Meet our #GWHAmbassadors: Yvonne Temal
Name: Yvonne Temal
Hometown/Current Home: Anaheim-Fullerton
What chapter are you an Ambassador for?: Orange County!
How long have you been apart of Girls Who Hike for?: Almost a year!
How did you find the Girls Who Hike organization?: Via Facebook
What made you want to become a Girls Who Hike Ambassador?: When I first joined the group I did things a little backwards, I began hosting hikes before I started joining in on hikes. I did this to get out of my comfort zone and step up in putting myself out there. I realized how much I enjoyed introducing the ladies to different hiking locations and interacting with everyone as a group, and in one on one conversations. Also, I love telling other women I run into on the trails about gwh. As an Ambassador I hope to continue to spread the word and contribute even more to help each chapter grow! (representing gwh as a whole, many chapters but we are one).
How did you get into hiking?: I began hiking here and there with friends about a year ago, however, I became more involved and serious about it after my last relationship, a cancer scare, and an accident (not my own)... Funny enough, it was my ex who took me on my first "big hike," 12 miles on ice house canyon (and yes, this was after the break up). So grateful! He introduced me to something that I'm now very passionate about and that has helped me heal and learn more about others, myself, life, and love (we no longer speak, moved on to better things, like this group!)
What's your favorite thing about spending time in the outdoors?: the clarity and peace I gain. The moments I have to focus inward as much as outward. The connection with nature and the constant visits from my spirit animal (the butterfly). Meeting new people and hearing their inspiring stories and being able to share my own.
List three things you can't go hiking without: Survival kit, trekking poles (now that I finally have them!), sunscreen
What do you love the most about being a Girls Who Hike Ambassador?: Connecting with women from all different lifestyles and backgrounds. Being inspired, and motivated by their stories, and personally, being able to do what I can to be a positive part of gwh and the hiking community in general.
What advice would you give ladies who are new to hiking?: You gotta start somewhere, and you don't know what you don't know. The journey starts with one step. The way to learning is doing...Ask questions, learn, grow, lend a helping hand to others. Face you're fears, step out of your comfort zone, and let this all propel you forward into nature... and your greatness! Seeing theamazing ladies of this group conquer mountains and face their fears and insecurities...you all give me life. This is why I love what I do. Happy hiking!