Don those capes and strap on those hiking boots (or tennis shoes) because Black Kids Adventures, Inc. and Thrive Alabama are hosting a Hero Hike November 5 and you’re not going to want to miss it! The free event will features a spotlight on local veterans and a guided hike down Jones Valley Loop at Fanning Trailhead.
What’s a Hero Hike?
The Hero Hike is a family-friendly trek to honor veterans. The hike will take place at Fanning Trailhead and will include a presentation by Mr. William Hampton of Huntsville Revisited about local veterans.
In addition to joining the hike, participants are invited to bring snack-food donations for the Floyd E. “Tutt” Fann State Veterans Home. Donations can include: full-sized candy bars, Little Debbie Snack Cakes, variety packs of potato chips, mini cans of soda, & more.
From the Mouth of a Child
Zenovia Stephens and her family are no strangers to being on the trail. In fact, it’s such a favorite past time of the family that their oldest son came up with the idea for a Hero Hike when he was just 8 years old.
“In March we were sitting around as a family discussing ideas for Black Kids Adventures for this year and he blurted out ‘let’s do a Hero Hike.’ When I asked him what it was, he explained that it was a hike to honor Veterans and all they’ve done for us. He said he felt they were heroes! It was that moment I named him Creative Director in Training and announced this hike would be coming in November,” Stephens said.
Stephens said making the event happen was a no brainer. Known for actively involving her family in their adventures she uses these moments to empower her children.
“As parents, it’s always important to listen to the dreams and ideas of our children and do our part in helping actualize them. I wanted all my boys to know we value their thoughts and input and that they can achieve anything they put their minds to. I also found it incredibly honorable that a child felt so strongly about the efforts and sacrifices of Veterans and wanted to create an entire event in their honor.”
Hero Hike Details
Lauren Lee is a longtime dog mom transitioning to life as a rookie human mom. She is married to her college sweetheart, Josh, and they welcomed their son, Oliver, to the world in June. Lauren is a Jacksonville State University alumni and has been a published writer since she was sixteen. In her free time, Lauren enjoys reading, writing, knitting and hiking with her two dogs.