Sometimes, being the leader of a group can present some challenges. Last year I was encouraged to start a hiking group for women. Beginning with just a few friends, my list has grown to about 16 names as more women hear about the group and want to be included. Not everyone on the list has been able to hike, but that is the beauty of having such a list. Having the company of one or two others, prevents me from getting lost in the wilderness (have I mentioned I am a terrible map reader?)
One of the challenges I face, is where to go. Where we go is determined by who is coming with me. There are some places that I am comfortable going with just one other person. But sometimes, when I know it is a trail with not much traffic, I like to have more bodies. Or if someone has just hiked a trail with me, I look for some place they haven’t been.
If I’m going to a new place, I try to research it as much as possible ahead of time, looking at maps (which is usually Greek to me) and trying to determine how best not to get lost.
Today I lucked out on two fronts. First, after starting with five women who expressed an interest, and ending up with two who could actually go, we went to one of those places where we were about the only ones on the trail. There was one other car in the parking lot, but we didn’t see anyone on the trails.
And, secondly, I discovered a new place to hike! A place I had never heard of, until I saw it on Facebook under: “10 hikes you didn’t know existed.”
Less than an hour away from home, we were treated to a splendid hike that rendered . . .
some spectacular waterfalls,
a slightly scary bridge,
and one show off!
Mill Creek Trails just on the edge of Narrows, VA proved to be a wonderful discovery. There are several trails with all levels of difficulty. So of course we must go back.
And these brave ladies trusted me to take them to a place I had never been.
Let the fall hiking begin!