Posts tagged ‘hiking’

Wordless Wednesday: Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher
Location: County Clare, Ireland


May 13, 2019 at 10:11 am 10 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale

Murren, Switzerland

Location: Murren, Switzerland
Murren is a small village town located 5,413 feet above sea level. it’s inaccessible by car. It took two aerial lifts to get there. From Lauterbrunnen Valley, we rode the cable car going to Gimmelwald and then switched over to another cable car to Murren.

I think Emily Dickinson will be happy to be here even if she doesn’t venture out. From the window of her hotel room, she’ll have a spectacular view of the village and surrounding alps to serve as her inspiration.

For those who like to roam around, the clean mountain air provides the perfect setting for adventure and exploration. If there’s a caveat, distance can be deceiving. Expect that going from Point A to Point B will likely be farther than initially thought. This is especially true when hiking uphill. Good luck! Don’t scale back! If a rookie like me can do it, so can you.


The Angle of a Landscape —
That every time I wake —
Between my Curtain and the Wall
Upon an ample Crack —

Like a Venetian — waiting —
Accosts my open eye —
Is just a Bough of Apples —
Held slanting, in the Sky —

The Pattern of a Chimney —
The Forehead of a Hill —
Sometimes — a Vane’s Forefinger —
But that’s — Occasional —

The Seasons — shift — my Picture —
Upon my Emerald Bough,
I wake — to find no — Emeralds —
Then — Diamonds — which the Snow

From Polar Caskets — fetched me —
The Chimney — and the Hill —
And just the Steeple’s finger —
These — never stir at all —

– Emily Dickinson


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October 14, 2017 at 9:20 am 12 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

Lauterbrunnen Valley
Location: Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland

I’ve been to many places in the world, but the Alps hold a special place for me. While many are attracted to the beach and the sea, I’m more of an earth person.

I love to hike. I’m drawn to the mountains and the spectacular views that they provide. Funny, but it could be attributed to my Neanderthal ancestry. According to a recent DNA test, it’s measured at 3.2% which ranks in the 99th percentile among the population tested.

Hiking is one of the simplest of pleasures. It shouldn’t be intimidating in the least.

Perhaps this poem by Yang Sa-eon (1517-1584) that I saw at the Korean exhibit in the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. can inspire you:

The mountain may be high,
But it is still below heaven.
Climb and climb again;
Everyone can reach the summit.
Only the man who never tried
Insists the mountain is high.

I think the best strategy is to choose a trail that you’re comfortable with and start walking putting one foot in front of the other. You’d find the journey is its own reward.

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May 6, 2016 at 5:36 pm 12 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral

bourges marshland, france
Location: The Marais de Bourges, France

Dear friend

I send you a flower from my garden –
Though it dies in reaching you,
you will know it lived,
when it left my hand –
Hamlet wavered for all of us –

Emily Dickinson


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March 27, 2015 at 1:16 pm 7 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reward

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If you love to hike like I do, I suggest that you visit the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. You’ll be amply rewarded for it. It’s a hiker’s paradise offering many trails that engage the senses all at once. Every scenery is breathtaking especially when viewed from the top. It’s indeed one of the most beautiful places that I’ve seen or will ever see in this lifetime.

The park covers 185 square miles and is situated in a deep woodland between mountains populated by varieties of trees and vegetation. It features 12 Upper lakes and four lower lakes inter-connected by waterfalls descending from as high as 2,085 feet. It’s also home to several species of birds and animals. If the garden of eden does exist, this must be it.

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February 27, 2015 at 5:17 pm 34 comments

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