Eli qela libonisa abantu ukuba iNdalo yeyabafazi abaMnyama, nayo

Abasetyhini abasibhozo bemi kwisangqa ezantsi kweNtaba yeCrowders eGastonia, North Carolina-ngosuku oluza kufikelela ngokukhawuleza kwi-87 degrees-kwaye ubuncinane omnye wabo ukhathazekile. Isibhengezo esigcweleyo: Andingomntu wangaphandle, utsho uLisa Toppin, usekela mongameli kwinkampani yeenkonzo zemali eCharlotte ekufutshane. Phofu umyeni wam usuke wahleka kakhulu kumbono wokuba ndiphume apha—efana nokuvala amathumbu, ndilila ngathi yintsini. Wayesoloko elubiza ngokuba ‘luhambo lokufa.’ Cinga ngomntu okhwele inqwelo-moya eluqhwayela mhlophe: Ndim lo ukuba kufuneka ndibe ngaphandle. Abantu basenokuthi, ‘Heyi, jonga intulo!’ Kodwa andifuni ukumbona. Uyakwazi ukwenza into yakhe. Iqela liyaqhekeka. I-Toppin yongeza, phantse ngokuqinisekileyo, Sekunjalo, ndonwabile ukuba yinxalenye yale nto.



Lo ngumgama oziikhilomitha ezi-5.6, iiyure ezine ezinesiqingatha kuhambo lokuya nokubuya oluya kuthi luvuthulule iCrowders Trail iyonke indlela ukuya encotsheni, inyuka enoboya obuthile phezu kwegrabile engwevu kudlula ihlathi elinomthunzi wompayina kunye ne-oki. Abasebenzi bahlotshiswe ngee-T-shirts ezikhululekile, i-sneakers ezigugileyo, kunye ne-leggings-akukho yoga-babe Lululemon ensembles apha. Inkokeli ngu-Yanira Castro, inkosikazi edlamkileyo enosisi omkhulu. Ungumthunywa osuka I-Afro yangaphandle (OA), iminyaka esibhozo ubudala engenzi nzuzo.

Njengalo naliphi na iqela lezendalo elixabisa iipilisi zalo zokukhupha ityuwa, i-OA ithatha abaqalayo kunye neengcali zokukhempisha, ukukhwela amanzi amhlophe, i-kayaking, kunye ne-skiing. Kodwa ikwaququzelela uhambo oluya kwiminyhadala yasezidolophini, amasimi amakhoboka ngaxeshanye, kunye neMyuziyam yeSizwe yeMbali yase-Afrika yaseMelika kunye neNkcubeko, kunye neejaunts zokupakisha ebusuku. Kuba njengoko igama layo libonisa, amalungu ayo ikakhulu ngabantu ongazange ubabone kwintengiso yoBuso baseMantla: abafazi abamnyama. I-adventure enye ngexesha, umbutho uchitha ngovuyo ingcamango yokuba amanenekazi amnyama ayenzi indalo.



Ukuchitha ixesha ngaphandle akufuneki kube ngamava agqithisileyo, anoxinzelelo, utshilo umseki we-OA, uRue Mapp. Abantu abantsundu abazami ukumema uxinezeleko olungakumbi ebomini bethu—asijingi ecaleni kwengxondorha. Asiyidingi loo adrenaline eyongezelelweyo. Siya kwindalo yoluntu kunye nonyango oluthile. Ukuza kuthi ga ngoku, umbutho ubambe malunga nemisitho engama-65 ngenyanga kwilizwe lonke, nganye ibhengezwe kwi-Meetup.com kwaye ikhokelwa ngunozakuzaku ovavanyiweyo ngokucokisekileyo; Abantu abangama-24 000 baya kuzo nyaka ngamnye.



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Namhlanje, kwinto ebizwa ngokuba yi-OA kukunyuka okuphilisayo, iqela limi engceni ngelixa uCastro ecacisa. Siva amabali amantombazana amancinci ahlaselwa ngenxa yokunxiba iinwele ngendlela ethile, abafana abadutyulwa ngaphandle kwesizathu, utsho. Emva koko into esijongene nayo emsebenzini, njengokujongana ngendlela engabalulekanga ngokobuhlanga, kodwa ... Phantse wonke umntu ohambahambayo mmm hmms ngokuqaphela. UCastro uthatha ithoni eqinisekisayo: Singathetha ngayo apha. Kwaye siya kuba nexesha elininzi, ngoko masihambe.

Ukuya ehlathini, abakhweli badlula uphawu lweplexiglass olunomfanekiso kaRebecca Gordon Brevard, owayekhe walikhoboka kwaye kamva waba ngumnini wesibhakabhaka somhlaba wasekhaya. AbakwaBrevards bathenge iihektare ezingama-24, utshilo uCastro. Ngoko uninzi lwalo mhlaba wawu...

Eyethu, ingenelela uLeslie Scott, umqeqeshi wezempilo onobubele kunye nentlalontle kumnqwazi obanzi womququ. Ukumbombozela okubulelayo kuyaphuphuma njengoko iqela lithatha imifanekiso yomqondiso. Kwathatha inzala yeBrevards iminyaka emibini ukufumana umakishayo apha, utsho uCastro. Imbali yethu ithande ukungcwatywa, kwaye kufuneka sigrumbe sigrumbe.

UScott uhamba ngendlela ephethe intonga eshwabeneyo ngelixa ebalisa ngobuntwana baseCarlifonia obuchithwe ephaphazela emachibini nasemilanjeni. Emva kokuba ndifudukele eSan Diego, andizange ndiphume ngaphandle kangako, utsho, kwaye ndaqala ukuziva loo lahleko. Xa ndandifudukela eCharlotte ndeva ngeOutdoor Afro, ndacinga, Ngaba abantu base-Afrika baseMelika benza oku? Kwaye singaphuma siye kuthetha ngaphandle kokucofa kwizihloko ezithile? Ndiyayidinga le. Kufuneka.

Zilumkele ezi ngcambu zindala, y'all, u-Kendra Jason ubiza umva kwezinye iingcaphephe, eziluka amatyholo aphantsi aphithene negunya. Ngaphambi kohambo lwakhe lokuqala lwe-OA ngentwasahlobo ka-2016, uJason wayengazange akhwele intaba, amise inkampu, okanye atyibilize ekhephini. Ezo zinto bezisoloko zikho, kodwa andizange ndicinge ukuba ndingayenza njani ndedwa, utshilo. Kwaye ndiyiPhD yokwenyani- ndiyaluqonda uphando.

Ndicinga ukuba abantu abaninzi abantsundu bayakugxeka ukuba ngaphandle kuba bekunxulumanisa nokuba ‘lilizwe’—ingakumbi eMzantsi, apho silwa noluvo lokuba indawo yethu yehlabathi iyacotha kwaye ayifundanga, utsho uJason. Abanye abantu abantsundu baye bazikhwebula kuko konke oko ngokuzakhela ezidolophini baze baqhubele phambili besuka ngaphandle. Xa usiva ‘Abantu abaNtsundu abaqubhi,’ kukho imbali ende emva koko.

Inxalenye yobukhoboka, kwakhona, utsho uScott, amagqabi awomileyo ashwabene ngaphantsi kweeteki zakhe.

I-Mapp yabelana ngenkolelo yokuba abantu abamnyama banokudibanisa indalo kunye nomonzakalo wexesha elidlulileyo. Cinga ngamazwi kaBillie Holiday's 'Isiqhamo esingaqhelekanga': Umzimba omnyama ujinga kwimpepho yasemaZantsi, uthi. Loo mfanekiso—woloyiko lwasehlathini—ugcinwe kwinkumbulo yesizukulwana, yaye ubangela uloyiko lwemimandla esemagqagaleni. Akumangalisi ukuba abanye bethu baziva bekhululekile ukuba kwindalo ngokwamaqela.

Ingxenye yesithathu yendlela yokunyuka, ukushisa kweNorth Carolina kugcwele ngokupheleleyo-abafazi babonakala ngathi baye babhadula bephuma kwigumbi lomphunga. Impumlo kaSonia Clarke imenyezela ekukhanyeni kwelanga; Uyimbaleki ekudala ingumhambi kunye nomhambi, kwaye ukufuduka eWashington state ukuya eCharlotte ngo-2004 kwamshiya eziva ephoxekile. Andizange ndifumane nabani na ofuna ukwenza izinto ezifanayo nam. Wonke umntu wayefuna ukuya kutya kuphela, utsho. Ndiye ndade ndangena kwiMeetup ndafumana iOutdoor Afro. UCharlotte unokuziva e-cliquish, kodwa hayi eli qela.

ULisa Ward ungumthandi wendalo kodwa ungumntu wokuqala we-OA; umfoti onobuchule, uhlala ekhomba ilensi yakhe emahlathini naselwandle. Ujonga abanye abakhweli beenyawo bezolile, bema emphethweni wendlela ukuze babambe izithonga zehlathi kunye namalungu omthi awileyo alungele INkosi yamaRings . Indalo indenzela yona, utshilo uWard. Ngeli xesha, uToppin, umhlobo kaWard ukusuka kwiintsuku zabo kwiYunivesithi yaseHoward phantse kumashumi amathathu eminyaka eyadlulayo, uphefumla nzima, ebuhlungu, kwaye enika umqondiso uCastro wekhefu ngokuphakamisa isandla sakhe ngokungathi upasa esikolweni esiphakathi.

Ifoto: Carol Von Zumwalt

Intetho ibuyela kuqhawulo lwangaphandle. Phantse isiqingatha sabantu abenza imisebenzi yangaphandle bafumana ngaphezulu kweedola ezingama-75,000 ngonyaka, ngoko unokucinga ukuba ngubani ongabandakanyiyo, utsho uJason, ewangawangisa ngelifu elincinane leembuzane. Esi sesinye isizathu sokuba abantu bebala bangakwazi ukwenza le misebenzi-bafuna utyalo-mali.

Kodwa uthetha malunga neenkampu zasezidolophini ezifuna ukuba nazo zonke izinto. UScott uthi, ukukhempisha ikhempini, echola indlela yakhe ngentonga yakhe—intonga yokoqobo, hayi enye i-carbon composite trekking pole exabisa i-139.95 yeedola. Sasingezozityebi, kodwa sasinephenyane lokuloba, yaye sasimema nabani na ukuba ahambe naye. Sahamba ngeJet Skied ehlotyeni, yonke loo nto.

I-Toppin, ukuphulaphula kwimithi embalwa kude, ikhanya. Into ehlala ingena engqondweni yam xa abantu beqala ukuthetha ngenkampu kukuba, Ngubani oza kubeka i-mint emqamelweni wam? Kodwa nonke niyenza ivakale imnandi.

Abantu bafuna ukuzama ukuloba kunye nezinye izinto, kodwa boyika ukuba abazi ukuba njani, utshilo uCastro. Yiloo nto i-Outdoor Afro izisa etafileni: Yiza uhlale nathi. Ngaba awunazo izixhobo? Umntu uya kuboleka. Ufuna ukukhwela? Siza kukufumana apho. Akukho bag yokulala? Ndikufumene. Phuma okokuqala, kwaye siya kuyenza kunye.

UClarke unika uToppin ukucofa okuxhasayo kufutshane nencopho.
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Njengomntwana waseKhalifoniya, uMapp, umseki we-OA, wayeyonwaba ukukhwela ibhayisekile yakhe ezindleleni zasemaphandleni kunye nokujonga imijelo yasekuhlaleni. Xa wayephakathi kwiminyaka engama-30 ubudala, waye ngumama oqhawule umtshato wabantwana abathathu. Emva koko umcebisi wambuza umbuzo: Ukuba ixesha kunye nemali ibingeyongxaki, ubuya kuba wenza ntoni? Ndavula umlomo wam, kwaye ubomi bam bawa, utsho uMapp. Ndathi, ‘Ndiza kuqalisa iwebhusayithi yokunxibelelana kwakhona abantu base-Afrika baseMelika ngaphandle.’ Emva kokudala i-OA njengebhlog, waqaphela amandla omyalezo wakhe. Abantu belizwe lonke baphakamisa izandla zabo zedijithali kwaye bathi, 'Ndiyayithanda indalo, kwaye nantsi indlela.'

Amandla okwakha uluntu lwe-Mapp aboniswe ngokupheleleyo kwindlela, apho i-combo ye-mugginess kunye nokudinwa kufana ne-solvent yomlingo ediliza imiqobo kwaye ikhuphe iingcamango ezinzulu. UCastro ukhumbula umlungu asebenza naye evuma ukuba wayesoyikiswa kakhulu xa babeqala ukudibana. Kwaye ndacinga, Kwakutheni ukuze kube njalo? Ngaba awuzange udibane nabani na owathetha ngendlela abaziva ngayo kwaye wafana nam? Kungekudala, onke amabali okurhweba kwiingxabano kunye nokulindela.

Yonke imihla ndibukela oogxa bam abamnyama besebenza: iintloko zijonge phantsi, ndithetha xa ndithetha naye, utsho uToppin, phantsi komthi webeech. Ndandizama ukuba elinye ibhinqa linyuselwe, yaye omnye okwinqanaba eliphezulu wathi, ‘Sifuna imbono engakumbi kuye.’ Eli bhinqa lindixelela ukuba, ‘Ndandifundiswe ukuba ndibonwe yaye ndingaviwa. Ndirhoxa kubunkokeli.’ Sasebenza ngayo, kodwa uninzi lwaloo miyalezo midala isavela.

Ngokungathi uthunyelwe ngumlawuli we-Hollywood rom-com, umfana omnyama ongenahempe ubaleka ejikela kwiqela. Unomhlathi osisikweri kwaye ushushu osisisidenge ngepesenti yamafutha omzimba kwidijithi enye. Iyayeka yonke incoko. Owu, Mholweni, bathi abambalwa babasetyhini kwilizwi labo lika-Olivia Pope, kwaye wanqwala, Manene. Owesibini udlula, uToppin, uguqe ngamadolo phezulu, wenza ngathi ubaleka emva kwakhe ngesantya esiphezulu ngelixa abanye bencwina yintsini.

Sadibana entabeni..., uJason uyaqhula, eqhelisela intetho aza kuyinikela emtshatweni wakhe noRunning Buff Dude.

U-Baker (ekhohlo), inkokeli entsha ye-OA, kunye neWard, okhe wanyuk' intaba eVirginia's Shenandoah Valley kunye neGreat Falls Park, gab ecaleni kwenxalenye yokuqala yendlela.
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Kwi-homestretch, abafazi bayahlukana babe ngababini kunye nabathathu: UClake kunye nengcali ye-IT ethetha ngokuthambileyo u-Cheryl Baker bayancokola ngelixa i-Toppin igxuma phakathi kwamaqela, inikezela ngamantongomane axubileyo kwingxowa ye-ziplock engaphezulu. Bakhupha yonke into ngokuthandana (Into ye-intanethi yayi hayi indawo yam, ukhala omnye) kwiindawo zokutyela zebarbecue (Awuzange uye eHawg Wild? Umntu uthi ngokungakholelwa kunye nenkxalabo encinci).

Imizuzu elishumi yokugqibela ukuya encotsheni yeNtaba yeCrowders ineseti yamanyathelo okubopha umzila kaloliwe anyukayo kwaye ayingozi, ayafana neStairMaster sikaSathana. Emini emaqanda ilanga lisibane sobushushu, yaye amanenekazi ajonga phezulu eqhiphuke umbilini lomthi othukile. Uphawu olukhulu olufundeka isilumkiso: ukwenzakala okumandundu kunye nokufa kwenzeke ngaphaya kweli nqanabaayibonakali ikhuthaza kakhulu. Kodwa beza kunyuka, kwaye baya kunyuka - akukho bani ungaboniyo oku.

Abafazi bahamba ngezinyuko becotha, izikipa zabo ziya zisiba mbi ngomzuzu. Kuthe cwaka ngendlela eyothusayo—ngaphandle nje kokukhefuzela nokucula iintaka—de kubekho umntu okhwazayo ethi Phefumla! Ngoku bayavuyisana, iliza elifudumeleyo lokukhuthazana. Oh ukulunga kwam! ukhwaza omnye, njengoko ilizwi libuyela emva, Yintoni isihogo ? Omnye uqala ukucula umxholo ukusuka Rocky , kwaye ngoku bonke bayayicula, bencwina kwaye befunxa ngesingqi. Kwaye ke bakwincopho yentaba, apho amaxhalanga alandelela ii-arcs eziphakamileyo kwi-vista. Ngokukhanya okudambileyo kubetha ebusweni babo, oodade abasibhozo bakhamisile kumgca oxhonyiweyo, bekrwaqula kumbono weemayile ezingama-25. Ikhangeleka ngcono kunokuba bebecinga.

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