Blue View – Geriatric Backpacking

Blue View – Geriatric Backpacking

The Thames Path was sort of a trial run to see whether we could still hike reasonable distances each day for days or weeks at a time, while carrying full packs. Although it wasn't without a few blisters and there were the occasional 'Ibuprofen nights' we had a glorious time, and there was nothing that dissuaded us from trying something more ambitious.

Most of the world’s greatest hikes aren’t this luxurious, however, which begs the question as to whether we're now way too old to sleep on the ground, utilizing only the lightweight backpacking gear we can carry. Will we spend a very long night with throbbing backs, hips and shoulders, then be too 'stove-up' in the morning to get into an upright position or tie our own shoes? Will I be too cranky to live with? Time to find out.

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Blue View – Differences Between the Brits and the Yanks

Blue View – Differences Between the Brits and the Yanks

We've been corrected on more than one occasion that we don't actually speak English, but rather, 'American'. Books have probably been written describing the differences in accent, slang and vocabulary between our two countries. Language differences aside, there are a whole host of other differences between the Brits and the Yanks. Some of the differences are good, some bad, and some are just different. Here's a few we observed…

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Walking the Thames Path - What did it cost us?

Walking the Thames Path - What did it cost us?

We’ve decided that our past month in England walking the Thames Path was certainly one of the most enjoyable trips we’ve ever taken. I spent some time computing our actual costs while walking the Path and wanted to share them with you, just in case you might want to take a similar trip.

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