When we lived in Abu Dhabi, I took my daughters to Comic Con in Dubai. They were so stoked to be there among all the cosplayers. Morgan looked over the crowd and said, “I found my people”.
Last year, David and I went to a Halloween party at a local restaurant. We got dressed up and expected to see some people we might know. We went with our son. When we got there, we saw a handful of people that we knew but they were dressed up and did not stay long. After what seemed like a very short time, it became apparent that we would be one of the few people our age to stay. We may have been the oldest people there. Our son had a great time as much of the crowd was his age or they were current or former coworkers. We left that party realizing that we needed to pursue social outlets that suited our interests.
We needed to find our people.
So I’ve joined the North Country Trail – Allegheny National Forest branch on hike. David and I Spent a day working with them. For this volunteer effort, we were invited to a dinner and campout with the other volunteers. David had to work, unfortunately. So, I stepped out of my comfort zone and went out on my own.
We met at the NCT trail access point at Cherry Run, just outside Sheffield, Pennsylvania. It’s the heart of the Allegheny National Forest.
I had arrived a bit late because I needed to get my daughter settled for her homecoming evening. I was grateful to my brother to see her shuttled back home while I was out.
I got there just as they were about to serve dinner. There was about 30 people there! Not everyone stayed overnight though.
I ran into a friend I had made outside of the group. Her name is Debbie. I had actually just seen her at The Homecoming Football game just the night before.
It was fun hearing all the trail and hiking stories. There are famous rock landmarks and random bits of rope known to have been mistaken for snakes.
As the sun went down, I decided to take advantage of the sunlight and set up my tent.
It was my first night in a tent alone. Falling asleep to the sounds of the creek splashing over rocks was just heavenly. I slept soundly.
When I awoke, I dreaded coming out from my sleeping bag. It was the call of nature that won out. The thought of coffee came in a close second.
It was obvious that this is a close knit group. I felt warmly welcomed regardless.
I found my people.