2018 ended on a low-key note, with dinner and a bottle of nice champagne at home, but we started the new year on good form by heading to the woods with some friends for a hike around the South Mountain reservation.
Despite complaining about the unseasonably warm temperature, it was lovely to be out in the sunshine, and it was considerably more pleasant than when we walked the same trail back in July.
After a couple of very enjoyable hours strolling through the trees, it was back to Jersey City for some food and drinks. Here’s hoping the rest of the year lives up to this comfortable, convivial beginning…
A very healthy New Year salad. Not pictured: the delicious portion of fried potatoes which accompanied it!
After a spell of oppressively hot and unpleasantly humid weather, we were delighted to note that the forecast for the weekend was offering a reprieve, so we made plans to go walking with a friend. However, he wasn’t going anywhere until the morning football game was over, and since England were playing we felt we ought to show willing, so at just after 10am we found ourselves in a beer hall in Jersey City with a bunch of (mainly) England supporters from both sides of the Atlantic.
Following a 6am alarm and a hearty breakfast of oatmeal, we pulled into the carpark at Pinkham Notch at 8am and were on the mountain by 8:15. It was a sunny day, already quite warm amongst the trees, and there were a surprising number of other people around as we set off along the Tuckerman Ravine trail.
Acadia National Park is a wild and beautiful section of Mount Desert island. It has been part of the federal park service since 1916, and an officially-designated national park since 1919. It contains many unspoiled natural features – granite peaks, dramatic cliffs, lakes and woodland – as well as a network of hiking trails, carriage paths, and mountain roads to enable holidaymakers to enjoy the scenery.
Back in England, we were often to be found heading out of town to spend bank holiday weekends hiking around various scenic parts of the country. Since moving to New York, we’ve managed the grand total of one weekend walk (although we’ve put in an awful lot of miles around Manhattan, which has to count for something!), and so this holiday Monday seemed like a good opportunity for another. Continue reading →
And, finally, Vancouver. (Not that I’d forgotten about this post, oh no.) My first impression was that I could move there tomorrow, though after 5 days it was starting to feel a little quiet for my taste (I’ve clearly been ruined by London and New York!).
Seattle confounded all our expectations from the start, as we arrived on a gloriously sunny afternoon and stared up at the hill rising sharply from the waterfront. I’m not sure why it being hilly was such a surprise, but that was the first thing we both noticed, followed immediately by the fact that it wasn’t raining.
As we say goodbye to our latest set of visitors, I thought it might be interesting to note down what we did with them whilst they were here (if nothing else it serves as a warning of the sort of itinerary we inflict on people – comfortable walking shoes essential!). Continue reading →