There have been many posts written about the amazing community of online friendships that arise from blogging and last night I experienced the power of that community for myself.
Last summer while I was hiking the Bruce Trail end to end, I began following another blogger on the same journey at Bruce Trail Musings. By the end of August, Magdalena and her hiking partner, Marian, were close behind us and it appeared that they would overtake Helen and I while we were on a 2 week hiatus. Then disaster struck. Marian had a fall and broke her ankle. The details of her evacuation from the trail were posted and through it all, Magdalena and I commented back and forth to each other through our blogs. Afterwards, with my journey completed and Marian still in recovery, our blogs fell silent and we stopped contact.
Early in December, I received an email from Magdalena asking me if I would be interested in meeting her for a cup of coffee. What an inspired idea! Two bloggers with a common interest in the Bruce Trail finally meeting each other. It turned out we lived relatively close to one another and we chatted in a local Starbucks for quite some time. We had so much more in common than our love of the Bruce.
A few week ago, Magdalena made contact again. She wanted to bring together the 4 teams of women she knew who were all hiking the Bruce Trail end to end. She organized a dinner party in her home for the 10 of us to meet and share our experiences. Unfortunately one team was unable to join us since they were actually back out on the trail in an attempt to finish the final 80km in their journey. The remaining 6 of us met last night and shared an evening of great food and conversation – six high energy women with a passion for the outdoors and a need for adventure.
Over the past year, I have really enjoyed blogging and the opportunity to express myself in this public forum. I have been thrilled by every conversation I’ve had with other bloggers, but I never imagined that blogging would also provide the opportunity to meet new friends in the ‘real’ world. Many thanks to Magdalena from Bruce Trail Musings for making this wonderful evening happen.
Cheers to everyone for happy trails and lasting friendships.