The Mother’s Day hike was an event we had been looking forward to all spring. Our community meet-ups are one of the most enjoyable parts of being on the road. We get to meet all types of people from all over the country. The meet-ups bring a group of humans together that would otherwise never be in the same place at the same time, and allow them to greet and enjoy nature together. The meet-ups always revolve around having fun in the outdoors. This past Sunday we hosted our second (now) annual Mother’s Day hike in Waynesboro, Virginia. Once again we teamed up with the wonderful Rock Fish Gap Outfitters to organize and lead a family-friendly Mother’s Day group hike to the top of Turk Mountain in Shenandoah National Park. This was the same trail we explored last year. We had such a positive response, we decided to do it all over again. A great crew of families looking to get out and stretch their legs showed up bright and early to caravan to Shenandoah National Park. There were plenty of familiar faces when we started that morning, and even more when we finished. We shared stories, had snacks at the summit, and got together for a drink and some food at Basic City Beer Co. in Waynesboro once we had finished. If you haven’t been, we highly recommend stopping in if you’re in the area. There’s even a game room for the kids. We hear it a lot, families want to get outside and hike, but they don’t know where to start. If that’s you, we highly recommend joining a group hike like ours or dropping into a friendly outfitter like Rock Fish Gap Outfitters and ask the locals for advice. The bonus of joining a group hike is that you’ll likely end up making a few new friends. There are plenty of ways to celebrate Mother’s Day — being outside on a warm Sunday morning in the mountains with some new friends is high on that list.Up next we’ve got Appalachian Trail Days in Damascus, Virginia. We’re kicking off the annual celebration of the white blaze on Thursday with a little Trail Magic meetup. If you want to turn hikers into happy campers, or just want to come hang out, we’d love to see you there!
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