Ruth in the premium lounge at Toronto's Pearson Airport.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Greenwich, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on September 1st.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Our most memorable hiking experiences Part 2

When Ruth went over yesterday's blog post, she reminded me that I forgot one important hike! And I'm not surprised... there were really too many good ones to remember them all. But this one really should not have been forgotten!

In July of 2011, we hiked up Mount Washington. This is the highest point in North America east of the Rocky Mountains.

It's also the place where the highest wind speed has ever been recorded... on the entire planet!

There are several ways to get to the top. The auto road was built in the 1800’s and used by horse and carriage at the time, but now you can drive your own car ($$), you can have someone else take you in a van ($$$), you can rent an ATV ($$$$) or you can take the cog railway ($$$$$) which was built in 1869.

Or, you can hike up ($). We had to pay a $3 fee at the parking lot.

Mount Washington was a tough hike. I guess that's why most visitors choose to drive up there! It was 4,000' altitude gain over a fairly short distance, and a lot of people misjudge the difficulty level of this hike.

It took us seven and a half hours start to finish to do this hike, with very little resting along the way!

We spent 4 months in southern Africa between November 2013 and March 2014. The country of Namibia offered some interesting hiking experiences, but it was our hiking time in the tiny kingdom of Lesotho that is the most memorable of that trip...

We did an overnight hike, but we had a horse to carry our gear!

Looking at these pictures makes me want to go back there!

We spent the month of October 2014 in South Korea. The national sport in South Korea is hiking!

The most memorable hike in South Korea was not because of the scenery... it's because we were hiking with a Buddhist monk!

Hiking with a Buddhist monk near Busan, South Korea.

We spent 6 weeks in Colombia in November and December of 2015. Colombia is a very lush, green country but it's the hiking we did in the Cocora Valley where the world's tallest palm trees grow that really stands out for us...

Ruth, standing at the base of a palm tree.

It's a beautiful valley.

It's located in what's called a cloud forest, so we were lucky to see it in sunshine.

The clouds did move in later on.

That's enough for today... stay tuned for part 3 tomorrow!

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  1. Kevin gets his hiking ability from his Dad who was brought up in B.C. certainly not from me.

    1. Lol, you are probably right on that! :-)

  2. That's still a lot of hiking that leaves me very jealous of everywhere you've gone. Looking forward to more.
    Be Safe and Enjoy the countdown.

    It's about time.

    1. There is a lot more to come! And more after that, that we haven't even done but want to do, like Trolltunga (Troll Tongue) in Norway. :-)

  3. Fantastic pictures.....I suppose the palm trees have to really extend as high as they could to get some sunshine, if those clouds keep the forest covered. Wow!

    1. Thank you Lynnette!

      Yes, I expect that is why they are so tall. These palm tress are called Wax Palm Trees and only grow in the central and eastern Andes of Colombia and a few in the Andes of northern Peru.

    2. Thanks for sharing the interesting name and information about those palm trees, Ruth.


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