Tag Archive: nature

THREE SISTERS LOOP – DAY 1: LAVA CAMP LAKE TO CAMP LAKE

7/25/2021 17 miles 3,396 ft el. gain The alarm buzzes at 5:20 a.m. Thankful for a good night’s sleep I slip in my hiking clothes, execute the last gear check and by 5:50… Continue reading

Dirty Harry’s Peak

When the snow starts falling in the lower part of the Cascades and avalanche danger rises uncomfortably high, there is always Dirty Harry’s for those who want to get out for a hike.… Continue reading

Westweg Day 8: Gasthaus Hirschen – Hotel Am Bach, Hinterzanten

From the first morning steps, we knew we would sweat. Even at 8:30 a.m. the air was already warm. And still. Windmills on a hill near the trail did not move an inch… Continue reading

Westweg Day 6: Hark – Büchereck

I have never seen more mushrooms in my life. Boletes. Shaggy parousels. More boletes. Hundreds of boletes. Do Germans ever go mushrooming? Seriously. I though I died and went to mycological heaven. We… Continue reading

Westweg Day 2: Birkenfeld – Dobel

After a lazy morning, we enjoyed a lazy day of trekking. The terrain wasn’t challenging and so we had plenty of opportunities to notice small things in our surroundings. First of all we… Continue reading

Westweg Day 1: Pforzheim – Birkenfeld

It can be said that the Westweg trail through Schwartzwald (Black Forest) is the origin of all German long-distance hiking trails, becoming the first designated path of its kind back in 1900. Since… Continue reading

HR – Day 1: Champex-Lac to Le Châble

“You really live up to your trail name,” Dave said as we packed today. We have just finished Tour du Mont Blanc yesterday afternoon and he was hoping for a rest day while… Continue reading

TMB – Day 10: Refuge Elena – Champex

The wind we thought would blow forever. There was no relief whatsoever during the night or in the morning. A thought occurred to me when we were packing the tent, carefully holding onto… Continue reading

TMB – Day 9: Refuge Le Randonneur – Refuge Elena

Courmayeur was a very nice town, clean with lovely houses spread through the valley. We stopped at a grocery store to pick up more bread and sausage, and in the pharmacy to get… Continue reading

TMB – Day 8: Refuge des Mottets – Refuge Le Randonneur

“Should be take the ski lift down to town?” Dave asked. We were just about an hour of walking away from Italian town called Courmayeur which we though would be our final destination… Continue reading