Sandra and I were living in Columbia, SC at this time. We drove north two hours north to Kings Mountain State Park so Sandra could try out her new boots, backpack, and other camping gear. We took our dogs Dezi, Blue, and Tumbleweed with us. Sandra was really enjoying the process of buying as well as trying out equipment. We went to many different parks for day hikes and overnights. She was building confidence to tackle the Appalachian Trail.