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!

An escape ahead?

22nd June 2010

After a few weeks of being occupied by other matters, I have managed to clear some space for a hill wandering escape. As is my habit with all these things, I'll keep the details of what I have in mind under wraps for now because plans can change. In fact, it often happens that it's the surprises that often make my outings all the more memorable. If something comes of what I have in mind, I hope to say more afterwards.

For example, it was a surprise meeting with glorious sunny weather for which I recall a Spring Bank Holiday weekend visit to Argyll from a few years back. At the time, I ended up kicking myself for having incomplete plans but the time spent taking in Kerrera and the quieter places around Oban should have made up for it. Looking back now, the intoxicating mix of blue seas and skies along with verdant foliage everywhere on land must have been the cause of embarking on a week long visit to the Western Isles, a trip that lives on my mind. Surprises can take you onto new terrain and it's best to enjoy what comes rather than worry about whether you made the most of it or not.

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