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Hiking in Finland: Tips for an advanced hiker

Jouni Laaksonen 19.3.2018

More on the subject of summer holiday. What about coming to Finland to do some extraordinarily good hiking?

Last week I wrote about day hiking, which is is great activity! 836 more words


Camping At Lake Ouachita State Park, Arkansas

March 11 – 12, 2018

Kevin and I were making plans to go camping on Spring Break, a couple of weeks ago. We didn’t want to go too far, which means in Texas “slang”: up to six hours distance is okay; but no 18 – 20 hour one way trip. 534 more words


Campfire Memory

Curled up next to you
in our two-seater camp chair
staring into the campfire
warmed by fire and you

We watched long-legged spiders
sidle up to the edge of the fire ring… 81 more words


Little Moments #13

The moment you step into an adventure, there is a string of events that will inevitably take place. With them can come moments of challenge, exhaustion, and sometimes despair. 69 more words


Hiking in Finland: Tips for a beginner

Jouni Laaksonen 12.3.2018

Are you planning next summer’s holiday? Come and hike in Finland! Here’s ten tips for a beginner:

1. Finland is a country of vast forests (over 70% of land area) and thousands of lakes (nearly 200 000 of them). 1,691 more words


Seeing Thunder, Hearing Lightening...

We first met at college in 1955, just after “our” war. At first we didn’t like each other. As is often the case when you are in a bad  place and you meet someone who you have too much in common with. 1,308 more words

Camping: Congaree National Park

Congaree National Park near Columbia, South Carolina is one of the newest of the 59 US National Parks (The only newer ones are Pinnacles and Great Sand Dunes). 339 more words

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