One Year, 100 Hikes
She did it. Janelle Walker, a.k.a. "Hikingqueen," took 100 hikes in 2009, and she's still going.
If you ever browse WTA's Trip Reports, you are almost certain to have read one of Hikingqueen's posts - always peppered with beautiful photos and informative tidbits about the hike she just took.
Janelle began hiking in 2006 after going snowshoeing at Paradise. She started keeping track of her hikes the next year, when she did 37 hikes. Last year, she reached 50 hikes. And while her goal was 100 hikes this year, Janelle logged 101 on Sunday and probably has a few more to go by 2010.
"I'm not afraid to go solo. In fact, I savor those trips, and they are some of my best times. I can't imagine my life without hiking in it. This year I have branched out and met a bunch of new women to hike with from meetup groups and nwhikers.net. They are a wonderful group of women, and I learn so much from them," she reports.
So does someone who averaged two hikes a week over the course of a year have any suggestions? Of course! "Summerland is ONE of my favorites..I love the flowers, mountain views, and marmots! I love marmots.. I could sit and watch them for HOURS! But I also discovered Ancient Lakes this year.. it was an amazing place."
It's people like Janelle who make WTA's website such an excellent resource for hikers. Please take the time to thank her by posting a comment to this blog or on one of her Trip Reports! Congratulations Hikingqueen!