What better way to spend the Juneteenth Holiday than with family and friends on the trail?Destination Hike did that exact thing on Friday evening, June 19 at Watkins Regional Park. After a hike through the park back into the wetlands, we finished at the state of the art "Wonderful World of Watkins" playground.

For those who are unfamiliar with Juneteenth, Juneteenth is a holiday that celebrates the end of enslavement for blacks in the United States. The reason this day is celebrated is bitter sweet. The Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863 which declared that "all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free." However, in many states the enforcement of that freedom was slow and met with resistance. Two and a half years later Army General Gordon Granger announced Federal orders that slaves in Texas were free on June 19, 1865.

Why is Juneteenth important to celebrate for African Americans? Because for 400+ years, generation after generation of Africans were enslaved in America. Stripped of

rights, family, religious practices, native tongue, freedom, and much more. Though one day does not take a away from the hundreds of years of rape, torture, genocide, and enslavement, it is important to look back, be grateful, and continue to progress forward.

We look forward to seeing you out on our next hike. Make sure to stay connected on Instagram @Destination.hike, Facebook: Destination Hike, and as always, on the website

Sunday, June 14, 2020

There has been a lot going on in the world in 2020, especially for African Americans. The trauma of not only living through a global pandemic, but also being unable to attend school, getting laid off from jobs, fighting to purchase toilet paper and water, scrambling to find a mask anywhere, and additionally witnessing yet another unarmed black man be killed by police has taken a emotional toll on everybody.

So how do you combat the constant messages, images, and noise that you are receiving everyday? You disconnect from all of that and take a moment to reconnect with nature. That's what 30+ people did today. They took a moment out of their busy lives to disconnect and reconnect, or D&R as I like to call it. They also allowed themselves to be guided through a meditation that taught them the correct way to do something so simple that we take from granted, breathe.

Meditation is something that takes practice to understand and master, but if you are willing to learn, you can control your thoughts, mind, and destiny. Just ask Jarreau, our meditation guide who had the following message about meditation: "Your mind is like a light. Some lights are like light bulbs shining light everywhere. If you mind is constantly saying 'I gotta get this done', 'life is stressful,' 'life is this way', that same light or that same energy is drawing those same things back to you. It's drawing a stressful life, is drawing negativity because you are unintentionally shining that same light."

Participants of this hike took an important step in the direction of learning how to control the impact of what is going on in the world on their psyche. What will the next hike bring the next batch of registrants? To find out visit and register for upcoming hikes.

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Updated: Jun 3, 2020

Memorial Day 2020 will be a day that those who attended the Destination Hike #hikeislife trail will not soon forget. 35 hikers from beginners to advanced took to the Turkey Run and Potomac Heritage Trail in McLean, VA. Two sections of the trail had ropes that hikers had to use in order to get across to the other side of the trail. Hills separated one obstacle from the next. Once we hit the part of the trail that was complete rocks at 1.6 miles in, some people were stuck wondering two things; "How am I going to get across this!?" and "Wow it is BEAUTIFUL here." Nonetheless everyone tackled the challenge of the rocks while also getting plenty of photos. Walking alongside the Potomac was an added bonus for this short adventure hike.

If you are ever looking for a short trail that will challenge with hills and rocks while rewarding you with beautiful views, you will want to add this trail to your list. Kudos to all who completed the trail and will be back again another day.

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