Legally Blind Woman from Portland, Maine, Showed Mount Katahdin Who is Boss
This story is super inspiring and makes me want to be more adventurous and also more grateful for what I have.
According to WGME, Sara Nichols from Portland, Maine, had a real life nightmare play out in real life. Seven years ago she was at the beach and noticed she was starting to lose her sight. As you can imagine, she was forced to completely adjust her life and everything in it. The site states that at first she was devastated and focusing on what this disability had taken from her. But once she realized what she was still able to do after being affected with vision loss, she wasn't as devastated anymore.
The article says she got a job at the Iris Network where she is able to help other people with visual impairments. Seven months ago, Sara discovered hiking and developed a serious passion for the hobby. Like you do with most new things, Sara started off slow. She dipped her toes in the hiking pond and started with some short hikes. From there she built up enough confidence to do some four-mile trips and then made her way to 4,000 footers.
Then on June 12, Sara conquered her greatest challenge yet; Mount Katahdin! Aka the holy grail for hikers! It is the tallest peak in Maine standing at 5,269 feet. It took five hours and lots of work but she did it! Her friend and hiking buddy Dawn snapped that proud summit photo to commemorate this amazing milestone!
If you think Sara is throwing in the towel after conquering this feat, you’d be WRONG. She’s just heating up. The site states that now Sara is planning to check all 67 of the 4,000 foot mountains in New England off her list. YOU GO GIRL! Sara, I hope you know how many people you are inspiring with your strength and positivity!