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Melody Warnick stands on the outcrop at
McAfee Knob, along the Appalachian Trail
near Roanoke , Virginia.

This Magic Moment
Melody Warnick is the author of the newly released book
"This Is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving
the Place You Live" (Viking, 2016). She lives with her family
in Blacksburg, Virginia. She still hasn't attempted much of
the Appalachian Trail. by Melody Warnick
My car was stocked like a 7-Eleven. Sticky glazed donuts. Thick
Rice Krispie treats. Chips,
M&Ms, bottles of Gatorade.
Enveloped in a sugar-salt
cloud, I was driving back roads
through southwest Virginia,
looking for eight 15-year-old
girls on the Appalachian Trail.
They'd set out the day before
to hike 25 miles from Pearis74 BlueRidgeCountry.com

burg, Virginia, to Dismal Falls.
Most of the teenagers-girls
I'd grown to love at church-
were new at backpacking.
Conquering part of the A.T., I
knew, would be a gift of adolescent self-confidence. If you
can backpack 25 miles, you
can do anything! Yet the girls
themselves weren't quite sure
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