• What is “Adventure”?

    Human beings are explorers by nature; we cannot help it. When you try a new book, taste a new food, take a new route to work one day you are expressing your curiosity about the world. This constant drive to learn more about the world around us brings adventures, great and small, across our paths every day. Adventures don't have to be exotic, they can be right under our nose. Recognizing the new and unusual as part of our daily lives requires simply a sense of humor, an appreciation of our species, and an observing eye.

    Travel brings a new appreciation of our planet and the fact that people everywhere are basically the same. Part of the adventure involved with travel is not only to broaden our understanding of the world around us but also to gain deeper insights to ourselves.

    This blog is an attempt to share stories about my travels, both near and far, and adventures, both large and small. It truly is an amazing planet that we live on!

England Coast to Coast: Day 18 – The Final Day!

Yay! Hooray! Whoopee! This is me laughing and being giddy which is exactly what happened when I stepped on the beach of the North Sea at Robin Hood’s Bay today. I did it—walked across the whole of northern England- 192 miles. What a great feeling of accomplishment! But it was a long day and quite … Continue reading

England Coast to Coast: Day 17

Be careful what you ask for! I have mentioned several times how much I enjoyed the isolated freedom of being alone on the moors. Well nature arranged that for me today in a not so pleasant way, at least at first. First I have to start with the weather, because, well, this is England, and … Continue reading

England Coast to Coast: Day 16

My goal for today was to walk slow- no more than two miles per hour. My next stop was only 8.5 miles away and so there was plenty of time to make my way there. In addition, of all the various landscapes I have walked through on this trip, I like the moors the best … Continue reading

England Coast to Coast: Day 15

Well I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that I did not have to trek 20 miles today as I originally thought. Taking a look a bit closer at my itinerary I realized that the plan splits the long trek into two smaller segments. Brilliant! That meant that I … Continue reading

England Coast to Coast: Day 14

Breakfast was served at 8am sharp for all the guests so even though I was ready earlier I loitered in the common room waiting for our hosts to invite us to sit. Heather was gone, having left at 7:30. I am not sure either the Australians or I would catch up to her again. Because … Continue reading

England Coast to Coast: Day 13

Well I must have set a new land speed record today, although not intentionally (and that does not count the 45 minutes or so I could not find the path- but more on that later).  Today I managed to accomplish 13 miles in a little over five hours. But first, the weather report! Before beginning … Continue reading

England Coast to Coast: Day 12- Rest Day in Richmond

Today was the second of my two planned rest days. After slogging through the rain yesterday I was ready for a bit of rest! Richmond is a popular stop as it is a town full of history, lots of hotels and B&Bs, and restaurants. For the first time since Grasmere I did not set an … Continue reading

England Coast to Coast: Day 11

Well the big question for the day was not whether or not I was going to get wet but rather how wet was I going to get. The forecast indicated “light rain” starting in Reeth around 11am with “heavy rain” an hour later and almost the same was forecast for Richmond, the day’s destination. The … Continue reading

England Coast to Coast: Day 10

The Keld Lodge was completely full last night and I found that when I came down for breakfast this morning at 8:00am I was the last one down. The breakfast room was full to overcrowding. It seemed everyone was eager to get started early in order to avoid the late afternoon rain that the forecast … Continue reading

England Coast to Coast: Day 9

It was cloudy and overcast when I woke up but I was prepared as the forecast had predicted “cloudy with occasional sun” but no rain. Katie, my hostess at the Castle View B&B in Kirkby Stephens, provided a great breakfast and some good advice on navigating bogs which started my day off well. Her advice … Continue reading

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