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Discovering a Love of Hiking:

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JD is settling into her new environment in Arizona, trading corn stalks for cactus and getting out to explore the new setting. Expanding her comfort zone, JD started hiking through the Sonoran trails and shared with M and I her photos she took earlier this week. When we talk, it’s usually through group chat on an early Saturday morning–or late morning for M on the east coast. As we talk about our week, we share photos to each other, cheer each other on, make inappropriate cactus jokes….all the things we used to do sitting across from each other on our back patios, swiping through our phones over wine or coffee.

It’s difficult making such a huge move, but JD talked about feeling so accomplished since its something so new to her, and being able to accept that challenge. It’s invigorating for her to be wandering among nature’s beautiful landscape.

JD discovered a new app, Maprika, that shows all of the trails in the U.S. so she downloads the one she’s at, and gains confidence to keep going since it tracks her location on the trail. It’s like being lost in nature’s beauty, but still not really getting lost! With every new trail she explores, she is motivated to keep exploring new trails.

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