I Made My Choice!

February 20, 2018

This was one of the hardest choices I’ve made in a while! I have loved my ridgerunning job, fulfilling 7 seasons in two different sections of Virginia. I remember one day on the job halting suddenly in a grove of red spruce on the slope of Bluff Mountain saying, “I’ve done it! I’m earning my living hiking!”  At the end of that season, I climbed up to a favorite outcrop on Spy Rock, set up my  camera with a ten-second timer and raised my arms in celebration of my season. A few weeks ago, a friend wrote asking if she could use that photo as a model for her vision of freely walking in mountains following her knee surgery.  What a perfect testimony to the power of that moment for me having walked into my vision!  Yes! Ridgerunning has been a fulfilling summer job!

Celebrate on a Mountaintop!

Ridgerunning provided the model for my logo!

And now, I’ll go back for another season, right? That would make sense, wouldn’t it?

Well, I actually chose differently! This year, some other opportunities are bubbling to the top – taking care of my grandson for two weeks, spending time with grandson number two, visiting my mom in Ohio, offering ForgivenessWalks programs and coaching, and……….walking a chunk of the Pacific Crest Trail! After all, one of the big reasons for choosing the winter seasonal job I have at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is that I would have my summers free for hiking!

So, John and I are juggling all of these things to come up with a summer itinerary that balances trips across the US in a reasonable flow.

It was sad to say no to Ridgerunning for this year!  Wish me well in my other choices!

In joy,


Posted in Journey to YOUR HeartLand.

One Comment

  1. I wish you well, Gina. I remember you saying “I am paid for hiking” when it wasn’t yet a reality. How wonderful that you created this for yourself.

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