Category Archives: Hiking

Stories about simple dayhikes that I’ve been on

A walk in Portland – Saturday, 14-Mar-2020


Saturday, March 14th, 2020


Well, the world’s a bit on fire now, isn’t it?

COVID-19, Stock Markets, Price wars over oil, toilet paper being hoarded (Really?), and now to top it all off… it’s snowing in Portland.

Portland doesn’t really do so well with snow on the best of days, and this absolutely isn’t the best of days.  But… maybe it is?  It’s a Saturday, we’re under a state of emergency, everyone’s a bit scared and confused… maybe this is actually the best time for there to be a bit of snow to spice up the winter and help keep everyone indoors?


It absolutely seemed to be, as Ollie and I walked around the semi-desolate city. Almost no one was around, and the fresh snow did an amazing job of quieting out the standard noises of the city.  It even added that amazing crisp/fresh smell to the air, laying the smell on top of the hint of spring blossoms that was already there.

It was a lovely walk, especially considering that it was a city hike.  We took the scenic route, as much as we could, down to the waterfront.  Our destination was the cherry trees that I’d been seeing on the drive home from work… they’d been starting to blossom for a week or so, and were pretty much in full bloom as far as I could see.


In short – it was a lovely Saturday morning and early afternoon.

Hiking up to Angels Rest, Friday 11-Feb-2020


Friday, February 11th, 2020


Sarah, Ollie and I hiked up to Angel’s Rest, out in the Gorge!

That’s… that’s it.  It was a lovely hike, beautiful weather, and great views.  A good chance to get into nature and escape the city for a little bit.


A Scotland Adventure – Part 8, Fairy Pools and Sligachan Bridge


Hello, and welcome back to your annual story time of Ben and Sarah’s international adventures! Keeping with the tradition of the last few years, Sarah and I visited with her family, this year going back to Scotland.


Tuesday, 31-Dec-2019


Our last day in Skye was, frustratingly to all involved, some of the best weather of the whole trip.

Our main plan for the day was to get back to Aberdeen – but we couldn’t let the amazing weather pass by without getting some last minute views of Skye!  We picked two adventure spots on the drive out – The fairy Pools, and the Sligachan bridge!


The two were gorgeous!  Both places had amazing views of their respective Cuillins, and the sunlight breaking through the clouds gave the whole vista an amazing ephemerical feel… I’ve said it before in these posts, but Skye just seems like a fairy world – I completely understand why so many myths and legends sprung up in Scotland.  Maybe it’s the variance between the rough seas and beautiful hillsides, or maybe it’s the extreme length of the golden hour due to the high latitude.

Whatever the reason, the pictures below speak louder than any descriptions I could write.  Enjoy!