December 25, 2022 In two weeks, we depart on our next adventure – New Zealand! We are escaping to the southern hemisphere for three months to enjoy summer hiking while it is frigid at home. *All images courtesy of wikimedia commons until we have our own!
Continue reading “New Zealand” →
August 22, 2022: Surry Hills, England. Dorking was not what you’d expect. Just outside London, it had vineyards, pastures, park and pond. And no chickens.
Continue reading “Dorking” →
June – July. We are day-hiking several Croatian National Parks on our journey. Strange and exotic names beckon: Ucka, Velebit, Paklenica, Plitvice, Krka, Mljet, and Kravica. How do we rate them? Read on and see!
Continue reading “Croatian National Parks” →
July 15, Day 43: Silver Falls should be a National Park. Jean and I assess every hike in terms of it’s “payoff” – the reward for the effort. Typically, this is a great view or wildlife. This park has a ten-fold payoff: ten stunning waterfalls in a single eight-mile loop hike! Three of the falls are over 100 feet tall, with the highest at 178 feet. The trail cuts behind the falls in four places, with sunshine and rainbows before you as you rest in the cool of the rock alcoves. A huge payoff!
Continue reading “Silver Falls” →
July 20, Day 49: Yesterday, we watched the sunrise at Rainier; today, we set out to hike Skyline Loop Trail. Snow still covered much of the mountainside, even in late July. Where it had retreated, bright green grass and wildflowers of every hue displayed their brief glory.
Continue reading “Rainier Hike” →
June 22, Day 21: We found hidden life in Death Valley. Yes, that picture is #nofilter, unretouched. While the temperature in the valley was well over 100F, Darwin Falls was a cool, willow-shaded oasis teeming with red dragonflies, lizards, and chirping birds.
Continue reading “Life in Death Valley” →