Sherman, parked for the night in the Kaibab National Forest near Ash Fork, Arizona. Photo taken March 13, 2015.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Cabri Regional Park, Saskatchewan, Canada.

And where are they going next? East to Ottawa in the motorhome. Leaving around September 25th.

And after that? Six weeks in Romania and Moldova on November 1st.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Travel Photo Roulette #85: Hiking

Never heard of Travel Photo Roulette? Well now you have! I've actually followed it on and off for the last year or so, and I've even entered a couple of photos along the way. This time, we actually won!

The last edition of Travel Photo Roulette was hosted by Richelle at Adventures Around Asia. The theme she picked was "Candid".


And we have a winner...you can read about it here...
http://www.travelwithkevinandruth.com/2014/08/travel-photo-roulette-we-have-winner.html

And there were some great photos submitted during that round, but she chose ours as the winner!

Our winning entry of Kevin, feeding the ostriches some corn. Too funny.

So, because we won the last round of Travel Photo Roulette, we get to host the next round! And because we get to host the next round, we get to choose the theme of the next round.

Our regular readers know that when we travel, one of the first things we do is head for a local trail head to do some hiking. So, that's the theme of this edition of the contest...Hiking!

Here are some of our own hiking photos that you can use for inspiration...

Guatemala.

South Africa.

Lesotho.

Slovakia.

Contest Overview
The contest rotates through travel/photography blogs, so the winner of the previous round of Travel Photo Roulette hosts the subsequent round on their own blog. The new host then chooses the next theme (a generic keyword or phrase) and people submit their interpretations of the theme over the course of the week of the contest.

At the end of the week, the hosting blogger chooses their favourite photo from the submissions and displays it as the week’s winning entry. They then include direction to the new host for the next round. Readers can attempt to sway the author into picking a certain photo via comments, but the author can ignore comments as they see fit. The game is repeated with the winner hosting the following week’s game and choosing a phrase for new photo submissions.

Feel free to share this post on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and StumbleUpon so more people can join the contest – make sure to use the hashtag #PhotoRoulette

Guidelines
- One submission per blog, so sites that have 2+ authors only get one entry.
- Post processing is permitted, but photo altering (ie. using Photoshop) is not.
- Abstract submissions welcomed as long as it fits within the interpretation of the chosen phrase. Remember, the hosting blogger chooses the winner, so if they cannot understand the submission, you might not win!
- Please try and keep your images medium-sized and web-optimized.
- If you win, keep these in mind when choosing a new theme:
- Keep phrases general so that all bloggers can participate. Specific items like “Eiffel Tower” should be avoided but rather made open-ended like “monuments.” For variety, it is okay to say focused things such as “monuments at night” which most of us have pictures of. Phrases can be generic ‘signs’, or abstract ‘religion’
- Abstract thoughts are appreciated, but keep it within the realm that all readers will understand. No “Kafka-esque”, or “Overlooking Creation”. Use something that is able to be interpreted by all
- After 1 year, phrases can be reused, however new photos must be submitted.
- No obscene pictures or phrases allowed. Suggestive phrases and photography can be accepted, but please keep it within reason.
- Keep the ideas and photos fresh!
- Pictures from your entire portfolio are fair to submit. You do not have to take the photo within the week of the contest period to submit it.
- Most importantly, all photographs must be your own.
- One last rule, since this is a competition for travel and photography bloggers, you must have a travel/photography blog to enter. Sorry!

Previous Winners

This is a list of all the previous winners and themes. Click the host’s link to go directly to that entry to see some fab photographs.
1. Nov 2010 Living the Dream Animals 2. Nov 2010 Skinny Backpacker Road Signs
3. Nov 2010 Dream a Little Dream Street Art 4. Dec 2010 Flashpacker HQ Festival
5. Dec 2010 Over Yonderlust Landmarks 6. Dec 2010 Don’t Ever Look Back Beaches
7. Jan 2011 ThePlanetD Portraits 8. Jan 2011 Travel with a Mate Motion
9. Jan 2011 Johnny Vagabond Water 10. Feb 2011 Ken Kaminesky Urban
11. Feb 2011 Travels of Adam Friday Night 12. Mar 2011  Itchy Feet Chronicles The Journey
13. Mar 2011 Brendan’s Adventures Changing Seasons 14. Apr 2011 Shutterfeet Storytelling
15. Apr 2011 10 Times One Piousness 16. Apr 2011 Beached Eskimo Learning
17. May 2011 Travel Junkies Architecture 18. Jun 2011 Destination World Transportation
19. Jun 2011 Living the Dream Paradise 20. Jun 2011 Vagabond Quest Clothes
21. Jul 2011  The Unframed World Symmetry 22. Jul 2011 Beached Eskimo Home
23. Jul 2011 BackPackerBanter Inspiration 24. Aug 2011 WanderingTrader Darkness
25. Aug 2011 Finding the Universe Tranquillity 26. Sep 2011 Fearful Adventurer Food
27. Sep 2011 Adventures of a GoodMan City 28. Oct 2011 Globe-Trekking.com Reflections
29. Oct 2011 Scene With A Hart Framing 30. Nov 2011 Vagabond Quest Silhouettes
31. Nov 2011 Hecktic Travels Music 32. Dec 2011 Globetrotter Girls Love
33. Dec 2011 Man on the lam Humor 34. Jan 2012  My Walkabout Winter
35. Jan 2012 The Art of Slow Travel Blue 36. Feb 2012 Ten times One Depth of the Field
38. Mar 2012 Nomadbiba Sunshine 39. Mar 2012 Travel With Kat Local Character
40. Apr 2012 The Travel Bunny Street Scene 41. Apr 2012  Adventure Crow Spirit of the Country
42. May 2012 Food Travel Bliss Evening 43. May 2012  Matt Gibson Adventure
44. May 2012 Flashpacker HQ Once In A Lifetime 45. Jul 2012 Skinny Backpacker Surreal
46. Aug 2012 2away Smile 47. Aug 2012 Bridges and Balloons Excellent Splendour of the Universe
48. Sep 2012 The GypsyNester What the ?! 49. Oct 2012 Runaway Juno Sweet
50. Nov 2012 GQ Trippin Play 51. Nov 2012 Life’s Little Victories Friendship
52. Dec 2012 Breakaway Backpacker Face 53. Jan 2013 Fly, Icarus, Fly Serendipity
54. Feb 2013 Travel Transmissions Lost in Thought 55. Feb 2013 Wanderlusters The Natural World
56. Mar 2013 Travel Junkies Patterns 57. Apr 2013 Living the Dream Your First Time
58. May 2013 Getting Stamped The Sun Goes Down 59. Jun 2013 The GypsyNester Cheesy Tourist Diversions
60. Jun 2013 Boomeresque Revolution 61. Jul 2013 Breakaway Backpacker Colorful
62. Aug 2013 Around This World Mountains 63. Aug 2013 Passports and Pamplemousse Hands at Work
64. Sep 2013 TurtlesTravel Dance 65.Sep 2013 Keep calm and travel The Sea
66 Sep 2013 Travel Photo Discovery The Market 67. Oct 2013 Am I Nearly There Yet? Travel Fails
68. Oct 2013 The GypsyNester Weird Regional Foods 69. Nov 2013 Sophie’s World Trees
70. Nov 2013 SHOuTography Party 71. Dec 2013 Adventures of a Goodman Ruin
72. Dec 2013 Have Blog Will Travel Light 73. Jan 2014 This World Rocks Crowds
74. Jan 2014 Travel Past 50 Competition 75. Feb 2014 The Working Traveller Working
76. Mar 2014 Travels with Carole Umbrellas 77. Apr 2014 Independent Travel Help Quirky
78. Apr 2014 Quit Job Travel World Statues 79. May 2014 Nomad is Beautiful People Sleeping
80. May 2014 Backpack Me Mouthwatering 81. June 2014 20 Years Hence The Face of A Nation
82July 2014 Two for the Road Into the Wild 83. July 2014 TurtlesTravel Summer!
84. August 2014 Adventures Around Asia Candid 
So, post a link to your entry in the comments below. As they come in, I'll re-post the entries to the bottom of this blog post. Contest runs from now until next Wednesday August 27th. Winner will be announced on August 28th. Don't hesitate to comment on the entries! You're allowed to try and sway the judges opinions!
Here are the entries so far...

On top of the World, by ZigZag on Earth
"Hiking around Innsbruck I saw this man who looked like he was on top of the world."

Hiking in the Sand, by RV Khronicles of Kevelyn
"This was from a trip to Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado in fall of 2010. We thought we'd make it to the top no problem, but the elevation and sand kicked our behinds."

Hold my Hand, by Boggs Blogs
"We were hiking in Carter Caves State Park near Olive Hill, Kentucky. I was going down a steep place when a little boy named Andrew wanted to hold my hand to help me down. He was with one of the adults that was hiking with us but the little boy did not know me. He said, "I am helping you like a soldier helps people." His older brother is a soldier over seas right now and he wants to be just like him. It was touching."

13 Miles in the Rain, by Boomeresque
 "Our four day hike on the Milford Track in Fiordland National Park on the South Island of New Zealand. The last day was 13 miles through a temperate rain forest. There's a reason they call it a rain forest. It rained the entire day. Fortunately, we were forewarned and had the necessary gear to stay more or less dry."

A Long Walk Home by Vagrants of the World
"On the long walk home across the glacier from Rumdoodle, while having a day off in Antarctica."

Dune 45 by globe-trekking.com
"While traveling through Namibia I had a visit at Dune 45. While arriving at the site a couple of travelers were hiking to the top. I did this also which proved to be an unforgettable experience."

Mount Bromo, by Endless Roads
"More running than hiking, but still... This is from Mount Bromo, Indonesia."

South Luangwa National Park, by Quit Job. Travel World.
"A recent hike we took through the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. Our scout Thomas is there to protect us from the elephants, hippos, lions, leopards etc."

The Valley of Longevity, by Till the Money Runs Out
"Vilcabamba, Ecuador is one of our favorite places for hiking in the world. Vilcabamba is sometimes called "the valley of longevity" and with beautiful hikes like this one criss-crossing the area it's easy to see why it's inhabitants have earned a reputation for living longer, healthier lives than almost anywhere else!"

Africa on Foot, by Travel Addicts
"Experiencing Africa the way it was meant to be: on foot. Our guide, Faffa, leads Lance through the bush in search of elephants, rhinos, lions and hippos."

Anasazi Ridge, Utah, by Travels with Carole
"I lagged behind on this glorious morning hike near Anasazi Ridge in St. George, Utah."

29 comments:

  1. You have a very nice blog, and your header is lovely! Greetings from Montreal, Canada.

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  2. Congrats on the win! A very fun shot.
    Here is my entry:
    My blog is ZigZag On Earth (www.zigzagonearth.com)
    http://zigzag-on-earth.smugmug.com/Travel/Europe/Austria-Innsbruck/i-3qW4kx8/0/M/IMG_5891-M.jpg
    On top of the world
    Hiking around Innsbruck I saw this man who looked like he was on top of the world

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    1. Thank you for your entry Claire. Innsbruck looks like a beautiful area for hiking, can't wait until we make our way there some day.

      Your photo is beautiful and he really does look like his is on top of the world and he probably feels like he is.

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  3. Here's my entry. It's the picture of me with the hiking pole in the sand. This was from a trip to Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado in fall of 2010. We thought we'd make it to the top no problem, but the elevation and sand kicked our behinds. It was still a fun and memorable hike. http://rvkhroniclesofkevelyn.blogspot.com/2010/10/great-sand-dunes-national-park.html


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    1. Thank you Kevin and Evelyn for your entry. We know all about sand dunes and how they look much easier to climb than they really are. Looks like you two gave it a valiant effort and even though you didn't make it to the top if looks like you had a great time all the same.

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    2. I went to the Sand Dunes with my family when I was younger. My brother and I thought we made it really far but when we turned around we were just at the top of one of the first dunes! We gave up and went and played in the river for the rest of the day. Great picture!

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  4. We were hiking in Carter Caves State Park near Olive Hill, Kentucky. I was going down a steep place when a little boy named Andrew wanted to hold my hand to help me down. He was with one of the adults that was hiking with us but the little boy did not know me. He said, "I am helping you like a soldier helps people." His older brother is a soldier over seas right now and he wants to be just like him. It was touching.

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ekEwNki-yKU/U8NE1A6-bGI/AAAAAAABHAg/zPgdkD-CoLw/s1600/photo%2B2-768514.JPG

    Our Blogs is wwwboggsblogs.com

    Davy

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    1. Thank you for your entry Davy, and what a wonderful story to go along with it. Sounds like this little guy is going to grow up to be a wonderful and caring adult.

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  5. Great photos and a great idea:) I may not enter the contest, but I could use the idea to fill the white space when more often than not I am stuck staring at a blank page when trying to write blog.

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    1. Thank you Chuck and Anneke, we think it is a pretty cool idea as well and by doing this we get to see some amazing photos. Hope you decide to join in on the fun, we know you both have some wonderful photos to choose from.

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  6. Here's a photo from a recent hike we took through the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. Our scout Thomas is there to protect us from the elephants, hippos, lions, leopards etc.

    http://quitjobtravelworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/wpid-dsc02674.jpg

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    1. Thank you for your entry Leckie. Looking at your photo sure brought back memories of our time in Africa last winter. It was lovely being able to see all those wild animals in there real habitat, so glad you were able to go hiking out there with them.

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  7. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SsHQQghfg5k/U_Xo3u84LmI/AAAAAAAAMXk/0QRhZ5X3LKs/s1600/DSC_5538.jpg

    More running than hiking, but still... This is from Mount Bromo, Indonesia. My blog is www.endlessroads.net


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    1. Thank you for your entry Urska. This is a beautiful photo and now you have just made us want to visit Indonesia. There are just too many amazing places to see on this wonderful planet.

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  8. Hi Kevin & Ruth,
    Here is our entry on flickr- This is a shot taken on the long walk home across the glacier from Rumdoodle, while having a day off in Antarctica.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/126174756@N06/14968339536/

    Cheers Mark & Kate www.vagrantsoftheworld.com
    P.S. We loved your winning shot last week!

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    1. Thank you for your entry Mark and Kate. What an amazing adventure you had in Antarctica and your pictures and description of life there for a year was fantastic. Love the way the snow/ice sparkles from the reflection of the sun.

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  9. I had picked your photo to win last week's challenge. We will be visiting there in October. Now I know to be careful when hob-nobbing with ostriches!

    Photo entry for Hiking:
    This photo was taken during our four day hike on the Milford Track in Fiordland National Park on the South Island of New Zealand. The last day was 13 miles through a temperate rain forest. There's a reason they call it a rain forest. It rained the entire day. Fortunately, we were forewarned and had the necessary gear to stay more or less dry. http://www.boomeresque.com/?p=632
    (I'm afraid this was not originally a digital photo so my editing options were limited. If this doesn't work for you, please let me know.)

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    1. Thanks you Suzanne for your entry and also for thinking that our photo would win last week's contest. It was certainly a "candid" shot, we had no idea that the ostriches were going to react like that, it was hilarious, Kevin was so totally surprised and wasn't sure if he was going to get attacked by these guys. No worries thought, they were just interested in the corn.

      13 miles in the rain and wet doesn't sound like a fun hike but sometimes you just have no option, glad that you were dressed for it and hopefully you still saw some beautiful scenery.

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  10. Not sure my previous message posted. ;-\

    While traveling through Namibia I had a visit at Dune 45. While arriving at the site a couple of travelers were hiking to the top. I did this also which proved to be an unforgettable experience.

    http://globe-trekking.com/en/blog/2014/08/21/travel-photo-roulette-85-hiking/

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    1. No your previous comment didn't post but this one did! :-)

      Thank you for your entry. We were at Sossusvlei in November of last year. Such a beautiful area. We drove past Dune 45 and we saw people climbing it. Wished now that we had stopped and climbed it then but we were on our way to climb Big Daddy, so we know how hard hiking those dunes can be. The dunes make for some fantastic photography though, the colours make the pictures look almost unreal.

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    2. thanks Ruth. I agree. the entire area is spectacular. I also climbed Big Daddy. There were 5 guys and we climbed it in record time, just about 50 minutes. I suffered dearly for it later that day and the next with heat exhaustion. Something i'm not likely to repeat again in my life!

      I agree, the colors make them look almost unreal!

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    3. Wow, 50 minutes to do Big Daddy is amazing. Unfortunately we didn't make it to the top of Big Daddy ourselves because by the time we actually got to the base it was already starting to get hot and we knew that it would be REALLY hot by the time we got to the top. I still regret not continuing to the top but we did make it up high enough to get a gorgeous view of the area.

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  11. Not sure the previous comment went through...

    Experiencing Africa the way it was meant to be: on foot. Our guide, Faffa, leads Lance through the bush in search of elephants, rhinos, lions and hippos.

    http://www.traveladdicts.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Africa-on-Foot-walking-safari.jpg

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    1. No it didn't, I think Blogger has a glitch in the system at the moment because I have found that I have this problem occasionally too! I have now got to the point where I copy my comment before posting it.

      Thank you for your entry Lance and we agree with you about seeing Africa on foot. We ourselves did many hikes while we were in Africa but we also did some self drive safaris that were very rewarding too!

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  12. I like the HOLD MY HAND pic, by Boggs blogs. It touched my heart seeing the man with the little boy. While other pics are nice, with good views, I thought the HOLD MY HAND pic was best.

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    1. Thanks for giving us your choice and why. It certainly does tug at your heart strings.

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  13. Do we have a winner??? I think we win for persistence! :)

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