Travel & Adventure

No Barriers

Citizen HikerNovember 2019No Barriers

Just Taylor doesn’t like to be told “You can’t.” After enduring two failed knee replacement surgeries and more than two years of mobility challenges and pain, the Phoenix hiker had to make a difficult decision. “My options were to fuse my leg straight, or do another revision and forever give up my active lifestyle, or elect amputation. I elected to amputate.” Last July, Taylor’s left leg was removed from above the knee. The process was...
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Aspiring biologist and hiking enthusiast Emilia Posada of Buckeye has a creative way of expressing herself while tackling Arizona trails. The 9-year-old was inspired to embrace her personality after reading the book Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle. “I like the part about playing in sand and dirt and wearing hiking boots with dresses,” Posada says. “The book teaches you that it’s OK to be yourself.” With a little help from her...

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