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Contributing writer: Carmen Thorpe ––

According to the Appalachian conservancy website, the Appalachian Trail is one of the longest continuously marked footpaths in the world, measuring roughly 2,180 miles in length. The Trail goes through fourteen states along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian mountain range from the southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia, to the Trail’s northern terminus at Katahdin, Maine.

A tough and long trail that many have failed to complete –once, but a woman by the name of Emma Gatewood was the only person (in 1955) to have walked the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail not once but three times! In an excerpt of this amazing biography of Emma Gatewood, called Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story Of The Woman Who Saved The Appalachian Trail written by Ben Montgomery, we catch a glimpse of who Emma was, the power of walking, nature, and how the two merged two create a since of clarity for her on her hikes –at age 67!


Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than two hundred dollars. The next anybody heard from her, this genteel, farm-reared, 67-year-old great-grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail. And in September 1955, having survived a rattlesnake strike, two hurricanes, and a run-in with gangsters from Harlem, she stood atop Maine’s Mount Katahdin. There she sang the first verse of “America, the Beautiful” and proclaimed, “I said I’ll do it, and I’ve done it.”

The story of Grandma Gatewood will inspire readers [and hikers] of all ages by illustrating the full power of human spirit and determination. Even those who know of Gatewood don’t know the full story—a story of triumph from pain, rebellion from brutality, hope from suffering. This was a quote from Ben Montgomery.

This book is the Winner of the 2014 National Outdoor Book Awards for History/Biography, and definitely worth a glance in our book!



A visit to White Oak Canyon, Va. during the autumn will open up the world of natural beauty to you. Waterfalls and rock streams wind around the trail as flowers blossom on the sidelines. Enjoy the artistic spider webs dotting the trees in the morning dew as the sun peeks out to cast a glow on the forest.

Walking and hikes are a great exercises but protect your feet from the steep hills and stones that are plentiful in this wonderland of fall.

Vacations are over! Back to school! Looking back at a whirlwind summer of fun, activities and shared experiences with family and friends. Staying healthy with swimming, hiking, crabbing, golfing, fishing and laughing with each other is the best way to spend the summer!

Fall season is right around the corner! What was your favorite summer fling?

Summer Farewell Follies

People can do the craziest things when they are unleashed into the wild.  They can live without showers and toothpaste for days. They can wake up with a bison five feet from their tent and giggle about it.  Even stranger, they can eat disgusting dehydrated pasta dishes and be proud of it.

Yellowstone is the first national park in the United States. Presidents like Roosevelt, Harding and Carter have been distinguished guests of the park. But today, the almighty Grizzly bear is the king.  Read the rest of this entry »

If you live in Northern Virginia, there is history, trails and wildlife scattered throughout the area.  For a $5.00 fee, the Prince William Forest Park is worth a day visit to just jump on bikes, pack a lunch and take in the sights and sounds of life in the wild.  It even has camping available for a night of roughing it.

If you decide to take a day trip, here are a few tips to make it worthwhile:

If you have visited Prince William Forest, do you have any tips or images you can share?



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The winter can be brutal for active people — and their pets.  Grab any opportunity to take a hike and get some sunshine.  The Manassas Battlefield provides fields, paths, bridges, and streams with remnants of the Civil War scattered along the trails. Be prepared for uneven terrain that can be hazardous without correct footwear.  Hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes are a necessity.

Podiatry Management, Feb. 2014 reported that Podiatrists recommend New Balance Athletic Footwear the most.  However, choosing a shoe requires a visit to a store or prescribing facility that will provide footwear that is specific for you and feels comfortable.

So grab your dog’s leash and enjoy the fresh air.  Staying active is important for a healthy life!  Where do you like to hike?

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