Sometimes, we forget that age does not rule who we are or what we do in this world. Its only a number! I had a pretty good grasp on the subject before my mom asked me to go on a hike with her and her friends this past weekend, but I have a new found understanding of it now. Recently becoming more and more active in the past year, my mom brought me along on a hike with a local group she had joined called “The Blister Sisters Hiking Club.” They are exactly as their name sounds, a group of Sacramento area women who take all-day hiking trips to keep moving and enjoy the outdoors. These women get together once a month for bigger hikes, like this one, then go out to lunch to celebrate afterwards. Not only is the experience about getting some exercise but also the bonds among the group. All ages and types of women are welcome to come and join in on the fun. Since my mother knew most of these women from her high school days, I felt an immense amount of excitement and happiness to be outside. I also felt like I had 20 more moms around me as well, but in a great way!
Our destination for the day was to Ferry Falls right outside of Grass Valley, CA and one of the most unique hikes I had ever been on. When I think of a hike, I always picture dense forests with tall pine trees shadowing a soft forest bed; Ferry Falls was the exact opposite. Located right outside of the Beale Air Force Base, the drive up to the trail was open range grassy meadows that had lush green rolling hills, black oak trees, and a heard of grazing cattle. Quite a lovely representation of the California landscape!
The hike was about 5 miles, round-trip, that consisted of a well kept dirt road followed by small dirt trails that led you straight to a 100 ft. waterfall. The best part of the falls was being able to stand right next to them and feel the spray after being in the sun. Once you traveled a little farther downstream, there where rocks and small rapids, prefect for resting, closing your eyes, and just listening to the sound of the water.
The hike was a success and I felt so welcomed by the Blister Sisters Hiking Club. It made me hopeful that I too can keep hiking as long as I want and not let my age affect my mobility. Thanks to the Blister Sisters I met so many wonderful women, spent some time with my mom, and came back with so many sore muscles!
When hiking for fun, exercise, or even a little adventure, you want to make sure you have the proper footwear. I wore tennis shoes which frankly made me nervous with every step. Most of the Blister Sisters wore KEENs which gave them great ankle support and slip resistance. Try something like Keen Targee II Mid Hiking Boot in Shitake/Blue Spruce or the Moxie Trades Maggie 6″ Safety Toe Hiking Boot for a more feminine hiker look. If you want a more “hardcore” hiking boot, try the Danner Mt. Definance 5.5″ Boot in Brown/Salmon or the for their arch support and abrasion control.
Whether you are 13, 23, or 53, getting active is a huge part of living a happy life. Don’t let your age get in the way of you staying mobile because once you stop its really hard to start again.
So take a hike… and enjoy it!
If you are in the Sacramento area and have a love of hiking, you can contact the Blister Sisters about their next hiking trip that will be taking place in May. Check out their Facebook for more information!