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picking blackberries

Mini Walking Stories: Picking Blackberries

Picking Blackberries I get so excited when I start to see berries on the trail. And it’s even more fun when I am walking with someone who shares my enthusiasm for picking them. This past summer, we found blueberries, blackberries and raspberries on the Via Alpina. And blackberries were absolutely everywhere along our summer hikes …

Picnic Lunch over Derwentwater, Keswick Cat Bells, Lake District

Mini Walking Stories: Picnic Lunch

The Perfect Picnic Lunch We almost always pack a picnic lunch for our Saturday shenanigans in the hills. Tuna sandwiches are lovingly prepared and then stacked into tupperwares, or in a pinch, we will pick up boxed sandwiches in the shop on our way out to the countryside, taking part in the ubiquitous meal deal …

Stork Delight

Mini Walking Stories: Stork Delight

Stork Delight One of the best bits of taking a friend on a walk is that you get to see the world through their eyes. My friend Shana really likes birds. She and her husband have a big picture window in their living room and outside the window, they have put loads of bird feeders …

Massenlager, Via Alpina, Switzerland

Mini Walking Stories: Massenlager

MINI WALKING STORIES Mini Walking Stories is a project I’m doing this month to catalog a fabulous year of walking. Every day during December, I’m going to choose one photo and invite you to come along with me for a few minutes on one of the walks I took in 2022. Read more stories here. …

Upper Room Window, Secrets in Santiago de Compostela

Mini Walking Stories: Secrets in Santiago

MINI WALKING STORIES Mini Walking Stories is a project I’m doing this month to catalog what has been an AMAZING year of walking. Every day during December, I’m going to choose one photo and invite you to come along with me for a few minutes on one of the walks I took in 2022. Read …

The Cotswold Way Day 2 Stanton to Cleeve Hill12

The Cotswold Way: Day 2 Stanton to Cleeve Hill

The Cotswold Way 110 Miles from Chipping Campden to Bath: Day 2 Stanton to Cleeve Hill (15 miles) After eating the cereal and yogurts left for us in our darling kitchen, we set out early. We walked out of adorable Stanton and into even more adorable Church Stanway. After passing several cottages covered in wisteria, …

SWCP Beer to Sidmouth 3

A Walk on the South West Coastal Path

Walking the Jurassic Coast from Lyme Regis to Exmouth on the South West Coastal Path in England Recently we had the happy occurrence of my brother and nephew coming to visit while Taido and Simon were off for Easter Holidays. Visitors don’t always coincide with time off from school for the rest of us, so …

Lake District in the Fall, Family Hiking in The Lake District

Saying Yes To Walking

The first time I visited the Lake District with my family, it rained for almost all of the three days we were there, and I still drove away madly in love and scheming about when I could get back.  The bright green, grass-covered trails and lakes surrounded by autumn colors left me wanting more, despite …