Hi Future Dames!!
My name is Pam de Graaf, but my hiking friends call me Purple Haze. I discovered Trail Dames several years ago, and lurked for months before I had the opportunity to join. Once I found the Dames, I jumped in with both feet and can truly say that they have changed my life! I love to hike and here in Trail Dames, the laughter and camaraderie are constant trail companions. During these last years, I have been a Dame, a Hike Leader, a Head Dame, a Board of Director member, and the co-chair of the nations first women's hiking and backpacking conference, The Summit. While I am proud of the work that I have done, I most treasure the friendships that grow from this group and the sense of togetherness we get every time we hit the trail. I hope you will come join us!!! I am looking forward to climbing a mountain with you!!
Pam de Graaf, aka Purple Haze
Fellow Trail Dames. My name is Jules and I am proud to be your co-head Dame of the Trail Dames of Georgia. I am a lifelong Georgian, having lived in the Metro Atlanta area for most of my life. Throughout my life I have always been an athlete, but never really thought about hiking. This all changed a few years ago when my wife and I attended the ATKO festival at Amicalola State Park. We met Judy, aka Gray, Jay, the Head Dame for the Kentucky Chapter of Trail Dames and she told us all about the organization. At that moment I was hooked. I began hiking with the group and let me tell you ladies, my life was forever changed as a result. I have completed the Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail and have started on North Carolina, with no views of stopping in sight. As members of this group we laugh, talk, share, learn, share accomplishments, and support each other in times of need. While all of these things are going on, we strap on our boots and manage to cover a few miles on the trail as well. This group is all about broadening your horizons both in nature and in life. I have met so many wonderful women many of which I now have the esteemed pleasure to call friend. I cannot wait to see where this group will go next as I am extremely optimistic and enthusiastic about the future of this amazing organization.