Hey there, Dames!
Originally from the Hoosier State, I made my way through the Lone Star State, before making my home in the Old Line State of Maryland in 1986! A few years ago, while I was searching the internet for women’s hiking groups, I found Trail Dames. I paused, then with some initial reservation sent an email request to be added to the MeetUp group. I showed up for my first hike with hesitation. Hiking had mainly been a solo activity of mine, and as such, I was not entirely sure that my hiking pace would be an “okay” pace for hiking with a group. I was prepared to face the worst…that I was slower than everyone else and that I would have to continue hiking alone in order to truly enjoy the outdoors. I could not have been more wrong. Dames are in it together! Before too long, I became a Hike Leader, because I wanted to be more involved in sustaining this amazing organization. We celebrate all women! We know that we are perfect as we are and support each other in our common goal of hiking and enjoying all that the natural world has to offer! Whether you are taking your first step off the pavement into adventure, or taking your hiking to the next level, I welcome all of you to come hike with us in Maryland!
Kylena, aka “BoobOnARock”
Recently I've had the honor to join Kylena as co-head Dame of the Maryland chapter.
Hiking and camping wasn't something I was introduced to as a child, but as an adult, it has helped me relax. Hiking feeds my body, mind, and soul. Some of my favorite trails are the Goldmine and Section A of the Billy Goat Trail @ Great Falls in Potomac, MD. I also enjoy Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Gardners, PA; I appreciate any trail I get to wander.
I enjoy campgrounds camping. There was a time I would've been 100% certain no backpacking; however, today I might.
There is a sense of empowerment and accomplishment one gets when you're able to hike solo? Who wouldn't want to be a part of helping others feel that sense of empowerment, accomplishment and joy? That's why I wanted to become a hike leader.
That's the great thing about Trail Dames, wherever you are in your hiking journey, Trail Dames will meet you there!
Hope to see you soon!
Eloise/"L" [Bear Spray]
Co-Head Dame, "El" LaMill