I recently discovered Meetup.com and signed up with several groups here in Richmond, Virginia. Meetup offers some useful guidelines for groups and activities in many different areas. My interests center around walking, exercise, being more sociable and photography. And so, last night I went downtown to join other members of Central Virginia Trailblazers on an introductory “icebreaker” 4.5 mile hike along the James River and over several bridges connecting the north and south banks.
And it was a lot of fun! The folks were friendly, our guide, Sandra, was excellent and the light was great for photos as the sun slowly retreated to the horizon around the seven to eight o’clock hours.
The walking I’ve done since last summer made the physical effort a breeze and it was more a chance to work on people skills since I’m a fairly introverted individual. We discussed future trips, as well, which will probably include more demanding hikes, longer and more elevated, as well as camping overnight.
That should be interesting! Stay tuned as the blogger pursues his retirement agenda. Betsy is very supportive of this which I truly appreciate. Hopefully she will want to participate at some point. Here are some photos from the hike.