Active Aging Week starts on Sunday September 25. In Buncombe County, they are offering walks, talks, pep rallies and chair exercises.
But seniors won’t be offered hiking, biking or rafting. In the heaven which is Western North Carolina, no one will be taking seniors on the Blue Ridge Parkway or to the Smokies. Everything will happen in the various communities and much of it indoors.
Carolina Mountain Club has not been invited to participate even though almost all our active hikers are over 50 and many are over 65. It’s like we’re living in a parallel universe.
No one is telling seniors that their peers are hiking 8 to 12 miles a day every Sunday and Wednesday. They have to discover us (the hiking club) online or by bumping into an existing member.
So if you’re reading this and wonder if Active Aging Week is talking to you, come out and hike with CMC instead.