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Day 4: Shetland Welcome

By / May 28, 2014

After sleeping surprisingly well on a rolling ship the third day, we arrived to port in Lerwick at 8:00am.  Our first views of the island from the ship included rolling hillsides dotted with small stone houses, but before we could get there we had to navigate out of the city (small town really). While it was […]

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Day 3: Town and Ferry

By / May 27, 2014

My dad arrived in Saint Andrews in the morning on the third day. As it had also been two years since he was last here we decided to hit the main sites; the cathedral, castle, and beach. We didn’t bother going inside the castle grounds due to cost, and my sister said it really wasn’t […]

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Day 2: About the town

By / May 21, 2014

Day two has come and gone already.  My sister had a lot of packing to do as she needs to move out of her flat upon returning from Poland, so this day was more low-key (and relaxing) than the first day.  We started with a Scottish brunch at Mitchell’s Deli near the centre of town, which had […]

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Day 1: Fife Coastal Path

By / May 20, 2014

My first day in Saint Andrews was full of fun. My sister had one final left to pass, so while she was testing I took off on a jaunt along the Fife Coastal Path (Map).  I started in Saint Andrews (point 79) and ended up walking about 3 miles east past rocky beaches, golf courses, […]

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Flight to Fife

By / May 19, 2014

So I’m in now in Scotland. My flight from Vancouver to Edinburgh was pretty uneventful but did include some neat images.  I always forget there is no filter quite like the window of an airplane. The view while taking off from YVR (Vancouver airport) is one of the best I’ve seen from an airport.  This […]

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Scotland: An Island Tale

By / May 17, 2014

In a few hours I leave North America for the first time since 2012.  Just like last time I’m headed for Scotland.  Unlike last time I’m not there to help my sister move to a new country., it’s all fun and games.  By now my sister will know (or at least should know) everything there […]

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Defying Mount Defiance

By / May 13, 2014

This week’s weather has been superb! Since Sunday the highs have been in the mid eighties, so I figured it was a great opportunity for the first long alpine hike of the season. Mount Defiance‘s 11 mile trek beckoned, but it was not to be. We ended up doing almost 10 miles on the ridges, […]

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Awash on Mt. Washington

By / May 5, 2014

Once again the week was beautiful, but the weekend weather was not. The trailhead for the Mount Washington trail is in Olallie State Park, about a half mile east from where I turned around on the Iron Horse trail last weekend.  The Washington Trail Association page for the hike says it is five miles round trip, but […]

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Photo of the Month: April 2014

By / May 1, 2014

Yet again, picking just one pictures of the 470 taken in April proved to be extremely difficult.  So difficult that this week I’m going to provide links to my top seven. Here is my list of favourites… 7. Spring Hills taken 19 April 6. Flowerbed taken 12 April 5. Cloudbeam taken 25 April 4. Cloudy Peak […]