Housatonic Range Trail, Connecticut

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Happy On The Trails

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One of the earliest trails Fielden Stream and I hiked when we were really beginning to get into regular hiking was a 1.3 mile section of the Housatonic Range trail in Connecticut. The total trail is 5.9 miles long and traces an old Native American footpath along the ridgelines south of those the Appalachian Trail follows as it enters Connecticut in Sherman.  That day we did a total 2.6 miles out-and-back, to cover the southern end, where Route 37 splits the trail.

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Those mountains, Pine Knob and Candlewood mountain have some beautiful walks through evergreen forests, as well as twisting, piled boulders to scramble through and over, if you’d like to.  (There’s a few views to the ridges to the east from Pine Knob, but the summit of Candlewood is wooded). Luckily, the rest of the trail had beautiful forests and…

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Travel StorYnia: Why This Place in San Juan, La Union is Best for Unwinding

beach, La Union, Lifestyle, Philippines, Relax, Travel, work

StorYnia: Stories That Define

Whenever I feel lost, I would always go back to this hipster place where we used to hang in the north. I and my college sisters discovered this place sometime in 2014 when we were bonding after our long exams. Nothing beats the sound of the waves while having a bottle of beer together with your college friends. Just recently, I visited the place again to unwind and get some beach tan.

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Right after I stepped out of the bus, I went to grab a beer because of my long week at work.

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IMG_20180329_172305.jpgRelax by the beach while drinking some Heineken at Php 120

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The vibe of this place would be appreciated by people who love to chill and relax. There are a lot of foreigners who also spend their vacation here.

What is this place?

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Ecuador: Galapagos Islands – Isla Isabela

Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

Reflections

Upon landing at Las Tintoreras near Isla Isabela; we were greeted by a marine iguana resting on the rock catching the first rays of the sun just after 6.30 am. There wer many marine iguanas clinging to the rocks and they varied in size from about 10 cm to over a metre including length of their tail. The recommended 2 metre rule from the wildlife was sometimes a challenging one to follow when they would be suddenly be on the path in front of you. We also came across a group of sea lions who were taking advantage of the shade in the mangroves to have a rest.

Low tide and the churning sands made the snorkelling off Puerto Villamil a larger challenge than anticipated. The image that I had in my head of walking off the beach till the depth that I could just push-off and snorkel did not…

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Skitour Telschehorn

epic , fun , mountains , nature , skitouring , snow , switzerland , valais , weekend , winter

Outdoor Weekends

SWITZERLAND | When I’m choosing a ski tour I always better play safe. I like to choose places that I already know a little bit, because if there is no trace in the snow, I would be lost even with my GPS. To avoid that we decided to go to the Telschehorn, which is next to the Brudelhorn.

It was freezing cold like last time and so we decided to skip the summit and skied down.

Where: Park your car next to the excellent restaurant Mühle, then walk up the forest. The surroundings after the forest are simply breathtaking.

What: Skitouring, easy, nothing above 30 degrees, even feasible with bad conditions.

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Mambukal Resort

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Exploring my own backyard

Mambukal Resort is a government run mountain resort in the Philippines.

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Mambukal, located at the foot of Mount Kanlaon, is situated in a 24 hectare area.

There are plenty of onsite activities, such as swimming and dipping pools, a climbing wall, zip line, canopy walk, butterfly garden, boating on the lagoon, and a day spa.

Vendors also sell flowers and plants from a roadside market.

One of the most popular features is the Mambukal Falls. A stream runs through rocky cliffs producing seven waterfalls. You will need to hire the services of a guide to take you up the track.

We only went to Mambukal for the day but you can stay there. Accommodation wise there are villas, cottages, lodges, dormitories, and camping sites.

Mambukal Resort is located in Barangay Minoyan, Murcia, Negros Occidental.

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Oklahoma hiking: The Mountain Trail, Robbers Cave State Park

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Golden hour light on the Mountain Trail at Robbers Cave State Park, Okla.

Once my fall races ended in November, I did a major re-think about how I scheduled my time. It seemed I was devoting six days a week for training toward some sort of goal, be it a race or some arbitrary strength metric that usually meant I was sticking close to home every week so I wouldn’t miss a workout.

That meant that I was crowding out some of the thing I loved. It made weekend road trips nonexistent. Any hiking had to be within minutes from my house. It’s very limiting, and it showed: For all of 2018, I only went on two trips outside my city to go hike or climb something. Those were awesome trips, but too few in number. It’s hard to get your outdoor fix when you’re tethered to a schedule that’s…

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