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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…

A Few Days in Downieville

As you can see from the previous couple of posts, Downieville is somewhere we love but in addition it's paradise for the dog!

Last time we came up we saw a bear here!

The cabins are right on the Yuba river

There are so many beautiful places to visit in the Sierras but we love visiting the Lure Resort. It's a lovely (dog friendly) spot, one mile past Downieville, a small Gold Country town on Highway 49 - past Nevada City and Grass Valley. There's great hiking but the dog just wants to swim the river. On this trip we barbequed and spent hours lounging. I highly recommend this place, but I'm giving it short shrift because I have an trip to Arizona to tell you about!