Fulfill Your Hiking Dream! Here to help fellow hikers by offering wisdom, ideas, and lessons learned from a two-time AT North and South, Long Trail, Foothills Trail, Allegheny Trail, Colorado Trail, Florida Trail, Shenandoah Nat'l Park 500 miler completions. Former AT Ridgerunner for six years, Author, Speaker on Hiking and Backpacking
As hikers we often overlook some of the reasons to be thankful.
And this season of Thanksgiving is a good time to reflect and give thanks for things
trail-wise maybe you hadn’t thought of in a while -
Here are some that come to mind for me –
1.Those that Volunteer on the Trail – I’m talking trail
club volunteers, maintainers, overseers, those who worked tirelessly to maintain
the trails, shelters, etc. so we as hikers can enjoy it. Here is a listing of ones that maintain the
Appalachian Trail. And in honor of them, feel free to read the blogI did on
these great angels of the physical trail.
a trail club, consider it. Here is a
2.Trail Angels of Hikers – those that give tirelessly
to trail efforts by helping hikers in their time of need. In December I plan to
have a few of those trail gems as guests here to explain why they do what they
do (so check back). I think of the people that took me into their homes, gave
me food, took care of my stinky laundry, drove me back to trail at the crack of
dawn, the list goes on.
3.Organizations that oversee the trail. Like the trail
clubs, consider joining them. The funds from memberships, stores, etc help oversee
the trail, protect fragile environments, and assist in many other ways. Here's a listing of a few.
4.The many Hostels out there – I had the opportunity
to interview a few hostel owners for a blog recently. While hikers do pay a modest
fee for lodging, it no way begins to cover the amount of time, effort, long
days and nights, these folks put in. And the way they support the trail
community. It truly
is a labor of love providing a place of rest and recuperation
for weary hikers.
5.Our families and friends – I’m sure you can think
of many who have gone out of their way to support you in your sometimes wild
adventures. I know I give a BIG thanks to my husband who has stood by my side, even
on the home front, while I went off exploring many trails. A big thanks for that!
So what are you thankful for? Feel free to comment. And from
us here at Blissful Hiking, Happy Thanksgiving!