Simian Circles http://simcir.com/index.html The adventure begins when the unplanned starts en-us Sun, 10 Nov 2019 13:28:53 GMT Beginning the turn of the year http://simcir.com/simcposts/beginning-the-turn-of-the-year.html There was a slight edge to the air as I stepped onto the trail. No specific plan in mind, just a walk for the sake of it all. Across a sort of mown up area stood what looked like a metal box, pale blue, perhaps 4 feet high. I walked over the rough ground cover to take a closer look. A door on one of the sides was partially open and I reckon that at one time it was for an electrical thing in the area and just left to rot when everything else was removed. Sun, 10 Nov 2019 09:05:53 GMT http://simcir.com/simcposts/beginning-the-turn-of-the-year.html Sometimes you just need a laugh http://simcir.com/simcposts/sometimes-you-just-need-a-laugh.html With all the seriousness in epidemic mode around the world, there needs to be some kind of relief every now and then. I don't recall what set my mind in motion about what happened many years ago, but I managed a good chuckle about a couple of the things a friend and I got up to during and after our senior year in high school. Sat, 02 Nov 2019 00:59:39 GMT http://simcir.com/simcposts/sometimes-you-just-need-a-laugh.html A festival and change of plans http://simcir.com/simcposts/a-festival-and-change-of-plans.html I discovered this year in Pamplona that there are Street festivals for many of the streets in the old town. These take place during the summer months at various times. Some are small, others are quite large. Thu, 03 Oct 2019 12:37:39 GMT http://simcir.com/simcposts/a-festival-and-change-of-plans.html 3 hours in Artajona http://simcir.com/simcposts/3-hours-in-artajona.html The nights are getting quite cool now in Pamplona, so I grabbed a bus to a big store some distance away and bought a fleece. For the last month I've been wearing sandals, not something I normally do. The heels were hard and my right knee began to hurt. I like the sandals, but reckoned they are not worth a damaged knee and trashed them. It was nice to wear gel-heeled shoes again and the fleece was coming in handy. The weather on the day I chose to check out the town of Artajona was forecast to be on the cool side, so slung it into my small pack and grabbed a bus. Sun, 01 Sep 2019 14:47:37 GMT http://simcir.com/simcposts/3-hours-in-artajona.html Durango http://simcir.com/simcposts/durango.html The sheriff of Durango caught the outlaws and slung them in jail. At least that's the way we think of it. The name of the town conjures images of cowboys and the wild west. Indeed, it used to be just that. Kind of like Yuma and Deadwood. Many western movies were shot in Durango, Colorado and also the Mexican town of the same name. There's even a narrow gauge railroad named the Durango and Silverton which runs steam trains left over from the old Colorado mountain railroads, such as the Denver and Rio Grande Western. Okay, that's fine, but where does the name come from? Thu, 15 Aug 2019 19:29:32 GMT http://simcir.com/simcposts/durango.html Buses and a concrete artist http://simcir.com/simcposts/buses-and-a-concrete-artist.html I find it interesting how pricing changes for flights. The use of companies which do all the booking for you is, basically, one serious rip off. I manage my own with the airlines direct and nearly always save hundreds of dollars by doing so. This trip to Pamplona saw even the airlines pricing jump around all over the place. From 189 UKP to 60 UKP, for the same flight no less. Obviously I chose the latter and did that only a few days before I left. Sat, 20 Jul 2019 17:53:37 GMT http://simcir.com/simcposts/buses-and-a-concrete-artist.html Pub to bus http://simcir.com/simcposts/pub-to-bus.html The driver of the bus was very helpful as we wound around through various villages. My destination was one which would set me at the beginning of about a 5 mile hike. It was one of those days where the sky was a nice blue with small clouds drifting by and a slight breeze. I had never been to this spot before and planned to end up at a stop where I could catch a bus, which stopped at a station, on the branchline that ran near to where I live. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 06:29:23 GMT http://simcir.com/simcposts/pub-to-bus.html The Kilmer connection http://simcir.com/simcposts/the-kilmer-connection.html He watched carefully as the patrol moved. The G98 was raised slowly and the sniper picked his target. A soldier slightly off to one side. The shooter adjusted the sight and as the man slowed down a little, pulled the trigger. It was the First World War, a man named Joyce Kilmer received that bullet and died. He was a poet and one of his poems fits into the category of over used, or does it? Fri, 05 Jul 2019 09:38:14 GMT http://simcir.com/simcposts/the-kilmer-connection.html Tiptoe through the process http://simcir.com/simcposts/tiptoe-through-the-process.html The normal things of life: like taking a shower, eating breakfast and catching a plane are those aspects of getting around which we are all used to. It was during one of those type of events that I had a slight distraction take place which has set me back a little. Sat, 15 Jun 2019 12:49:46 GMT http://simcir.com/simcposts/tiptoe-through-the-process.html The valley search http://simcir.com/simcposts/the-valley-search.html As I entered the wooded section, my eyes were greeted by a carpet of bluebells. Nearly everywhere I looked and walked within the wood, they were covering the ground. It was the Friday before Easter and those flowers are not normally there until around mid May. Spring was in full flow and a nice warm weekend on the cards. I had set out to go a hunting. Not for wildlife, but for a special place I stumbled across some years ago. To search for the nice little valley where it was silent apart from some birdsong and way off any main trail. Sat, 01 Jun 2019 07:16:36 GMT http://simcir.com/simcposts/the-valley-search.html Decisions, decisions http://simcir.com/simcposts/decisions-decisions.html 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 http://simcir.com/simcposts/decisions-decisions.html Daisytime Spring http://simcir.com/simcposts/daisytime-spring.html 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 http://simcir.com/simcposts/daisytime-spring.html Curves http://simcir.com/simcposts/curves.html 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 http://simcir.com/simcposts/curves.html I want expanse http://simcir.com/simcposts/i-want-expanse.html While walking off trail has its advantages, the photographing of the trek tends to be the same. No track, all ground cover and thick foliage. Thinking about this, I thought it would be nice to go off the beaten path where there was some expanse to the landscape. Tue, 10 Apr 2019 21:31:49 GMT http://simcir.com/simcposts/i-want-expanse.html Using a tablet on the road http://simcir.com/simcposts/using-a-tablet-on-the-road.html 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 http://simcir.com/simcposts/using-a-tablet-on-the-road.html