This year looks so different than any other year I’ve had. Farm life in Kentucky looks different, my friend set is different (and absolutely perfect), my free time is different (what free time?), and my writing life is definitely different. New this month: I’ve been selected to be an ambassador for Hike Like a Woman, a website and Facebook community for women on the trail.
I applied for this kind of on a whim. When HLAW put out the call for ambassadors, I’d just lost a writing client, so some writing time opened up, and I’ve been wanting to write about hiking but haven’t had—or made—the opportunity. I have plans to through-hike the Sheltowee Trace in a little more than two years, and I’m starting the mental and physical preparation for that now. I thought that, for sure, would give me something to write about, if my hiking in Macedonia, Turkey, Tennessee and everywhere that hasn’t made it onto my sad, little blog wasn’t enough. And I thought if any step I’ve ever taken on a trail could help someone else get on the trail, every word I’ve ever written would be worthwhile.
There were something like 118 women who applied to be a Hike Like a Woman Ambassador, and it is such a treat to be one of those chosen! Please check out my ambassador bio on the HLAW page. I’ll be posting #HLAWATeam and #TeamHLAW on Instagram and Twitter—if I can get myself to a trail at any point again—so please follow me there, too. This summer featured one backpacking trip with friends and one solo-camping weekend, and the rest has mostly been a lot of work. My boots are lonely, and the trails are calling. This is something that I hope to remedy very soon. When I do, #HLAWATeam will know about it.