and then I gave up alcohol & started hiking

One of the things I wanted to do since getting a bit (ahem) older was start hiking and getting fitter. Getting out and exploring the local area, and ticking off local hikes, felt like something to keep my wanderlust alive inbetween seeing new countries. Also, since giving up alcohol in July 2020 I wanted to find a new social group in the area that also wanted to hang out alcohol free. I had searched the internet and just before Covid hit in March (2020) I found Bee Sober via Instagram, they had arranged sober meet ups, from full on night outs, hiking, coffee mornings and more. Of course, just as I found them, everything stopped as the country went into lockdown, but once things loosened in around July time, the group started up again, this time organising hikes as it was the only way we could meet up. So I joined and so far I’ve done around 6 weekend walks, and met a super bunch of like minded people.

Im going to write up my hikes here, as well as other hikes I’m doing to keep busy during this pandemic, but also with a view to hiking a few more exotic destinations once travel restrictions open up *fingers crossed*. Of course, I should have hiked Machu Picchu last month, but Covid had other plans. Ive also bought a digital camera, I’ve not had one for years, as I have a habit of breaking them, but I thought hiking new places and taking photos seemed like a good way of getting though this pandemic, and so far weather permitting, its working.

“Perhaps there is no thrill so great as that which comes with a walk in the freshness of morning air.”
― Hellen Keller


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I am Emma Jane, a 40 something from the UK, with permanent wanderlust. This journal is tales of my past and present travel adventures. I hope to visit at least 100 countries around the globe, all the counties in the UK and all 50 US states. Welcome along. Next trip- Italy

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