Classroom Visit

Today I had the privilege of visiting my first classroom to share my adventure with them. The students at Enfield Station School in Enfield greated me with open arms and sincere well-wishes. I was so excited, and they were excited. There was enough energy in the room to power a small town. Even though my background is in education, this platform was humbling and an eye opener for me. I have taught, substituted and coached over the years and am no stranger to a young audience, but this was different. I felt a strange, but good feeling of “You’d better not mess this up”. I was a guest, one representing a culture that not many understand or have experienced, not even myself yet, the culture of long distance backpacking. In my naive state I can only hope that i have opened up a new world to them of awe and wondering and curiosity. Thanks again Grade 5. I will remember your smiling faces and words of encouragement when the trail is rough and wearing on me.

Happy Hiking.

Emily 🙂

Emily M. Leonard

About Emily M. Leonard

I am a 50 year old Maine native and lover of the outdoors. Former Physical Education teacher and soccer coach. I am Married to the best husband ever and gave up teaching and coaching to raise our two wonderful sons. I have always enjoyed being outside and on the go.