A hiking group and a lifeline
Hey, John. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this blog. I miss hiking with you guys, and I don't know if my knees will ever let me do it again. But if I could I would! -- Rich
John L2, I almost got misty-eyed (more water) reading the origin story of the SOB's and remembering my experiences with this motley crew of extraordinary men. Sometimes the walks were rainy strolls around Langley and other times they were long and demanding treks up the sides of mountains but every time was an outing with a truly special bunch of guys. We hiked, we drank beer, we talked and laughed and genuinely cared for each other. Hell, now my eyes are getting damp. Either that or I spilled my beer. Be well my friends. Andrew.
I see that I am behind in my reading, but what a treat at last to catch up with your community stories and beautiful photos of the Sound and mountains. 👍🏼😊🌲SOB is a real inspiration! 😂
Really enjoyed reading about this. Two separate close friends of mine started monthly dinner gatherings for a few of us last fall. There are no more than 6 people in each group (all women), and a couple of intersections between them. And we don’t worry about being super consistent about meeting, since summers are incredibly busy for all of us and some people are traveling for work at other times of year. And many of us hike together, too! Most of the people in both groups are relatively introverted, so it’s a nice way for us have spend time with people we like in ways that feel natural.
Support groups, either in person or online can be lifesaving. There used to be a message board that I was active on that is now long gone, most of the regulars ended up on Facebook. The women regulars started a facebook group and I have "known" these ladies for over 20 years. We've been through our kids growing up, parents deaths, marriages falling apart, new jobs, you name it. I will probably never meet these ladies in person but I consider them some of my closest friends.