Simian Circles The adventure begins when the unplanned starts en-us Fri, 17 May 2019 10:39:24 GMT Decisions, decisions I guess there comes that time when I have to make up my mind about something which needs to be done. The past couple of years deciding whether or not to jettison my bridge camera has been on and off. The yoyo effect surfaces every now and then. The main reason is how much I carry in my main backpack. Not that I mind carrying it between locations, I don't. Time is always taken to stop, remove it and give my back a rest. Now, the whole scenario has surfaced again, with a vengeance. Fri, 17 May 2019 08:34:30 GMT Daisytime Spring I could smell the new growth while walking along the narrow path. Underfoot was dry, but there had been a slight rainfall during the night, maybe that's why the fresh aroma was present. Usually the air is moving, either very slightly or a fully blown gale and all one can smell is the mixture of everything all mixed together in that undefinable stench present in most cities. So being able to appreciate the smell of the earth and plants was a welcome Springtime relief. Wed, 08 May 2019 13:19:06 GMT Curves I normally disembark at a stop near the nature reserve I walk in, then do a short walk along the trackside to an entrance where I begin my exercise. There is another way in about a half mile or so down the line, but normally little attention is paid to it. One day I decided to go out that way and stopped to look at the tracks. It was a hazy day and the light reflecting from the top of the rails caught my eye. Wed, 01 May 2019 19:29:23 GMT Using a tablet on the road If you noticed, my using a tablet for blog posts has been a love-hate affair for some time. Imagery is slow process but I get fairly decent results. Text is a different story. First of all, I'm used to touch typing. This is something I learned in high school (I was the only male in the class) and have not regretted it at all. Fri, 12 Mar 2019 23:02:55 GMT Cutting it down and fixing it up In an earlier post I mentioned the new pack I'd bought to use for my Israel trip and other shorter journeys. It's a 20 Litre Gonex, weighs 6.5 ounces, is well made and in a downpour one day, everything stayed dry inside. Greg asked if I'd do a write up about the total weight and how I did that. So here it is. Thu, 28 Feb 2019 16:03:23 GMT Wrong side of the tracks Winter is not always the best time to go on a trek. Foul weather blues have been in abundance and once it was like dusk all day long. The temperature was hovering just above freezing with rain and wind, meaning a very cold walk. It was a good test of my new waterproof trousers, which did their job well. Tue, 12 Feb 2019 17:39:56 GMT Once upon a time in the Negev Even though it's winter, the sun is higher in the sky than I'm used to. In a way that's a good thing because my eyes were spared the near horizon glare of our star. Stepping off the road onto the sand produced a sound I haven't heard since leaving Southern California many years ago. The familiar crunch brought memories back to my mind as I proceeded into Israel's Negev Desert. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 23:08:12 GMT Practice doesn't always make perfect Sometimes you just have to work things out. It has been a while since I used dev.Macgyver Photo Editor on my tablet to do images and things have become a bit rusty. So for a number of treks I used my smartphone as a camera and did some practicing. Thu, 10 Jan 2019 18:38:08 GMT A waning with leaves Bright sunshine was reflecting from various locations as I looked out the window. It was mid morning and the thermometer on the balcony read 5 degrees Celsius. Packing a small bottle of water and my little camera, I made my way to the station. It's time to get out after all the hassle of the spinal problem and put some miles behind me. Thu, 29 Nov 2018 21:35:29 GMT Those two poles Several years back, when I first went through IrunĂ¡, the one thing I noticed were a lot of the Peregrinos (pilgrims), strutting along in posing mode with two hiking poles. They made a terrific noise and looked a bit like penquins marching toward the sea. Sat, 17 Nov 2018 08:00:40 GMT Sort of flood control There are times when you wish that it would be different. Traveling between towns or arriving and finding that an event has taken place that you didn't know about. You had planned something and were looking forward to it, then the Burns effect happened. Thu, 01 Nov 2018 13:47:06 GMT The worst buy I've ever made You've done it. Gone out thinking that what you are buying is going to be worthwhile and you'll get some good mileage off the thing. A few weeks later you stand in front of the mirror shouting at yourself for being so stupid, know what I mean? Sat, 13 Oct 2018 23:18:02 GMT Charles When in Porto a few years ago, I noticed a lot of homeless people all over the place. It was an early afternoon and I had only been there a few days, still looking for a room to rent. I crossed the main street and this guy came up to me begging. His clothes were a bit tattered and his English wasn't too bad. I gave him some Euros and reckoned that I wouldn't see him again. Sat, 06 Oct 2018 10:25:49 GMT About those Expats I stood in amazement as this white, middle class, Englishman ranted on to me, with various obscene expletives, about how stupid everyone was who came to Florence and wanted to see the David statue. Only he was correct, not anyone else, because he thought art was defined purely by himself. The locals called him, "the crazy Englishman". They couldn't stand the idiot and I totally agreed with them. He is an Expat. Sat, 15 Sep 2018 11:00:17 GMT Trails from a different angle I really have to learn some orienteering. Many of the long distance routes here have combined with other trails and each tends to have it's own method of signage. Confusion reigns and there are times you just have to take your chance and see if it goes in the right direction. Once I have the compass usage down, I can just enjoy myself and not worry about lousy signs. Sat, 01 Sep 2018 03:18:26 GMT