Social anxiety has crippled me at different times throughout my life. As a child I was teased for my simple, hand-made clothes, but primarily for my mess of curly hair. Growing up in the late 60’s and 70’s when blondes with straight hair were the fashion, I couldn’t iron my unruly dark blonde mop into form. Always on the outside looking in, I became untrusting and unapproachable.
My second hike was to Johnson Farm Trail, a 1.75 mile loop, in the Peaks of Otter in Bedford, Virginia. We made this hike on Saturday, May 12, a beautiful, perfect, sunny day! My daughter, Kate, and my dear friend Lisa went with me. It had been several years since I had actually made this hike, and Lisa had asked me if it was easy, and I honestly did remember it being so. But while it is gradual and not very steep, it is an incline, so we took it slow because Lisa had not been walking three times a week like I had. Kate of course, bounced right through and admonished us to hurry along! We also did not hike the full loop because the day was rather warm and I recalled a very large meadow that left you fully exposed to the sun. Instead we hiked up to the farm and then back the same way we had come, which made our hike a full two miles.