Hikes

This is a list (you might say dumping ground) of links to hikes we have done in the years indicated. The two of us started hiking well before 2008, mostly in Washington State, but we weren't blogging back then. We are currently based in between Seattle and Bergamo, Italy. For walks specific to Bergamo and the province, see Walking Around Bergamo.


This list has two purposes. First, we hope it helps others who may stumble across this site looking for information or inspiration. We have used the internet to do the same and this is our humble attempt at returning the favor, let's say our contribution. Second, this list helps us remember what we did. We are  surprised how many times we return to this page to find out when or if we did a certain hike.

We hike because it's a form of exploration for us, exploration of the external around us and the internal inside us. We think better when we are hiking. It clears our minds. When we've got a problem to mull over, we head to the hills. Hiking is not about highs, lows, or distances, but about the ideas you arrive at.

What makes up a good hike? There are many factors that might make a hike interesting, most out of your control and that even the best planning can't account for. We can say, however, to ensure a good hike, you definitely can and should go with an open-mind.

A little story...
In the late 1990s, I went back to the town where I grew up, in the green rolling hills of Connecticut's northwest corner. I drove my rental car by the different locations that where important to me as a kid. I went by the house I grew up in and my high school.
During that trip down memory lane, I was struck by how close everything was. When I was young, the distances seemed so much greater. Though it was barely 2 miles between house and school, as a kid I remembered it as being a great distance.. I would stress out when I needed a ride to or from school and nobody could or wanted to do it. As such, I didn't join many after-school activities because I was afraid of not being able to get home. 
The question that popped into my adult mind was: as a kid, why didn't I just walk? Because the idea of walking never entered my head and it wasn't a concept I grew up with. My family rarely walked or hiked, so I didn't have much experience to draw upon. What a shame. I think in large part, my desire now to walk, hike, and in general get out and see the world was born from that observation and regret. Distance should not be a barrier to doing something or going somewhere.
The hikes...





















































































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