Dear Kara and Frith,
Thanks again for another great trip away with the girls. I know how much effort goes into the detail – champagne at the finish, wonderful restaurants, old timber boats, etc.
If anyone had told me 10 years ago that I would be plodding my way through 42km and 34km off-road races in my mid-40’s I possibly would have believed them (anything is possible!) but I would have wondered how the hell that was going to happen.
Ironically, it was me that encouraged Rusty to get into trekking then found myself staying at home with the little boys while he trekked all over the world and racked up over 15 Kokoda Tracks (including a ‘there and back’ in five days). I was cheering him on from the sidelines whilst slowly becoming a bit resentful. He was doing what I would have loved to be doing but I didn’t know how to change that.
Frith, then you started GirlsTrek! And Kara and Kath asked me to go to Hong Kong with them….thus the start of our yearly treks and the races and challenges in-between. I don’t think I would have been having these wonderful adventures with my girlfriends without GirlsTrek or Kara’s encouragement along the way.
I have never been a naturally sporty person. I think this is why I love trekking. The ‘shetland pony’ can trudge along in the rear, comfortable with the long legged race horses and still part of the stable.
I don’t think I would be exaggerating if I said that my trips with GirlsTrek have been life transforming for me. They give me a good excuse to get away with my girlfriends for a holiday every year sans husband and children, have taken me to truly majestic parts of our world and have kept me fit and strong and connected with my mind and body.
You have been good friends to me. And Kara, you have been a particularly supportive, encouraging and caring friend since our boys started kindy together.
I am not being sentimental. I simply wanted to say – thank you.