Chance encounter

Woman runs into Hillary Clinton while out for a walk in the woods

Margot Gerster and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. (Facebook).

A New York woman had the chance encounter of a lifetime on Thursday while out taking a walk in a nearby woods. Margot Gerster of Chappaqua decided to go for a hike in the woods with her children and ran into none other than Hillary and Bill Clinton, who were out walking their dog. Gerster, with her little daughter riding in a harness on her back, had her photo taken with Hillary — Bill was behind the camera — and she posted it on Facebook along with a few words about the extraordinary experience.

Gerster had been in the doldrums after the election outcome, but her spirits were lifted considerably after the unexpected rendezvous out in nature. “Ive been feeling so heartbroken since yesterday’s election and decided what better way to relax than take my girls hiking,” Gerster wrote in her Facebook post. “As we were leaving, I heard a bit of rustling coming towards me and as I stepped into the clearing there she was, Hillary Clinton and Bill with their dogs doing exactly the same thing as I was. I got to hug her and talk to her and tell her that one of my most proudest moments as a mother was taking Phoebe with me to vote for her.” The photo had been racking up likes and shares like crazy for obvious reasons, but Gerster has now changed the privacy settings so it’s no longer publicly visible. In the post, she went on to say, “She hugged me and thanked me and we exchanged some sweet pleasantries and then I let them continue their walk. Now, I’m not one for signs but I think ill definitely take this one. So proud.”


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