The cheeky chipmunks of Washington and Oregon

My favourite chipmunk photo of the trip. I had to have a separate post for these obnoxious chipmunks. They were everywhere and they seem to know that campers/hikers are easy targets for their big brown eyes and begging. They did a good job of sneaking up on us and trying to steal our lunch. Some […]

Madera Canyon, Arizona

Once I got to looking at my carpenter bee photos yesterday, I realized there were a whole bunch of things I neglected to post about my Arizona trip a couple of years ago. That’s probably true of most of the things I intend to post but then forget to actually write up. Oh well! It’s […]

Take a hike! (With me?): Glendalough wanderings

The money shot I went to Glendalough with a friend and we didn’t really have a plan about where we wanted to hike. There’s only one public bus to Glendalough from Dublin, so we had a very limited time there and we just wanted to wander and see what we could see. We ended up […]

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 […]

Wicklow National Park

After we did our hike at Crone Woods, my new friends were kind enough to drive me around Wicklow National Park, a mind-blowingly beautiful, but very different landscape. This is all heath bog, so even though it looks barren, it’s full of life. Those forests I love so much don’t really belong here! Sorry for […]

Take a hike! (with me) Crone Woods

Guys, I’m really late posting this. I did this the first weekend I moved to Ireland and a generous new friend took me under her wing and brought me to Crone Woods! We had a lovely hike, though not as wild or isolated as some of the hikes I’m used to from the States or […]