I enjoyed last fall's Summit Metro Parks Fall Hiking Spree so much, getting to explore different trails and landscapes, that I made it a goal this year to finish exploring the rest of the trails in all of the parks. Today, I can check that goal off as completed! I started my day of hiking … Continue reading Reaching the Summit
Between my summer work schedule (wherein half my week is dedicated to preparing for the farmers' market) and the onset of summer heat, my opportunities to get out and hike each week have diminished. As I'm making good progress on my hiking goals, I'm okay with this change of pace. But when I get a … Continue reading Morning on the Mohican
On my first visit to Brandywine Falls, I decided to hike around the top of the falls and down the Gorge Trail on the north side of the river. As I walked along, I met a fellow hiker coming from the opposite direction. He mentioned he had hiked from Stanford House and asked if I … Continue reading Stanford Trail
Determined to wrap up another hiking goal for this year, I persuaded my hiking buddy to plan for a hike at Spangler/Wooster Memorial Park this morning, before the predicted rain moved in. All I had left to check off was a portion of the Outer Trail as well as half of the short Strock Trail, … Continue reading Outer Trail Done!
Before my holiday in Scotland, I found myself wary of the "difficult" trails in my area. Knowing these trails might involve more than lots of hill-climbing, I hesitated to walk them without a buddy. My perspective shifted in Scotland. "Easy" walks there, like many sections of the Fife Coastal Path, could include long steady ascents, … Continue reading Sand Run Fun
After my holiday in Scotland and all the walking I did there, I needed to rest for about a week before feeling ready to tackle new trails back at home. But the first day I had off work on that second week, I headed out before dawn with the intention of checking a few more … Continue reading Hach-Otis Sanctuary
When I arrived in Edinburgh two years ago on holiday, I had a big dream of hiking to the top of Arthur's Seat. On my very first afternoon in the city, still wearing the backpack that held all my worldly possessions for my two-week journey, I stepped wrong on uneven pavers, falling down and ending … Continue reading The Hills of Edinburgh