Category Archives: Hiking

In and Out of Clouds

Ireland is constantly in and out of clouds, so it only makes sense that David and I have been walking in and out of clouds. On Saturday we crossed a ridge from Ardgroom to Lauragh, climbing a steep pitch off … Continue reading

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Ireland – U.S. Cultural Exchange: Craft Beer and House Painting

The Irish have certainly figured out exuberant and charming paint color for houses. The villages we’re walking through on the Beara Peninsula have houses painted in over-the-top colors, but it works. What doesn’t work is the craft beer. In Cork, … Continue reading

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And We’re Off

David and I have been in Ireland since Monday morning, but didn’t start our walk of the Beara Way until today. We spent Monday and Tuesday in Cork, which is a lively and scruffy-around-the-edges small city. We walked a lot, … Continue reading

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In It for the Moss

When I was first working on climbing the 48 peaks over 4,000 feet in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, I had many companions. Eric came on most of the hikes, sometimes Adrienne or Sam, and many different groups of friends. But … Continue reading

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Day Fourteen — Tilting Back Towards the Sun

December 21:  Black morning, lights over the kitchen table, coffee in my mug. Today the North Pole will finish its furthest tilt from the sun – 23.5 degrees. The sun hasn’t really been slipping down the horizon until it sets … Continue reading

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Day Seven — Building Bridges

Eric and I used to call short hikes up the small mountains around Northwood, more than a walk but less than a several thousand foot ascent, hikettes. Climbing to Neville Peak, an open knob on the ridge of Nottingham Mt. in … Continue reading

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France Sent Magnifique!

  English translation = France smells magnificent. As soon as I walked into Anny’s yard in Lisores three weeks ago, I noticed the fragrance.  I couldn’t place the smell.  No wonder, I don’t live in France.  Anny’s gardens and house … Continue reading

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