A Trek Across Italy

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in Backpacking, Europe, Italy | 5 Comments

It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching. Francis of Assisi Yesterday we set out on a month long walk across Italy from Florence to Assisi to Rome. Our objective is not only to experience the beauty and history of this country, but to seek a higher purpose for […]

Hadrian: King of the North?

Posted by on Sep 5, 2019 in England, Hiking, United Kingdom | 4 Comments

“The Night’s Watch is the only thing standing between the realm and what lies beyond.” Maester Aemon to Tyrion Lannister On our third day, we finally began to see segments of what remained of one of the great achievements of Roman engineering, Hadrian’s Wall. As we walked I noted how it stretched across vast landscapes. […]

Show Me The Wall

We’ve been walking Hadrian’s Wall for two days, and of the ancient Roman Wall—nothing yet. This isn’t unexpected. When the people in the north of England started to build houses of stone they had a choice of quarrying it—or scavenging from this stone wall that had been unused for centuries. Easy choice. Times were tough […]

Hadrian’s Wall: Keeping the Barbarians Out

Posted by on Aug 28, 2019 in Uncategorized | 8 Comments

Great civilizations built walls to keep those “barbarians” out. “Just when you think you are at the world’s end, you see a smoke from East to West as far as the eye can turn, and then, under it, also as far as the eye can stretch, houses and temples, shops and theatres, barracks and granaries, […]

North to Victoria

Posted by on Jul 4, 2019 in Hiking, Just for Fun, Travel Update | 4 Comments

“…on the craggy southern end of Vancouver Island.” From a tour brochure It’s getting hard to stump her.  Laurie and I have a tradition for our anniversary. Each year we take a trip that is planned by one of us. We alternate responsibility each year. Appropriately, I get the “odd” years. It’s supposed to be […]

More Than a Garden

Posted by on Jun 29, 2019 in Just for Fun, Travel Update | One Comment

Others saw an ugly industrial pit. Jennie Butchart saw a sunken garden.

Pioneers of the Trail

Posted by on Apr 27, 2019 in Just for Fun, United States | 4 Comments

I spent several months walking the Oregon Trail when I was five and I flew over it in several hours when I was a senior citizen.  Jacob Butts 1840-1925 The pioneers that traveled the Oregon Trail were hardy people.  Much hardier–than us.  Earlier this year we read a book about two brothers who retraced the […]

Land of Two Thousand Arches

Posted by on Apr 14, 2019 in Hiking, National Parks, United States | No Comments

In a world that is becoming increasingly virtual, the parks remain places of visceral beauty. Nevada Barr, American Author You may not have been there yourself, but you’ve undoubtedly seen pictures of Arches National Park. On our current journey through the southwestern US we managed to spend two days hiking through this unique area, located near […]

The Austin Texas Snipe Hunt

Posted by on Apr 7, 2019 in United States | 6 Comments

We love to check out unique local adventures during our travels. During a week in Austin we took a tour up in the University of Texas tower, visited the LBJ Presidential Library,  worked on a house build with the local Habitat for Humanity chapter, and…may have engaged in a local “snipe hunt.”*  According to local lore, a million […]

The Secret Caverns

Posted by on Apr 3, 2019 in Travel Update, United States | No Comments

An hour east of Tucson there is a unique set of caves in Kartchner Caverns State Park. This Arizona state park was created in 1988 to preserve these caverns in as pristine state as possible. Local cavers, Gary Tenen and Randy Tufts, discovered the caverns in 1974. They kept the location secret and explored them […]

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