Category Nature

Road trip!

Following my grandfather’s advice never to travel the same road twice, we took the long way back from Stanley to Boise. First stop:  Some lake that I’ve forgotten the name of.  It was gorgeous and clear and we wanted to stay there all day.  If we’d had lawn chairs, we probably would have done . […]

Mark and Sarah get married

The happy reason for this trek out West was my little brother’s wedding.  After his first marriage ended a few years ago, he had returned to bachelorhood and I didn’t quite know what to expect next.  But then he met Sarah and her two kids and, well, after a couple of years of dating, they […]

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 […]

I’m in Wales!

After a nearly sleepless night in sweltering London, we left early for a weekend road trip to Wales. By early afternoon we were in the green, hilly, blessedly cool Welsh countryside where all the road signs have more Ys, Ws, Ls, and Ds than you ever thought possible. First stop: Powis castle and gardens. It’s […]

Seaside at Camber Sands

It isn’t crazy to come to the beach at the end of the day.  The heat of the sun is past, and the low golden light is warm and rich.  The crowds are dispersing, and it’s easy to find parking. Camber Sands had been recommended as one of the best sandy beaches in the U.K., […]