Category Hiking

North Head

New Year’s Eve Day was a bit of an odd one.  It felt like a holiday but all the fun wouldn’t start until night-time.  It was also our last full day in Sydney, and Amanda and I wanted to use it to do the last odds-and-ends that had caught our curiosity but not been done […]

Southern Highlands

On Sunday we rented a car for a day trip outside of Sydney.  We considered going to the Blue Mountains (famed for their natural beauty) but ultimately settled on the Southern Highlands, since they offered both natural beauty (a waterfall!) and cute villages (shops!). All of the in-town car rental agencies were sold out, so […]

Three Peaks Challenge: Mount Snowdon

We drove through the night from the Lake District in northwestern England to Snowdownia in northern Wales.  We were sweaty and sore from the two previous hikes, and I dearly wished to sleep.  Alas, it was at best a night of fitful dozing. At 4am we arrived at the base of Mount Snowdon, the last […]

Three Peaks Challenge: Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis is the tallest peak in Scotland, and all of the UK for that matter.  We tackled it first.  Left the lodge in Fort William at 5:00am and got to the trailhead about 20 minutes later.  We paused long enough for a group photo . . . . . . and then took off […]

Three Peaks Challenge

I’m on the train to Scotland! The farther north we go, the wetter and greyer it becomes. Green hills dotted with sheep and sat upon by thick low clouds. It’s a refreshing change from sweltering London. This morning started early. I bid fond farewell to Amanda, whose month-long stay has ended; she’s en route to […]

Walking at Bray’s Head

One of my colleagues had recommended visiting Bray, a village on the coast a few miles south of Dublin, and walking up to the cliffs at nearby Bray’s Head.  Thanks to the beautifully long days here in Ireland, I was able to make it there in time to watch the sun set.  It was gorgeous. […]

We climbed a hill!

The ancient city of Edinburgh nestles among the rocky crags of extinct volcanoes.  The castle sits atop one of them.  The other most prominent crag is known as Arthur’s Seat and it rises above the city some 800+ feet.  Its name colorfully evokes Arthurian legend but the origin is actually unknown.  It could also be […]