one.

    Sorry to hear the numbers were down for the Women’s March this year. I hope this isn’t an indication that apathy is starting to set in.

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  2. You did have quite a week! I’m so glad your hiking group is growing and that you are finding like-minded women to enjoy your time in nature.

    I didn’t attend a march this year and I’m frankly, a bit torn by that. I didn’t prepare. It was amazing to see how many women did march, and especially wonderful to hear about all the new, registered voters. Onward! Resist! Hike!

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