The newest member of the Blue Ridge Outdoors team, Travel Editor Jess Daddio, had a rough introduction to her new job: she traveled to Trail Days in Damascus to represent the magazine as part of the BRO Roadshow. A recent graduate of Emory and Henry College and a southwest Virginia native, she is intimately familiar with the region, so Saturday’s tragic accident during the Hikers Parade was especially heart-wrenching for her and for us. We are pulling for the victims involved and hope for a speedy recovery for all in what appears to be purely a combination of bad timing and bad luck. One thing we know for sure is that this supremely unfortunate accident will not stop Trail Days and will not stop anyone from attempting to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. The trail hiking community will rally around the victims, those involved, and those first responders who reacted quickly and bravely to ensure the damage to life was limited. Thank you to all who lent a hand.
Below are some photos from the event both pre- and post- parade Jess sent from the field.