Serendipity and Renewal in the Outdoors

by Yvonne N. Levesque in , ,


Fontana Dam, North Carolina

In a serendipitous turn of events, I found myself on the Appalachian trail (AT) with my husband (Trail name: Lafayette) in the Fontana Village area of North Carolina.  We had always wanted to hike the AT, a 2100 mile backpacking adventure from Georgia to Maine. We were invited here to join a friend in memory and honor of his beautiful friend and wonderful wife, a brave, adventurous, fearless woman.  In reflecting about Diana's life, in the days following her sudden death, I was undenably aware of some of the dreams I've had for my life that I hadn't achieved.  

When we were invited to be a part of the spreading of her ashes in the place where Diana was engaged to be married, where she spent some of the most enjoyable days of her most recent years, I noticed that this location intersected the AT.   The opportunity to start our AT section hikes started here at Fontana Dam.


I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
— Henry David Thoreau

I'm thankful to Diana for living life the way she did and for and inspiration to start this goal of a lifetime.

Our first AT section is now complete.  This hike took us up 2100 feet over the course of 4.5 miles, and a lot of that elevation was gained in the first 2.4 miles. We're now planning the next section.

We arrived, back home, renewed and inspired to take on our big dreams.

What is your big dream and how are you taking steps to make it happen?

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