I am so excited to share about and introduce my special friend, Amy Taylor.  She grew up in Beulah, ND and that is where I met her and her family.  Her grandparents were members of our church in Beulah.

She recently shared with us that she is planning and preparing for an awesome adventure, hiking the Appalachian Trail next Spring. And to top it all off, part of the money she raises will go to a charity, The Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, that helps to end domestic and sexual abuse of women.  What could be better than this…to push yourself in the wild beyond what you think you can bear and to have it benefit such deserving women?  I am so amazed with her courage in doing this that I wanted to share about her upcoming adventure. And it helps that she recently took some awesome fall photos in Colorado as she trains for this hike that I will share below!

You can find out all about her adventure on her website, Meraki Wild. But I will share a bit about it here as well.

On her website, Amy tells why she is doing this courageous hike:

My profession sets me in the midst of some of the bravest women I know. They have been abused, exploited, used, cast aside and forgotten. They are the ones you pretend not to notice when they stand next to you in the grocery store line with their poorly hidden bruises on their faces, forearm scars, and their haunted eyes. It is not uncommon that during a shift, I will dance in celebration with one woman who finally won custody of her children, and in the next I am on the floor holding one to another while she breathes her way through the battlefield of trauma. It is my honor to love on these ladies.


Like the women I serve, I’ve been among these statistics. I have been familiar with the horrors of domestic and sexual abuse. I have known defeat and these scars run deep. Herein lies all that this journey means to me. I hike for these beautiful women- the ones that bravely share parts of their story with me and allow me the privilege to sit with them in the trenches and share in the joys of their triumphs. But it is time that I share my own story and open these wounds up so that others may find strength them. May my authentic brokenness build more bridges than my fearful silence has so far. Sometimes scars have a lot less to do with where you’ve been and a lot more to do with where you’re going, so thank you for being a part of this journey.

She will be starting this adventure on May 7th.  We hope to connect with her in person because the Appalachian trail passes very close to us here in Maryland. Perhaps we can provide some food, rest, and encouragement for her to continue her hike.

If you would like to donate to this charity or help Amy with the costs of her trip, please check out this page on her website.

Please enjoy these photos that she took on her recent training hike in Colorado:

Grandma and baby looking out a window

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