How WTA Members are Making a Difference, Month by Month
We caught up with three monthly donors to hear about their favorite hikes and trail snacks and how trails help them be mindful.
When our 27,000 members donate to WTA, they take a meaningful step to give back to the trails they rely on for physical and mental health. We caught up with three monthly donors to hear about their favorite hikes and trail snacks and how trails help them be mindful.
Lindsay M. from Yakima
Why do you support WTA with a monthly donation? When I started hiking, I relied exclusively on WTA to find hikes. I donate now to make sure that resource is available to others.
What is your favorite trail snack? I motivate myself to keep going with handfuls of sour gummies and CLIF BLOKS. When I reach my destination, I go all in on mac and cheese or pad thai.
How do trails help you be mindful? At work or home, there are always so many things fighting for my attention, but when I’m hiking, the trail demands that I be present and focus on something larger than myself. I need that reminder as often as possible.
Logan R. from Leavenworth
Why do you support WTA with a monthly donation? I really appreciate the work WTA does to maintain our state's beautiful trails. The WTA website is an incredible resource for trip reports and trail information and I'm happy to support it.
Why do you love being on trail? Hiking makes me feel good. A good, hard hike helps me focus my thoughts and always puts me in a good mood. It's my favorite way to socialize with people.
What is your favorite trail? The Sahale Arm Trail is probably the most beautiful trail I've hiked. I also really enjoy Spider Meadow and Phelps Basin. I still have a lot of exploring to do.
Kyli M. from Redmond
Why do you support WTA with a monthly donation? I use WTA almost every time I go out hiking, to check trail and road conditions and get ideas about new places to visit. I wanted to give back for all the information I have received from WTA over the years. I contribute monthly to help ensure the website stays up and the organization is able to continue sharing information, outreach and trail maintenance throughout the state.
What is your favorite trail snack? This summer I was bringing bagels, cream cheese, a vine-ripened farm tomato, basil and a tiny bit of fresh cracked black pepper and sea salt to eat for the first lunch. But I always bring Lara bars to snack on as I am hiking.
How do trails help you be mindful? When I am on trail I am not bombarded by the constant stimuli of city, town, even home life. I am in my body, moving through the natural landscape, taking time to quiet the mind and breath. I feel a sense of elation and joy when I am hiking or swimming in a lake and it brings me peace.