Outdoor Discoveries

What originally was a news section for the rest of the website soon became a place for me to write about human-powered wanderings in the countryside. Photography inspires me to get out there, mostly on foot these days, though cycling got me started. Musings on the wider context of outdoor activity complete the picture, so I hope that there is something of interest in all that you find here. Thank you for coming!

Still going after three years…

1st May 2009

This blog has seen enough birthdays for me to start wondering whether I should keep on highlighting them at all. This is its third, not bad for an experimental venture started on a whim after a May Day bank holiday weekend spent travelling around Scotland’s Highlands. Last year, I remarked that my native √Čire hadn’t seen a dedicated hill wandering excursion, but that one changed not so long ago. Of course, one hardly does any justice and there’s plenty more over there awaiting exploration. If I were to pick out the real highlight of the last twelve months, it would have to be that week spent exploring the Western Isles, an escapade that was related on here in dribs and drabs for several months afterwards; yes, I could do with eradicating that time lag once the two currently outstanding trip reports are out of the way but anything that happens over the coming weekend might end up in the queue too. With or without delays, outings featuring new sides to old haunts of mine like Argyll, Cumbria, Gwynedd and much more have played muse to my meanderings too. Long-distance trails may have had a bit of a rest, but a break from something can make a return so much better when it happens. A weekend spent surprised by perfect weather in Argyll etched the importance of a collection of ideas handy for times when opportunities appear out of nowhere. None of these are grand plans but they should stop me wasting any good weather that coincides with windows of spare time. Thanks for travelling with me and I can only wish that you keep finding something that interests you. Who knows what another year will bring?


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