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A good long walk at Iona. First along the south jetty, stretching into the Straight of Georgia for 4km and then 4km back. Very surprised when a coyote popped up on the path from the rocks below. He trotted along ahead of me for a bit, completely unconcerned with the human presence around him, before leaving the path for the rocks below on the other side. Then along the interior paths - thrilled to see a Rufous Hummingbird! Everything lush with spring green and the air scented with wild roses. The Yellow Flag Iris' are blooming in the marsh.

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Today we just did part of our default walk. We only found less than three dozen pink lady slippers.

The walk reminded me about our Sunday walk at the same place and a couple of recent threads mentioning snakes. On Sunday we happened to meet a father and his adult son on our walk. Since they were turning rocks and logs over and had a camera we had to ask some questions. They belonged to a naturalist group and drove an hour from their neighborhood to ours in search of copperhead snakes due to a reported sighting. Massachusetts does have rattlesnakes and copperheads though they are rare and only in a few locations (essentially copperheads are differently colored rattlesnakes without the rattles). We volunteered to bring them to the sighting area and had a pleasant conversation with them as we walked. We did leave them as they camera hunted their prey though. In the over 35 years we have lived here this was the first that I heard that the town had venomous snakes. They were only 2 km from our home too.
 
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Rick, you'd better start keeping an eye out when you putter in your beautiful flower gardens at home.🥀🌺🌷
I'm a bit irked. Two weeks ago Google Street View came down our dead-end street. After our trip I've been working on doubling the size of our vegetable garden. Google got a view of the flower beds in the front yard when everything looked like unmowned lawn. Yesterday TomTom came by with their version of Street View. I thanked the driver for coming by when things looked better but really it will be at its spring peak in a week or so.

P.S. Peg is the one that usually comes across the rattlesnakes first.
 
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About a few days ago the last winter ice broke up and yesterday it was already 21°C and everything is in a hurry to turn green. The best time for a short (8k) rafting adventure north of the Arctic Circle. Not really hiking, but still some sort of training :cool:
Just 5 days between the first two images ... taken right from the premises at home.
As for the dog: not mine but a friend's dog
Regarding the fire, this is on soaking wet ground so there was no danger of fire. We know what we are doing, do not worry :)
 

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My wife grew up in a military family and they had several postings at Ft. Sill. She still misses it, especially the horseback riding there.

I attended my cousin’s basic training graduation yesterday at Fort Sill.

I got lost driving around base on Thursday. I wound up where live rounds were being shot. Loud!
 
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You’re welcome. I’ll go back to sleep now and probably dream about swimming Leprechauns. Thank goodness for the Camino Forum on nights like this.😳
 

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Today, May 29, 2022, on American Memorial Day, as during the past two decades that we have lived nearby my husband and I remembered those American forces fallen in Belleau Wood near Chateau Thierry, France.

In this Aisne Marne Cimetière Américain 2,289 American war dead are buried, who fought here and elsewhere along the Marne River during the summer of 1918.
 
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Today, May 29, 2022, on American Memorial Day, as during the past two decades that we have lived nearby my husband and I remembered those American forces fallen in Belleau Wood near Chateau Thierry, France.

In this Aisne Marne Cimetière Américain 2,289 American war dead are buried, who fought here and elsewhere along the Marne River during the summer of 1918.
Thank you. We can never forget anyone who tried to help our world towards peaceful coexistence.
 
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With lots of imagination this could be Galicia...it rained too 🙂.
Very local ( on call for work so no long walks today).

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Sabine,
your comment on Galicia reminded me of some photos we took a few weeks ago
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...one day a few years ago I was hitch hiking down the West Coast of New Zealand when the car I was in sped past a couple of signs pointing to the St James Walkway. Suddenly, my heart lept. I wanted to stop the car, heft my pack and walk it immediately. But of course I couldn't - one needed several days food, three-season gear and other bits and pieces...

A few weeks ago on a cold drizzly day I hitched a ride from the town of Reefton to the Lewis Pass, one of the entrance points to the St James Conservation Area. For the next 6 days I walked through areas of subalpine forest and flat tussock land following several rivers which pass between the mountain ranges. The scenery was splendid, inspiring.

Here are some photos and videos from Days two and three:

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...Following on from the St James Walkway is the Harpers Pass Route which takes one along an ancient pathway travelled by Maori when trading pounamu (greenstone). It is also part of Te Araroa Track.

After reaching the end of the St James Walkway I passed a couple of nights at Hanmer Springs before purchasing supplies for another 9 days tramping. I hitched a ride back to Windy Point, the southbound starting point of the HP Route.

The next 6 days and nights were a pleasure. Again, the scenery was superb. Most of the huts had fireboxes but not all had a dry wood supply. One had to fossik about in the forest, saw up a few sodden logs and branches then do ones best to make them burn.

The last stage of the Harpers Pass Route which involves crossing the braided Taramakau River and the Otira River turned into a frightful ordeal. Heavy rain caused the rivers, creeks and streams to suddenly rise a couple of hours after a fellow tramper and I had set off. We turned back.

Three times I attempted to recross the Taramakau but failed. Each time I was swept off my feet by the strong current, bashing my legs and fingers on rocks as I fought to regain the bank. The third time the other tramper ran along side the river extending a stick for me to grab as I swept passed. He hauled me out.

After this we bushwhacked through an area of sodden, rotting, fallen trees. We crossed an avalanche then floundered in a tussock swamp. Somehow we became separated.

There's much more to the ordeal but i don't have energy to tell it. I eventually found my way, alone, to a clearing where smoke rose from a private hut. A hunter took me in, fed me on venison steaks and venison stew. He looked after me for four days then, when the rain had stopped and the water levels in both rivers had receded, he guided me across the waters to a place near Arthur's Pass.

The other tramper survived the ordeal, too. He found his way to a DOC hut where the hunter found him the following day. The tramper made his way out two days before I did, suffering a few minor scratches.

Finally out, I hitched to the emergency department at the nearest hospital. The staff were wonderful, seeing me immediately. Although nothing was broken I had sustained multiple soft tissue injuries including a massive haematoma. My legs are still a frightful hue 12 days later.

Ultreia e Suseia!
-Lovingkindness

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...Following on from the St James Walkway is the Harpers Pass Route which takes one along an ancient pathway travelled by Maori when trading pounamu (greenstone).

After reaching the end of the St James Walkway I passed a couple of night at Hanmer Springs before purchasing supplies for another 9 days tramping. I hitched a ride back to Windy Point, the southbound starting point of the HP Route.

The next 6 days and nights were a pleasure. Again, the scenery was superb. Most of the huts had fireboxes but not all had a dry wood supply. One had to fossik about in the forest, saw up a few sodden logs and branches then do ones best to make them burn.

The last stage of the Harpers Pass Route which involves crossing the braided Taramakau River and the Otira river turned into a frightful ordeal. Heavy rain caused the rivers, creeks and streams to suddenly rise a couple of hours after a fellow tramper and I had set off. We turned back.

Three times I attempted to recross the Taramakau but failed. Each time I was swept off my feet by the strong current, bashing my legs and fingers on rocks as I fought to regain the bank. The third time the other tramper ran along side the river extending a stick for me to grab as I swept passed. He hauled me out.

After this we bushwhacked through an area of sodden, rotting, fallen trees. We crossed an avalanche then floundered in a tussock swamp. Somehow we became separated.

There's much more to the ordeal but i don't have energy to tell it. I eventually found my way, alone, to a clearing where smoke rose from a private hut. A hunter took me in, fed me on venison steaks and venison stew. He looked after me for four days then, when the rain had stopped and the water levels in both rivers had receded, he guided me across the waters to a place near Arthur's Pass.

The other tramper survived the ordeal, too. He found his way to a DOC hut where the hunter found him the following day. The tramper made his way out two days before I did, suffering a few minor scratches.

Finally out, I hitched to the emergency department at the nearest hospital. The staff were wonderful, seeing me immediately. Although nothing was broken I jad sustained multiple soft tissue injuries including a massive haematoma. My legs still are a frightful hue 12 days later.

Ultreia e Suseia!
-Lovingkindness

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What can I say? Irn-bru, the stuff of girders... I think you belong to a different species, to brave and survive what you are describing!

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Goodness gracious lovingkindness what an ordeal you have had.
So glad that you met the other tramper and the hunter and that you did make it out alive!!
May you have a comfortable recuperation. Godspeed.
 
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Lovingkindness, you're having a different kind of walk than most of us can imagine. I've spent some time up in that neck of the woods, but much more tamely. Glad you're ok!

My walk today, after the sun finally came out, to an X century watch tower above the River Nure, impressive but also looking a bit dangerous.
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The old road is locally said to be a pilgrim route, perhaps how pilgrims would go from the Po River valley through te mountains to Genoa, and thence by sea to Spain?
 
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Goodness gracious lovingkindness what an ordeal you have had.
So glad that you met the other tramper and the hunter and that you did make it out alive!!
May you have a comfortable recuperation. Godspeed.
Thanks for your caring words, @mspath. I was utterly amazed to come across the hunter. I enjoyed his company. He told many stories and opened my eyes to another world.

The other tramper was a kind fellow, too. At every hut he spring cleaned and left a pile of kindling and logs for the tbose who would follow.
 
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A long slow walk at Brunswick Point drinking in the spring colour and scent - especially from the wild roses which were, I was happy to see, filled with busy bees! A small flock of Cedar Waxwings landed in a tree along the path and then a Pacific-slope Flycatcher - a new bird for me.

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Very green and atmospheric … ☺️

Are the cobbles indicative of a long distance path?


Part old Roman road , of course not the original path anymore.
And yes part of the GR from Wissant ( France) and Cap Griz - Nez to Aachen ( Germany ).

 
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Meanwhile, in the New England woods Peg is still counting the pink lady-slippers but the counts are approaching half the maximum numbers.

Do you have many foragers in your area?
Lady’s slipper is a popular herbal remedy and it’s expensive to buy.
This has led to over-harvesting of the wild plants.

 
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Do you have many foragers in your area?
Lady’s slipper is a popular herbal remedy and it’s expensive to buy.
This has led to over-harvesting of the wild plants.

What we've been seeing is the pink lady's slipper, a different species (Cypripedium acaule, I think). In our case it has been that the flower is drying out as it goes to seed and becomes much harder to see.
 

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I keep thinking about your hair-raising ordeal and how fortunate you were to find the hunter - and shelter, food, warmth and kindness.
You are made of stern stuff!
Three attempts at crossing that swollen river … 😳

Have you thought of writing it into a film script? 😉

I’ll just raise a virtual glass to you - to an intrepid adventurer … cheers!! 🍻
...to say that I was astonished and glad to be alive is an understatement...

Re film scripts. No, the idea never crossed my mind. Thank you, though, for your sympathy and enthusiasm @chinacat .

Cheers
-Lovingkindness

...on a lighter note, here is a weka video taken earlier this summer. No more river crossings for me! Perhaps i'll become a twitcher! :

Every hut on the Inland Track has a pair of argumentative weka hiding under the verandah waiting for scraps to fall through the cracks in the floorboards. When the pair are not fighting over who has first right to the morsel, they are coughing and grunting or just plain old weka-pecking the life out of each other.

Castle Rock hut encumbents...
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An early enough walk to and from the dentist. The building in the first photo is a facade. The rest of it has been knocked to smithereens to make way for yet more luxury apartments. The other side of the facade reminded me of a saying used around my home area: it could be translated as: you are speaking nonsense. The original is more descriptive. Not for this forum! The exposed rear end of the building... out of place. Just like many statements made by some folks! 😁 - many of us humans, at some time or another.
Next photo shows the decorative remains of once hard worked rail lines for port activities. Then, the church building with the date 1704. Opposite it on the road a Police Station. Churches may go out of use, but not police stations.

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If you know your way around wordpress, I updated the last post there - I stumble around hoping for the best! I put in a few words, and some photos. While walking, I really do get into the depths of imagining how life was before, and just honouring that for the ordinary folks. No famous people, except for the name they each had. That is fame in itself!
The block of apartments is a feature of the skyline now. Price on application usually means much more than you can afford!
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Yesterday we walked our most walked loop trail and counted 6 lady slippers that still had some pink left in the flower. Not too long ago the same trail served up 104 to the observant.

But on a happier note this afternoon we took a spur off of one other commonly walked trail and came upon these azaleas. The last picture gives you a better idea of their color but it falls short too.

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With any sun showing we take the opportunity to find a nice local island trail. This year the greens are a treat for the eyes, a reward for all the rain we are enduring. I recently came across a quote by Thoreau where he championed the notion of taking a long walk in the woods to ‘shake off the village’. Although written in 1843 (not 1943 as I originally wrote - thanks to my editor 🙂) it seems more relevant today than ever…

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With any sun showing we take the opportunity to find a nice local island trail. This year the greens are a treat for the eyes, a reward for all the rain we are enduring. I recently came across a quote by Thoreau where he championed the notion of taking a long walk in the woods to ‘shake off the village’. Although written in 1943 it seems more relevant today than ever…

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Indeed. That's very relevant today.
One of my favorite Thoreau quotes is “The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.” – Walden, 1854
 
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A walk in the Yorkshire dales in the north of England
A national park since 1954 and famous for its dry stone walls, Limestone hills and numerous caves it’s an area of outstanding natural beauty
a 10km walk near the village of Settle over various stills and fields and passing by a lovely waterfall
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Hi all!
I have not posted for quite some time as I normally walk my semi-boring trail near home and there is not much variation to share.
Today, being "Father's Day", we walked a beautiful forest preserve ten miles away before enjoying lunch at the nearby golf course next to the park. Many unnamed wild flowers were profuse, including plethoras of coneflowers. The weather was perfect!
Picture #4 reminds me of the Meseta.🙂

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An early morning walk at Garry Point. Birds were singing - wild flowers were blooming - the air was fresh - no rain in sight - beautiful colour along the way.
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I don't know how you capture such awesome photos of birds! Today on my walk I heard an unusual singing of a bird I was unfamiliar with. I knew the tree it was coming from, but I could see no bird in sight no matter how hard I kept looking!
 
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I recently came across a quote by Thoreau where he championed the notion of taking a long walk in the woods to ‘shake off the village’.
...And then there is me. Coming from the US, one of the numerous reasons I love the Caminos is because I love immersing myself in the villages.
 
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Rick, did you actually count that many lady slippers or did you give the job to Peg?
Peg did the counting; I took upon myself the job of pointing to some she missed, sometimes using two fingers to call attention to a couple and sometimes pointing with two hands to direct her attention to some on both sides of the trail.

No more counting is done now. Our plethora :) of pink lady slippers has turned into a dearth :). We haven't been seeing any teaberry blossoms. We usually have a teaberry each on our walks for months once they are ready. There are a good number of partidge berries and blossoms though. They are edible too and taste like apples but are small and seedy so we usually let them be. We are seeing evidence of an upcoming good crop of blueberries.
 
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one of our most scenic walks
At Malham, our first stop was at Janet’s Foss…foss being an old Scandinavian word for waterfall
a lot of kissing gates today, streams and a little bridge
Janet was Queen of the fairies and lived in a cave behind the waterfall
The approach to Malham scar was magnificent, and then came the climb…or not!
The way up beside the waterfall is not meant for very short legs so a detour was sadly necessary…I did try through C2FDEB15-5E9A-48AE-9602-517CF415375C.jpeg E209FE80-E14F-45BA-9FB1-DA9425518312.jpeg 16CC7F76-B038-4DBB-AAC1-475354666E48.jpeg 2FF1F75D-1E1A-4DCC-8FF9-9F921F7585EA.jpeg 76538C40-84A6-4CF5-A4BD-BBE53E9F078C.jpeg 8714992E-D46F-4C61-A30B-4A5270F54DE7.jpeg 0BE1E18A-CC89-4274-ADDC-D2C08B4F7190.jpeg B9C0C7ED-59CA-4E1A-8738-1EDF6679199A.jpeg 3C7DF7C2-8EA0-48AC-9200-BD01363BF8BB.jpeg 39C64CF9-B47A-48DC-A600-BA6F7D71C703.jpeg
A grassy path to the tarn and then back by Malham cove with some amazing limestone rock formations
A steep path down the village and a good rest
The 18 km took about 7 hours, partly due to some steep paths and mostly due to chatting to other walkers along the way
 
I don't know how you capture such awesome photos of birds! Today on my walk I heard an unusual singing of a bird I was unfamiliar with. I knew the tree it was coming from, but I could see no bird in sight no matter how hard I kept looking!
With patience and good light 😀 There's a great free app that I have on my phone - Merlin Bird ID. You can identify birds by sight and sound!
 
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