What do you get when you cross a beautiful starry night in Fundy National Park with twelve fun and creative women? You get so much more than you could have ever imagined! Women of the Wilderness (WOW!) was born out of fun, friendship, laughter, and the need for connection with nature and each other. And it was born right here in Albert County just two years ago.
As if we needed any more challenge than a hike to Third Vault Falls or kayaking at Cape Enrage, in the fall of 2019 we brought 36 ladies together at Pointe Wolfe for a weekend of oTENTik camping. Those who had never camped in their lives sure were thankful for the ladies who are skilled at all things camping and, thankfully, willing to share their knowledge. Throw in community meals, special dietary needs, several hikes each day, along with talk of camping equipment, knee pain and bladder control, and a ukulele to serenade us, and you'll see why we had so much to talk and laugh about around the campfire. And speaking of campfires, how much more exciting could it be than for a newbie camper to start her very first fire to light up the night and bring us all some physical warmth!
Camping and hiking are regular activities within our group, but what's so great is that we love to try new activities together, such as axe throwing, paddle boarding, glamping and dragon boating. I recently had a true thrill when I arranged a small group trail ride at Broadleaf Ranch. What a gem right here at home! I hadn't ridden a horse in more than 30 years and felt a lot of fear at the thought of doing it again. As my horse was prepared for me, I could feel the fear, excitement and tears welling up. Thankfully my WOW pals encouraged me. The memory of that one-hour marshland trail ride still brings me great excitement, and I'm so thankful for such a wonderful group of women who helped me "get back on the horse"!