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Walking Over Haddon in The Peak District

I confess I'm a fair weather walker, which means I often want to walk on our holidays, but whether we go is always dependent on the weather. I have a Goretex jacket but it's like a talisman. I own it, but I don't want to wear it and I hope vainly that just by having spent so much on it an schlepping it with me that it's going to ward off the rain! As you can see my travel planning involves a good deal of "magical thinking!" In California our cultural exuberance (paired with low standards) means we shamelessly call anything a "hike"  - as if we've scaled Everest in an afternoon. Here in England I'm not sure I even qualify as a "walker" because that denotes a level of seriousness I've failed at previously. Minimally it means you're wearing boots  and have an Ordnance Survey map (and possibly a compass) in your back pocket. I guess I'm more of stroller to be honest and I've blogged about my strolls all over the world; m…

Short Hikes around Downieville, California

We've gone up to Downieville a lot over the last few years and done quite a number of day hikes. However on our most recent trip  (last week)  we took things easy on a couple of short trails, the Frasier Falls Trail and the Chapman Creek Trail.

The Frasier Falls trail (off the Gold Lake Highway) is just one mile roundtrip. This is a great short paved trail with gorgeous mountain views and  a waterfall at the end, it is an excellent option for anyone with reduced mobility. 

Champion hiker at 6,000ft!

I've got lots more lovely photos so I think I'll opt for a separate post on the Chapman Creek Trail.