• Hiking

    Hiking Mt. Brandon – Dingle, Ireland

    I love to find beautiful places to hike!  I always have to have at least one good hike on any vacation I plan.  Here in Dingle, Ireland I couldn’t resist hiking up Mt. Brandon, the highest peak on the Dingle Peninsula at 953 meters (3127ft.).  I had done some brief research online and found most people said it was doable in under 5 hours.  However, we got lost trying to find the path which leads up, and initially started hiking on the All Saint’s path which led us through a sheep pasture and then we found ourselves boxed in with barbed wire fences on all sides and no path to…

  • Hiking,  Spirit

    Fight that Beast!

    Our very own mind can be such a beast!  I’m sure you know what I mean.  There is something that you want to do, you know it is good for you, yet your mind gives never-ending excuses why you should not do it. (Think exercise, uh…yeah)  This happened to me again this morning, and I forced myself out to hit the trails despite my mind’s best effort to convince me otherwise.  Once I was enveloped in the wind, the sunshine and the melody of the birds, I was whisked away to a state of such rejuvenation.  I just stopped and took time to breathe in the crisp air and listen…

  • Hiking,  Spirit

    Can I Give More?

    I saw a quote on the wall of the gym which said, If you ask yourself, ‘can I give more?’ the answer is usually yes.  This struck me in a profound way.  I know that sometimes I get used to my “normal” effort whether it is while I’m exercising or doing some other work that has to be done, but isn’t my favorite.  I would say most people do hold back a little bit, and if we are honest with ourselves, we can give more.  I think it is healthy to push ourselves every so often to expand our self-imposed limitations. I found a way to do this on one…

  • Animals,  Hiking

    Morning Walks

    I love my morning walk.  Every day, without fail, I HAVE to walk my high energy Collie dog, Pippi.  When I’m still in my pajamas and sipping my hot tea, it can be hard to get out the door….but as soon as I’m on the trails, I am so so happy to be out.  There is nothing like starting the day by walking for an hour through the woods, by the river, over the creek.  Some days it’s a silent walk, turning thoughts over in my head.  Other days, I’m running and throwing sticks for Pip, or chatting with fellow morning dog walkers.  No matter what kind of walk it…