Hiker shares adventures at final meeting of the year

Amanda Hus smiles as she shares some of her hiking adventures during the November meeting of The Adventurous Woman.
Amanda Hus smiles as she shares some of her hiking adventures during the November meeting of The Adventurous Woman.

Amanda Hus, who spent this fall hiking the Via Francegina trail, from Canterbury, England to Rome, Italy shared many of her hiking adventures with us tonight. She started out explaining how hard some of the hikes are estimated to be on the Appalachian Trail. Depending on how high the climb might be, the consumption of one Snickers or two Snickers candy bars is necessary. However, she prefers Payday candy bars since there isn’t chocolate that can melt and get messy. She passed a basket of those around the room.

The Adventurous Woman's group listens to Amanda Hus share stories from her hiking adventures.

She grew up in Fort Myers Beach and once she heard of the Appalachian Trail she always dreamed of hiking it. Years went by and she raised a family. She started hiking with the folks at the Florida Trail Association. At one point, the opportunity presented itself to hike the Florida Trail from Big Cypress to Pensacola. This was her first backpacking hike. It took about two months. And she had found her new passion.

A week later she caught a ride to Springer Mountain and started the hike she had been dreaming about all her life. Along the way on the AT, she made friends she still keeps in touch with today, even attending the wedding of one hiking buddy. Walking about 16 miles a day, it took her six months to walk to Maine, although she didn’t quite reach the finish line.

Amanda Hus shares stories from her hiking adventures at the November meeting of The Adventurous Woman.

In one moment she was in tears because she was so happy she was about to accomplish a lifelong goal. She could see Mount Katahdin in the distance, about 50 miles away. In the next moment, she was in tears from pain, after she fell and injured herself. Using her hiking poles, she forced herself to hike about two miles, in misery with every step, until she could get some help at a rendezvous point. She reached out to one of the friends she made along the trail, who drove out and picked her up.

Since then she has hiked the Florida Trail two more times, the Pacific Crest Trail, and from the Everglades to the Hobe Sound along the Ocean to Lake Trail. She described the different terrain on that trail from cypress swamp to pine flatwoods to sand dunes. She did an eight-day hike in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and walked the Camino de Santiago.

It seems the only thing that can stop her from walking is that injury she suffered on the AT. When the doctor finally declared her recovered from that injury, he talked to her about doing some weight-bearing exercises to further her recovery.

“Walk more,” he said.

She hasn’t stopped.

November Meeting: Guest Speaker Hiker Amanda Hus

Our November meeting will be Wednesday, November 20th, at 6:30 p.m.

We are excited to have outdoors enthusiast Amanda Hus as our guest speaker. She will tell us about her favorite hike. She has hiked the Florida Trail three times, the Florida Lake to Ocean Trail, the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Camino de Santiago. This fall she had plans to do a thru hike on the Via Francegina, from Canterbury, England to Rome, Italy.

She has also kayaked the 100 mile wilderness waterway in the Everglades and the Suwanee River from the Okefenokee Swamp to the Gulf of Mexico.

Her outdoor activities don’t stop there. She has bicycled from Key West to Pensacola and from Maine back to Tampa and more.

I hope you can make the meeting to hear about her adventures.

As a reminder, this will be our last meeting of the year. We won’t have a meeting in December.

See you at the meeting and bring a friend!

November Trip: Suwannee River Rendezvous

When you plan a trip months ahead of time, you never know what the weather will be like. Unfortunately it turned out to be a chilly weekend for those who traveled to northern Florida for our November trip. Nonetheless we had a great time and found ways to keep occupied indoors where it was warm.

As always on our trips, we found some good food to eat.

The Adventurous Woman's group dining at a restaurant near the Suwanee River
Looking forward to a great dinner!

We also found some entertainment. We played Chicken Poo Bingo at the Lodge and one of our members won! Loretta won the 50/50.

Connie wins Chicken Poo Bingo at Suwannee River Rendezvous!
Connie wins Chicken Poo Bingo at Suwannee River Rendezvous!
Loretta wins the 50/50!
Loretta wins the 50/50 and counts that money!

Despite the cooler weather, another great trip with good friends.

October Trip: Hiking at Hillsborough River State Park

Five of us enjoyed hiking at Hillsborough River State Park last weekend. We had more ladies interested but some were attending the Ladies Let’s Go Fishing workshop–it was the second make-update for it. Hurricane season sometimes leads to rescheduled events!

Some of the ladies from the Adventurous Woman's outdoors group standing on an overlook along the Hillsborough River watching the rapids at Hillsborough River State Park.

It was a nice morning for a hike, not too warm or buggy. We hiked along the river and enjoyed looking at the rapids. The trail began to thin out as we got closer to the main road.

Some of the ladies from the Adventurous Woman's outdoors group standing on an overlook along the Hillsborough River watching the rapids at Hillsborough River State Park.
A view of the rapids on the Hillsborough River at Hillsborough River State Park.

After a group discussion, we decided to turn around and head back down along the river and then crossed over to the other side. We hiked the Baynard Trail loop, part of which was walking along a narrow boardwalk over some water. There was a bench in the middle of this for those who wanted to sit and enjoy the view of the woods.

This trail was a little bit muddy at some points but not too bad that we couldn’t pass nor did it cake our shoes in mud. After hiking this loop, we decided to call it a day and head back home before the rain started. It was a nice short hike and great to be outside enjoying nature.

Five women from the Adventurous Woman's outdoor group pose for a picture at the entrance to the suspension bridge crossing the river at Hillsborough River State Park