ROTC, reserve and active U.S. military servicemen and women complete a grueling full-ruck road march with the goal of earning either a bronze, silver or gold German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Oct. 14, 2018. The multiday challenge, which is overseen and awarded by a German armed forces liaison, tests soldiers on their fitness ability, knowledge of first aid, marksmanship and other battlefield expertise.
What do we do on our days off? We wake up willingly, obviously crazy, at 5 AM. Our craziness pays off every time, though. Woke up this AM (barely AM) to go hike Rough Ridge in the pitch dark to watch the sunrise. It was cooold but worth it. Then, we just had to eat breakfast at @sunrisegrillboone (a certain kind of kinship, I guess😉). Next time you’re going through Boone, NC, stop & get some of their hash or eggs Benedict. They’re yummy! Around 4 we started the hike up to watch the sunset at Hawksbill. The hike itself was semi-brutal for several reasons, but GEEZ that sunset! Rays were spilling everywhere! 😍#itsalwaysworthit Love you, @jmcartisticphotography Thanks for an amazing day! 😘
Today, someone I trust and admire told me - much to my surprise - that I still have a strong Appalachian accent, even after living in New York for over a decade. At first, I was embarrassed: ever since I was a little girl, I've been painfully aware of the stigma a "country" accent carries, and I've worked long and hard to banish my lilting, sing-song accent and any trace of my rural upbringing. . . . But it's a part of me. West Virginia air was the first I ever breathed, and the hills of southeastern Ohio - my first home, where my parents were farmers for much of my formative years - still take my breath away when we're reunited. The trees and native plants are old friends I know well from long hikes with my dad. I can feed a crowd, can summer produce, and build a good, strong fire. And I can definitely appreciate a good bluegrass tune and sweet homemade wine. . . . So tonight, I sit with one of my most treasured books - written by my parents' kindergarten teacher, Elsa, I woman I never met but feel like I know through her beautiful writing - and drink chamomile tea from my West Virginia Public Radio mug. And I feel so, so proud about where I came from, and the woman I am today - accent and all. 💗 . . . #gratitude#appalachia#countrygirlatheart#rememberyourroots#nostalgia#oldbooks#outofprintbooks#southeasternohio#embraceyouraccent