All of you who read my blog know how much I love to walk. There were three motivating factors for writing this article now:
- The weekend of June 10-12, 2016, is the 40th anniversary of the American Volkssport Association which was started in Fredericksburg, Texas. Multiple Volksmarches will be offered by the Texas Volkssport Association, including one walk that will follow the route of the very first Volksmarch in the U.S.
- I am the Publicity Chair of the Randolph Roadrunners Volksmarch Club in Universal City, Texas, and I told our Regional Director I would write an article about the event, and
- Our Southwest Regional Director Susan Medlin asked me if I had written the article yet and I hadn't. The magazine deadline was looming. I took a day on our Las Vegas trip and banged out the article, getting it in just before midnight on deadline day. (Thanks, Susan, for the push. I needed it.) By the way, she is the one who took the photo of Bob and I at Lost Maples that is in the article.
Here are a few favorite photos from some of our Volksmarches around the U.S.:
|Hidden Falls, Cascade Canyon, Grand Tetons|
|One of three moose we saw: Cascade Canyon, Grand Tetons|
|Cascade Canyon Volksmarch: Grand Tetons N.P.|
|Mt. Washburn Volksmarch, Yellowstone N.P.|
(Taken in 2012 when there was a large wildfire in Idaho)
|Bob and I, Law Library in Des Moines, Iowa|
|Madison, Wisconsin State Capital|
|Indianapolis Capital Volksmarch - a random mural|
If you're an Escapee, or even if you're not and can get your hands on the magazine, read the article and tell me what you think. I hope it inspires you to get out on some walks. RVing and Volksmarching go hand in hand and give you destinations and goals for some of the places you may be visiting.
To find events anywhere in the United States, go to ava.org. Click on the "Events" tab at the top of the page. On the drop down box, click "Search Events." If you just enter the state and click the "Search" button, it will pull up all the Volksmarches in that state in alphabetic order by city or National Park, and will give the dates you can do the walks. Click on the city and Volksmarch you want to know more about and it will take you to a page with the information for that walk.
For more in-depth information about what Volksmarching is and how to get started:
On the ava.org home page, click on the "About Us" tab at the top of the page. From the drop down menu, choose "What We're About" and after you've read that, you can read "Let's Get Started." That will give you the basics.
Then take those first steps on a new adventure. See you on the trail?