Take a hike (with me?): Knocknarea

Knocknarea is a very famous hiking trail near Sligo. Everything I read said it was a loop trail, but as I learned, it is actually a linear trail that goes from the carpark at the base of Knocknarea, over the hill, and straight into town (Strandhill). Thinking it was a loop trail, I kept hiking […]

Take a hike! (with me?): Howth, Bog of Frogs

There are a few hikes you can do around Howth, a peninsula north of Dublin, but I did the longest loop, the 14 km Bog of Frogs (not sure why it’s called that). It was super crowded for the first few km, but then it thinned out until there was no one. Sigh, tourists. I […]

Take a hike! (With me?): Kenya edition, Sagalla Hill

Sagalla Hill overlooks the agricultural area where our field station was located and where I did the majority of my field work in Kenya. Every morning, I’d jog on the red dirt road and watch the rising sun stain the hill, usually wreathed in clouds, from down below. I wanted nothing more than to hike […]

Take a hike! (with me?): Chuck Keiper East Loop

The Chuck Keiper trail is a 52 mile (83.6 km) track through Sproul State Forest in north-central PA.  After some negotiating, two friends and I settled on doing the eastern loop (22.5 mi or 36.2 km) in one day and camping the same night.  Though the official website recommends it as a two-day trek, we […]

Take a hike! (With me?): Mount Maroon edition

I love take a hike posts, don’t you?  This is a hike I did quite a while ago, but I suddenly got nostalgic for Oz, so I’m posting it today.  If you like this post, you might also like: The Great Wall of China, Boyd Big Tree, Shingletown Gap, the Allegheny Front Trail, Hawk Mountain, […]