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What are You Walking towards?

By Jennifer

Sometimes the most effective way to express our viewpoint is to put our foot down, then the other, and head in the direction of our beliefs – without the promise of a finish line or results.

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Getting Better with Age

By Jennifer

I am stepping into the next ten years with Blue Ridge Hiking Company because I am committed to getting other people outside – even if I have to sit indoors, on my butt, and run a business to make it happen.

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Deprived Children Survive the Holidays

By Jennifer

This year, Brew and I didn’t buy our children any presents. Which either makes us the worst parents ever... or the most brilliant. 

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The Truth about 2017

By Jennifer

We didn't send as many Christmas Cards as we hoped. (And most of them arrived after December 25th.) But if you post the contents online it makes it all better, right?!

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Support the MST

By Jennifer

As a family, we made it to the finish-line, but this hike will only be successful if we are able to further the expansion and protection of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail for our state, our communities, and our children.

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In the end it all became clear

By Jennifer

It took walking 1,175 miles across North Carolina to realize that I am no longer a “long-distance hiker.” I am a mom who shares the trail with my kids; a professional who needs a break from work; a wife who wants to walk a few miles with my husband. My relationship with the trail is more diverse and comprehensive than it used to be. I don’t need to be a thru-hiker to enjoy the affects of long-distance hiking. (And that’s good because Brew says I’m not doing another hike like this for a LONG time.)

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A Cure that Tastes Good

By Jennifer

It took hiking nearly halfway around the world to realize that food is more than just the energy that keeps you going, but it should also be the first line defense against sickness and injury.

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Connection precedes protection.

By Jennifer

Charley has reminded me that some of life’s most important lessons can’t be taught, but have to be learned through experience. Hearing about pollution inside a classroom and reading about wildlife in a book is important, but there is no substitute for being inches away from a sea turtle, spending time at the ocean, and being empowered to make a difference.

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What's better than chocolate or flowers?

By Jennifer

I have spent my days climbing mountains, passing farmland, and enjoying the serenity that comes with hiking long trails. Brew, meanwhile, has been busy changing diapers, searching for lost pacifiers, and trying to keep mold from overtaking Gus’ sippy cup.

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