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Hello everyone and Happy New Year!

Looking forward seeing your pictures and stories behind it.
Ogunquit Maine again and again
 

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hel&scott

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2004 St Jean - Santiago, 2008 &18 Seville - Finesterre, 2010 Ferrol - Lisbon, 2012 from Cartehenga.
It's summer in the Southern Hemisphere so no mud but plenty of thistles... I've been marching up and down the orchards spot spraying out offending clumps, came in today feeling hot and tired and soaked my feet before heading to the shower and to wash my gear... Sounds familiar, right down to the 20kg nap sack on my back, works out I am averaging over 25kms a day... Can't wait to get back on the mower!

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2021
In early september, I walked, for three days only, a small section of a German Jakobsweg (Camino de Santiago), for a total of about 60 km. I started in Würzburg and walked to Ochsenfurt, then on to Aub and finally to Uffenheim.

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Edit: Sorry, just noticed I got the year wrong, this thread is meant for 2021, and I obviously did this walk in 2020.
 
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I always walk before dawn, in the dark. Since I was up later last night I was out at daybreak. This time of year we are almost always under clouds. But we were lucky this morning. Happy New Year!
 

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CF : stages 2008, 2017, 2018 ; completed.
Yesterday, on the Ayrshire Coastal Path, western Scotland. Drive of 30 minutes to Largs then a 9 km loop, taking in Knock Hill with ascent of 250 metres. Clear, cold but sunny weather with magnificent views over the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Arran which is sometimes described as "Scotland in miniature" for its wide variety of landscape. Arran.JPG
 

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I walked just over 3.200 KMS in 2020 in and around the Ottawa area, which was on average 8.9 KM a day, I hope that in 2021 I will be walking the Podiensis in France, I love the Camino masks that I purchased from Ivar. they proved to be very useful in 2020.
 

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Bob Loudon
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2019
Hello Everyone! Happy New Year to everyone!! I am new to the Forum (thank you, Ivar, for taking me in!). I am very excited to continue walking Caminos (probably early to mid 2022 at this rate; planning to do parts of the Voie du Piémont, C. Aragones, and C. Francés, but this may change depending upon time of year I start). In the meantime, my wife and I have been doing walks in our local area (New York City; too many to mention) and upstate NY (mostly in the Hyde Park/Catskills area). Wishing you all happiness, health, and many, many Caminos.
 

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CF (SJPdP to Santiago) March 15, 2018
In 2021 it was a wild wet day but I stayed in my neighbourhood area as I ended up walking throughout 2020 with the help of a virtual Camino walking app.
 

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First, the cartoon in yesterday’s paper:
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And then the usual Sunday circle, making the most of the opportunity and hoping we will not be confined to barracks as a result of the horrendous numbers of new cases. The Universal Links on Human Rights structure with the eternal flame represents jails holding prisoners of conscience.
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As we start off the new year, may I remind us all, if possible, to choose thumbnail when posting photos. Along the year, it helps to be able to see photos. It is such a privilege actually, to travel the world in this thread - nothing is too small to be important! Thank you, forgive me if I am stating the obvious.
 
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CF, primitivo & del norte (2017); VdlP/Sanabres, ingles etc (2018), Mozarabe etc (2019), tbc (2020)
New Year, new boots, pastures new? Well, the pastures new will have to wait for some time yet to come, but the lovely new winter walking boots that I'd ordered arrived just in time to begin breaking them in on the auspicious day. Thus I celebrated the New Year by taking a 4-hour circular hike across old pastures and back roads in my locality, following the letter if not exactly the spirit of the Irishlockdown, remaining at all times within the permitted 5km range from home. Rest assured that the faithful old boots will not be littering any future camino; once I've glued the flapping soles back on, they'll be repurposed as my regular gardening boots. Now I'm off for a tryst with the spectacular local cairn. I don't want to break any copyright rues, but if you're interested to see it for yourself, by searching Ballymacgibbon Cairn, Cross, Co Mayo, you can find far better photos than I would take.
 
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Part one in a series on how to modify how your thumbnails look.

When posting if you just attach a picture with the Attach files and paperclip button and then hit the Post reply button your picture will be inserted as a square version and looking rather ugly, especially if the original was in a rectangular format. Additionally, there will be a filename and other information posted below the square picture. This post shows an example of what one looks like. Another post will show a prettier thumbnail version and how to get it.

Here is the ugly version (note that this one isn't so ugly because the picture is in a square format).
 

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Part two on inserting thumbnails.

To get a thumbnail that looks like this
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when you attach the file look for the Insert instruction at the top left of the picture.
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Click the Insert and then you will see a choice of inserting the picture as either a thumbnail or a full image. For threads where there are a lot of pictures being posted please insert as a thumbnail so people with older, slower systems do not have to wait for tens or hundreds of megabytes to be loaded before getting to your picture. Now, stepping off my soapbox, here is what you will see after clicking the Insert text instruction.
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Note that by inserting images this way you can also get control of where a picture goes in relation to the text.
 
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ranthr

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C Frances 2005, 2007
Le Puy en Velay -SdC 2009
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Still walking on my homely hill, called Stuorračohkka, waiting for the sun to be back in end of January.
 

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Camino Chrissy

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We made the two day drive to Gulf Shores for our two month getaway from winter. In the US we are called "snowbirds".
I had my first walk today in our much loved Gulf State park with its 18 miles of both paved and boardwalk trails. I only went 4 miles, but hey, it's a start.
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CWBuff

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2021
O'er the hills and far away
through Flanders, Portugal & Spain
...... 🤨 ..... wait! Wrong Continent!!!!

The truly icky weather pattern of the last week of 2020 finally went away in my neck o'da woods in NE Pennsylvania, and Saturday the 2nd of January turned out just lovely - temps in the low 50s and enough sunshine so I took off to my local "stand-by" hike. Pennypack Trail - the part that is converted via Rails to
Trails conservancy. It's pretty flat and follows Pennypack Creek (one of local watersheds). I squeezed 7.25 miles and was reasonably happy :)
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BTW - the upper rightmost one - the greenish rock in the middle of the creek - well, there is a fox den nerby and in the summer we have seen a fox just lounging on that rock on a hot day
 
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Bob Loudon
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2019
O'er the hills and far away
through Flanders, Portugal & Spain
...... 🤨 ..... wait! Wrong Continent!!!!

The truly icky weather pattern of the last week of 2020 finally went away in my neck o'da woods in NE Pennsylvania, and Saturday the 2nd of January turned out just lovely - temps in the low 50s and enough sunshine so I took off to my local "stand-by" hike. Pennypack Trail - the part that is converted via Rails to
Trails conservancy. It's pretty flat and follows Pennypack Creek (one of local watersheds). I squeezed 7.25 miles and was reasonably happy :)
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BTW - the upper rightmost one - the greenish rock in the middle of the creek - well, there is a fox den nerby and in the summer we have seen a fox just lounging on that rock on a hot day
Pennypack trail is great. I grew up near Huntington Valley and we kids would ride our bikes to Lorimer Park and walk along the train tracks (when there were train tracks). There use to be a small area, Camp Melmar, that was used by the local Boy Scout Council where we would camp and have various outdoor activities. You picked a nice area to hike, for sure. Take care.
 

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It was a bad way to start the year — New Year’s Day and a thin layer of ice on all roads and sidewalks. Not good conditions for bike rides, but we did manage a few walks the next couple of days in a local forest preserve to welcome in the New Year. Happy 2021 — I think this thread (and its predecessors) just completed its fifth anniversary! Onward to year 6. 84ACCCD8-81E2-4036-A59A-3D65C889B079.jpeg 8706023E-F81C-481B-88B2-317E6A39C4EB.jpeg 8FF2A92E-6EDC-4949-98D8-6FB314B4FE78.jpeg
 
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We have one of our grandsons staying with us at the moment and so we headed over to the city on the ferry so we could walk around the waterfront area.

The final preparations for the Americas Cup Challenger series yacht racing are happening at the moment and there are a couple of dinghies in town belonging to people involved and I wanted to see some of them.

IMG_20210105_120800.jpg The first notable yacht that we saw turned out to be the NZ Cup holders defence boat that was heading out for some practice. I was interested but the grandson wasn't ☹️ and so we walked on.

He soon spotted a paddling area and asked "could he please take his sandals off and cool down?", He said "I won't get my clothes wet, granddad". IMG_20210105_122522.jpg
Well, that was before he spotted the fish 🐟, then he wanted to go after them so I said that he could take his shorts off (he is not my kid 😁) IMG_20210105_123606.jpg

Eventually he lost interest and we walked on until he spotted the playground that I was walking towards and then he was off at a run (hopefully his mother won't see these photos), here he is disappearing into the distance IMG_20210105_124748.jpg

I eventually caught up with him at the playground IMG_20210105_125040.jpg

After another hour on the play equipment we climbed up a viewing tower for the views, it is slightly industrial on this part of the waterfront but there are some sights in the background.
IMG_20210105_132848.jpg The American Challenger's base. Then I saw what I had come to see, just around the corner. IMG_20210105_133304.jpg one of the dinghies! Then, of course, he needed to climb on one of the Americas Cup advertising structures. IMG_20210105_133352.jpg

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Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I didn't know that term would apply to you! I had thought that "snowbirds" was applied mainly to Canadians who fly south to Florida for the winter.
Yes, it does apply. Our northern states can get as cold as Canada and there are many who do as we do. All are called snowbirds. You don't have to fly down either to be considered one.
We visit a relative in south Florida on the Atlantic side every March and many Canadians drive their cars down from Quebec for most of the winter.
 

CWBuff

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2021
Pennypack trail is great. I grew up near Huntington Valley and we kids would ride our bikes to Lorimer Park and walk along the train tracks (when there were train tracks). There use to be a small area, Camp Melmar, that was used by the local Boy Scout Council where we would camp and have various outdoor activities. You picked a nice area to hike, for sure. Take care.
Yup I sure remember when the train still ran (Fox Chase Line) and love Lorimer (many 'lazy' weekends there in my teenage and early 20-s years :) )
Camp Melmar is still there and is sill used by BS

(BTW - on August 15, 2020 I did a full length of PT - 16.5 miles starting at Delaware River and ending at Byberry Rd trailhead):
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My walk today was briefer than usual, and much later. I caught the tail end of the freight wagons - the Iron Horse - holding up the traffic on both sides, as they were being led by two men from the siding to the port. I have seen this before: the two men, carrying flags, causing motorised transport to halt while they chug across the main road. It gave me a big smile: lots of traffic held up - though not for long! - by remnants of aul' decency.
I found this when I got home:
Since the 1870s, railway lines have been serving Dublin Port when the Great Southern & Western Railway constructed some lines from their main goods yard at East Wall towards the piers on the north side of the port. These lines developed along Alexandra Road and featured several private sidings off the tramway serving all sorts of industries such as coal, oil and even flour.
With the recent decline in freight traffic only two regular freight trains traverse the tramway on Alexandra Road, these being the weekly ore trains from Tara Mines at Navan, and the IWT container train operated to and from Ballina in Co.Mayo. The Alexandra Road tramway is also used for the delivery of new Irish Rail rolling stock which arrives by ship at Dublin Port.


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CWBuff

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2021
re:snowbirds
basically its anyone who goes to warmer Southern States from cold(er) North ones.
For a while I thought that Mason\Dixon line would be the demarcation line (as it is in other cases) but I am not so sure.... heck it can get pretty cold in MD, VA, WVA and NC so I think one has to drop at least to SC and compatible parallel
Of course Hawaii Mexico and Caribbean are also part of this migration pattern :)
 

ogr1960

Bob Loudon
Year of past OR future Camino
2019
Yup I sure remember when the train still ran (Fox Chase Line) and love Lorimer (many 'lazy' weekends there in my teenage and early 20-s years :) )
Camp Melmar is still there and is sill used by BS

(BTW - on August 15, 2020 I did a full length of PT - 16.5 miles starting at Delaware River and ending at Byberry Rd trailhead):
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Oh, very nice! Brings back some memories. I noticed you're from Abington? That's my place of birth. Grew up in Elkins Park. Thanks for sharing your photos; I've enjoyed seeing them very much! Have a great day.
 
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kulkija

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2020
I walked today around a small lake and stopped in two places. First on riihikirkko, a church in an old grain-drying barn. The church is in use primarily in summer time. There is very dark inside because there are no windows. I have been there earlier but did not get in this time. Later I stopped on a waterfall. The building on the fall is an old mill.

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Camino = Gratitude + Compassion.
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7.5 circular walk today in the area of Tongeren, the oldest town in Belgium.
Mostly paved country roads but I did not mind seeing the rain of the last days.
In terms of beautiful sights not so interesting except for the Romanesque church and the mini Meseta...🙂

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Camino Frances (2013)
A two hour walk in the incessant rain of yesterday, with a visit to our local MEC and a stop for lunch. I had my Euroschrim umbrella but, in slanting rain, it can only do so much; my shoes got thoroughly soaked. When I got home I had to resort to putting newspapers in them to help the drying out ... just like in Galicia. 😊
 

Camino Chrissy

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Frances 2015;
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A two hour walk in the incessant rain of yesterday, with a visit to our local MEC and a stop for lunch. I had my Euroschrim umbrella but, in slanting rain, it can only do so much; my shoes got thoroughly soaked. When I got home I had to resort to putting newspapers in them to help the drying out ... just like in Galicia. 😊
Oh, the wet camino memories...always wonderful in hindsight.
 
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Today's walk in Gulf State park...I love all the board walks...You can cross over to get to the beach if you like...The tall pines are Long Pines. Their needles get up to over 12" long and craft people weave beautiful baskets from them. They are also repurposed as mulch for landscape beds.
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Voie de Soulac, Frances, De La Plata, Sureste/Levante, Manchego, Ruta del Argar.
Apologies if this is in the wrong place, I was only made aware of this thread in the recent Forum Digest. It relates to last year but the 2020 thread has been closed and I do want to give a shout out to the London Loop.

My plans for 2020 had included walking La Ruta de Pedra en Sec across Mallorca in May/June and continuing on the Ruta de la Lana (Cuenca to Burgos) in September after a week on a beach with my other half on both occasions. The high rates of infection in Spain and the 14 days quarantine on return to England put us off and we postponed both trips. Some time in August, Portugal was briefly removed from our quarantine list. We seized the window of opportunity to get to the beach for a few days in September. Without planning it, my morning run from Cascais to the ocean took me along part of the Caminho (with an 'h') de Santiago and Caminho de Fatima. I hadn't planned to walk in Portugal but rather to undertake the West Highland Way in Scotland as soon as we got back home. Unfortunately while we were in Cascais Scotland put Portugal on their quarantine list (swiftly followed by England a week later but we were back in Blighty by then). I started to make arrangements for what was now about Plan F - the Coast to Coast from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood Bay in Yorkshire - while we were still in Portugal. Then the Rule Of Six kicked in. This meant that all dorms were closed with the inevitable consequent hike in hotel prices. In the Lake District National Park you had to make a reservation for two nights - never mind the single supplement. I moved on to Plan G.

A few years ago some Aussie friends of ours were returning home to Sydney and gave me their London Loop guidebook. They were very enthusiastic. They'd done the walk over a number of weekends throughout the year. I tried to look interested but cannot help feeling that my eyes must have glazed over and my nodding appear mechanical. I had a hundred and one things that I'd rather do than walk around London. The guidebook made its way to the bottom of the barrel. By September I'd reached the bottom of that barrel and it was either that or paint the kitchen!

In brief the London Loop is 150 miles (240 km) within the M25 motorway along a green corridor. You start in Erith in Kent on the Thames estuary work your way clockwise, south, west, north and back east to Purfleet in Essex. The guidebook breaks the walk up into 15 daily stages but you could do it in less than that. I mostly ran in the mornings and walked in the afternoons after a couple of lunchtime pints and got around in 8 days. The route takes you through countryside, parks, woodlands, marshes, along canal towpaths, rivers and waterways, some residential areas and past a number of historic sites. You get to see how the other half live (Chislehurst and Hadley Green), any number of historic buildings and churches, old gunpowder factories, the oak under which Wilberforce and Pitt The Younger debated the abolition of the slave trade, the deer park at Hampton Court, the Grand Union Canal, the site of the Battle of Barnet, locks, Elizabethan hunting lodges, the concrete barges that towed the Mulberry Harbour over to Arromanches, the occasional view back over the city and many other things besides. Plenty of birds, including pheasants, and aquatic fowl.

My Tube pass covered almost all the Tubes, trains and buses I needed so I was able to return home at the end of each day and go back the following morning to resume where I had left off. The upside of this was that I only needed to carry the smallest of day packs. A sandwich and a piece of fruit for lunch, the guidebook, a camera, as well as a reading book (it took me up to an hour and half to get to and from my daily start and finish points). I was also incredibly lucky with the weather - eight days of Manchegan blue skies, so I didn't even have to carry any waterproof clothing.

The only bleak spots along the way were Hayes in Middlesex and Turkey Street in Enfield - and I commiserate with anybody who has to live in either.

I was rather disappointed to discover that a good number of the pubs listed in my guidebook had closed, been bulldozed or now had flats where they once had stood. My disappointment was exponentially increased when this discovery coincided with lunchtime!

The London Outer Orbital Loop may not be Spain but it was a good Plan G.

There's an inner loop, The Capital Ring, which I plan to do when lockdown is over and the weather gets better.
 
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Laurie, I don't know how you could ride a bike for eleven hours in winter weather! I hope you brought yourself lunch or at least a granola bar!
Ha! I stood huddled on the side of the Le Roy IGA and ate a granola bar!

On New Year's Day I began a "Big Year" in my own amateur birding way


Have you seen this movie? That was my introduction to the Big Year.
 
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Ha! I stood huddled on the side of the Le Roy IGA and ate a granola bar!




Have you seen this movie? That was my introduction to the Big Year.
Please, do not tell me that in 11 hours that was your sole sustenance? What is in your diet that I know nothing of, apart from a resilient grit that defies belief!!! I wish I had your stamina.
 
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What!!?? All this in just 8 days??? You guys kidding me? We only just turned the page on 2021.....
And I haven't reported on ours even though we take a daily walk together. They are short and usually the same few and there isn't much new to add. But since I'm writing now I'll mention that we have been seeing an unusual number of trees with beaver bites.
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And I haven't reported on ours even though we take a daily walk together. They are short and usually the same few and there isn't much new to add. But since I'm writing now I'll mention that we have been seeing an unusual number of trees with beaver bites.
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There is always something new to add , even when doing repetitive walks. The colours, the mood and all the small details that make life and nature so interesting. No day is the same. The beauty always lies in the small things.
 

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'Bird' in flight... Lac d'Arasse.

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Map: Sembas -Lac d'Arasse -Sembas, France (12.5 kms)

08/01/2021 The first and last kilometers of this cirular trail follow the GR652 (Var. chemin de St Jacques): A muddy walk in weak light between fields, through the woods, by a lake, and past caves once used for storage. I took a short cut between points 5 and 12 to avoid walking in the dark.
 
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And I haven't reported on ours even though we take a daily walk together. They are short and usually the same few and there isn't much new to add. But since I'm writing now I'll mention that we have been seeing an unusual number of trees with beaver bites.
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Rick, as Chrissy said, same here!

But it's early days yet for all of us to wander....357 days left before Sabine changes the date
We walk the lake walk a few times every week but try to walk different paths each time plus crisscrossing the golf course when it's closed
It's a handy walk though as just 5 minutes from home
Yesterday 5 miles on a cold but bright day
The club house now only has takeaways coffees but a lovely place to sit
A bit sad to see the "fun house" closed
Owls has been here for over 35 years and used to be a lifesaver for me many moons ago when I was able to plonk the girls in there for a few hours and take off!!
Before all this lockdown started it was once again on rainy days a "saver of sanity" to take 4 grandsons in there to run themselves ragged!!..no taking off this time however as times have changed ...a book and some earplugs required now!
 

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There is always something new to add , even when doing repetitive walks. The colours, the mood and all the small details that make life and nature so interesting. No day is the same. The beauty always lies in the small things.
Thanks, Sabine! you inspired me to look beneath my feet, before looking out and up...and the last one, to warm me up when I got home - a hot port!
 

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A bit of snow has come and temps are on 0 dgrs centigrade and thawing, so boots were on to day as tomorrow is a rainy one.
My normal route from my home starts with consulting my stone scallop, and today it was snow covered....
and it ends at our basilica of Sct Bendts (Benedict) 16 kilometres away.
But everything is there, leafy tunnels, but today w bare branches, snow covered walkways, ripe wildlife.
All this I usually have to myself, today only the tracks of a lonely mountainbike and two pairs of trainers....


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@Theatregal What is a wildlife tree?
Adding to what @Koidream said...wildlife trees are usually dead or damaged trees that are not removed so they can become a place for food, nesting and shelter for animal life. The tree with the sign in my post is in a protected natural area. I have friends who have created wildlife trees on their forested land. Eventually the decaying tree will fall or decompose enough to become a nurse stump which will provide seedlings with water, protection and a nutrient rich place to germinate. The beautiful cycle of life in a forest.

This tree began it's life in, and grew up from, a cedar nurse stump.

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Part of the trek that I really wanted to do today was closed because of a rock slide, so I had to make a significant diversion. Disappointing, but I did see some areas along the Capilano River that I hadn't seen before. It's hard to think that just a bit over a hundred years ago there were old growth forests near here. What we have left now, still beautiful, is second growth forest. Pics include the upper portion of the Cleveland Dam spillway. If you look closely through the railing to the right of the walkway at the top of the spillway you can see a snow capped mountain. We do get snow here in the winter but it is usually at the higher elevations.

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Only this , will you use thumbnails please🙏
- or just use smaller pictures... in editing, right click on bottom right corner on said picture until small blue square appears and move cursor on this square upwards to the left, thus skrinking your picture to your own liking.....
 
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