I've visited her website www.hikingfromhere.com/ many times. She told us about all the hiking trips she's already planned so we felt lucky that she could join us today. Her stories are fascinating. She talked about hiking into a trailhead in Oregon just so she wouldn't have to drive a windy, bumpy road. She mentioned bringing fresh fruit to a young woman who manages a lookout near Lostine, Oregon. And guess what else she does? Knits at least 20 pair of socks a year. As we were driving to Colfax she pulled out her knitting bag. "I am not good at just sitting," she said. She knits in the car, at home, around a campfire, sitting by a river, or at a meeting. I immediately fell in love with this woman!!
Margey, unknown, Cam, and Mary!
The actual hiking is great exercise and wonderful for the physical body, but I also enjoy the social aspect of these hikes. I met Joan and Cheresse, both from Oregon, who only became friends after their families moved here. These women are major gardeners who also can tons of home made salsa each year. Joan lives in the former Pike home, on a big hillside, and her garden is totally terraced to fit the hillside. We said over and over again, "what a small world."
Joan and Cheresse
Appreciating the basalt rock formations along the Palouse River