By Julie Sherwood, Messenger Post, link to original post
From south Florida to Maine, women are letting go of the day-to-day stress of family and work life through outdoor adventure. Biking, hiking, swimming and boating — you name it, the women of Women Outdoors are doing it.
A nonprofit, all-volunteer organization founded in 1980, Women Outdoors Inc. keeps growing. With the magnificent hills, valleys, lakes and waterfalls of the Finger Lakes region, it’s no wonder the group from Ontario County and surrounding communities is full of activity. “The ride on the Auburn Trail was great,” said Margaret Cooper of Canandaigua, about a April 14 bicycle ride.
A group rode from Mickey Finn’s restaurant in the village of Victor to the hamlet of Fishers. At a leisurely pace, they enjoyed meeting walkers along the way, conversation and taking in the beauty of the trail, Cooper said.
While activities vary in terms of physical challenge, outings are never competitive. “It is a fun, low-key group,” said June Fisher, also a member of the Finger Lakes chapter of Women Outdoors.
One memorable outing for her was a kayaking trip. Having never kayaked before, Fisher said she wondered how it would go. One of the women brought extra kayaks for those who didn’t have one, she said, and the experienced kayakers guided the newbies.
By the time the trip was done, they all loved the sport so much, said Fisher, “we all went out and bought kayaks.”
Editors note: Women’s Outdoors Inc. has chapters in the Finger Lakes region, Albany NY region and Western NY.