Mari Kempf

“I’m a 25-year-old woman who left the Amish community, the only life I’ve ever known, after surviving years of abuse from the church. Hiking and being out in nature have always given me fresh perspective. I hope to come back from this hike with clarity on what my next step will be in this new life. I hope to make friends and interact with people from other places and cultures like I was unable to do in the community. I hope this hike will enable me to make a smoother transition into mainstream society.  I wish for clarity and peace. I wish for the knowledge, the means, and confidence to help others who wish to experience the outdoors in a healing capacity. I wish to bring the beauty of the trails to those who can’t physically get out and hike. I wish to be the change and spread the love in a world that needs people who care.”