How did it come to this?!?

Hi! My name is Karen, Tod’s wife and a happy partner in our new hiking adventures.  Perhaps I should chime in on how it came to be that I went from being a couch potato to an avid hiker, all in the span of a few months. I think some of my friends and family are wondering what happened!

Like Tod, hiking is not completely new to me. Growing up, our family went camping almost every weekend. In my 20’s I had a bunch of girlfriends who also liked the outdoors. We would camp at Cactoctin Mountain Park and go hiking. That being said, I’ve never done backpacking and my camping methods were pretty tame. Life got in the way  of adventure and the hiking stopped.

Our visit to the Grand Canyon was life-changing. The feeling I got hiking along the rim was magical. Then, during our stay in Sedona, we went on the Cathedral Rock hike. Halfway up I thought, “This is crazy!  I’ll never get down!” I broke through my fear and had a blast. It was so freeing!

Now, after, several hikes in Maryland I’m hooked. There is something so serene about being in the woods. Being completely out of breath going up a mountain isn’t anything like being out of breath on a treadmill. I love it!

Hopefully, this blog will chronicle some neat hiking and camping options in the DMV area from the perspective of someone like me. An out of shape, old, novice hiker with a heck of a lot of enthusiasm!


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About Maple

I'm a 50+ year-old woman in a 60+ year-old body with the hiking ambition of a 30+ year-old. Professionally, I work in higher education administration. In my free time I play the flute and paint with watercolors (or try to). My Appalachian Trail name is Maple. Why? Maples are my favorite trees. :-)

5 thoughts on “How did it come to this?!?

    • Thanks so much for your encouragement! It is so fun to realize that there is a whole network of hikers out there!

    • I love this suggestion! I will definitely reach out to this group. Thanks for the tip and I hope you get a chance to hike this weekend. 🙂

      • Led a Hike on the AT for Trail Dames today from Harper’s Ferry to Weverton. I am leading a series of AT hikes this summer so Dames that wish to do so can complete the trail through Maryland. 🙂

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