ABOUT DESTINATION HIKE
IN THE BEGINING
Destination Hike started in March of 2020 at the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic. I already enjoyed hiking on weekends a few times a month with friends and different hiking groups. However, once COVID-19 hit and trail and park closures were instituted nationally, in addition to social distancing measures, hiking in groups became more challenging.
As a way to stay healthy and sane during this very stressful time, I started doing solo hikes 4-5 times a week. I would travel to explore new trails in the D.C., Maryland, Virginia (DMV) area and track my travels through the app AllTrails. As my exploration continued, I would post pictures and videos of my hikes on social media. Friends and family soon took notice and slowly a few people began to join me on my hikes.
As the hikes continue and more people shared videos and pictures, the word began to spread about the hikes. A common hastag #hikeislife was used on each posting. The hastag Hike is Life then became the name we would use when referring to group that was forming.
As the group continued to grow and novice and advanced hikers alike started to join in on the hikes my desire to make this more than just a casual group increased and I decided I was going to make this into something open to everyone from all over. I was already willing to travel to go hiking, and I wanted to be able to continue to experience that with other people. Thus the name Destination Hike was born.
WHAT'S IN A NAME
The name Destination Hike is twofold: First, the name implies that your destination (mission) is to go hiking. The name also implies that you are going to a destination (traveling) to hike. Those who join Destination hike have a mission to go hiking and are wiling to travel to do so.