I used to avoid the outdoors at all costs. I don’t like bugs and crawly things and was not too crazy about walking in the woods. Also, having knee issues, I doubted that I could actually climb mountains. When I had my 59th birthday, I decided to try something new. First I had to lose some weight to take pressure off my knee and then I was motivated to try hiking after looking at pictures of my husband and daughter on top of McAfee’s Knob – probably the most photographed spot on the Appalachian Trail.
That first hike hurt. My entire body was exhausted after the almost 8 mile adventure. But the feeling I got when I finally dragged myself to the top of that mountain was worth the pain. I did it!
It was amazing! Since then, I have become a regular hiker and I love every new adventure.