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 currently spend time between Seattle and Bergamo, Italy. For walks specific to Bergamo and the province, see the Walking Around Bergamo page.

This list has two purposes. First, we hope it helps others who may stumble across this site looking for information or inspiration. Almost all the hikes linked here have a blog post describing it. We have used the internet to get information and draw inspiration, and this list and our blog in general is our humble attempt to return the favor. 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 how we did a certain hike.

We hike because it's a form of exploration for us; exploration of both outside and inside, the world around us and the world inside our heads. We think better when we hike. 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 this though: 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 rolling hills of northwest Connecticut. I drove a rental car by the different spots that were important to me as a kid. I went by the house where I grew up and by 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 would or could 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 mind during my adult visit was this: as a kid, why didn't I just walk? The only answer I can think of is that 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. My desire now to walk, hike, and in general get out and see the world was partially born from that observation and regret. Distance should not be a barrier to doing something or going somewhere.
And now, the hikes...

[Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Madonna di Campiglio] A Hike to Lago Nambino - December 2019
(no blog post for this hike)

[Greece, Crete] Two short hikes around Plakias (Foinikas) Crete. For information about related trip, see 12 Days in Crete and We Barely Scratched the Surface.

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