The Trail Dames 2020 Summit!

June 26-28, 2020- Western Carolina University

: Karen Lord Rutter
Trail Name: Super Mom
Where do you live: Snellville, Georgia
What is the title of your session?
How My Children Roped me in to being a Reluctant Hiker and an Accidental Author! (Hiking the Appalachian Trail and the Camino de Santiago)

What is your favorite part about being outdoors? 
Everything!  The smells, the beauty, the trees, the flowers, being one with nature, sun shining warm upon my face, the sound of falling rain, coming face to face with wildlife (bears, elk, moose), sleeping in the woods, the sounds of the night, and feeling free yet humbled.
Do you have a favorite hike or adventure?
My favorite hike varies with the day.  There are so many beautiful trails in the world! 
I have two favorite adventures: (1) Taking a spontaneous trip to Iceland with my son where we camped and hiked around the circumference of the country. (2) Hiking the final 100 Kilometers of the Camino de Santiago with my daughter

What is your never-leave-home-without piece of gear?  
My ENO hammock.  One of my favorite memories in my hammock is when I fell asleep in Grayson Highlands on the Appalachian Trail and woke up surrounded by the ponies!
What encouragement would you give to a woman who is new to the outdoors or nervous about getting out there? 
Just do it!  When my son asked me to do an 8-10 mile hike in the Shenandoahs back in 2013, I said, "I can't do that!" But, I did. In Maine, I was petrified to cross the log bridges, but I did. When my daughter invited me to meet her in Spain to hike the Camino, I said, “YES!”, even though I was afraid I couldn’t keep up. You get one life, enjoy it to the fullest!  

Any other thoughts?
Don't put off your dreams until tomorrow. You'll never regret giving yourself permission to live your dreams.
Do you have a website, social media links or blogs that you would like to share? - website and blog 


  We are so looking forward to seeing you there!!! 
You can find more information here!!!

Copyright © *|2020|* *|Trail Dames|*, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.