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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

NO TWO HIKES ARE EVER THE SAME

Whilst it is always stimulating to follow new routes and discover new paths, I can safely say that no two hikes are ever the same. I very often walk the same trails time and time again. However I never tire of them since there are so many different elements that contribute to making each hike unique: the season, the weather, the time of day, the company (or lack of it). The list could go on ad infinitum.
I personally love springtime when the flowers are in full bloom, the wild orchids appear and everything is fresh and green. However this does not detract from the enjoyment of the winter, where one day you will have startling bright, clear skies and a chill wind and another, a swirling, unworldly mist. Nor does it make the autumn with its russets and yellows, or the summer with parched fields and an azure sea any less enjoyable. 
You never know what you may find along the way. I once came upon a snake, so intent on trying to swallow the lizard in its mouth that it didn’t even bother to slither away. 
Just last weekend at the top of a steep hill I found a winter glove placed by someone onto a solitary cane, looking out to sea!  
There is always something going on, something worth looking at, and very often also something worth eating. 
 










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