Author: Vagabond Hiker

As long-time followers of this blog may know, my youngest brother, Clifford, has both graced many photos and been behind the lens for quite a few more. Beginning with Maui in 1990, Clifford and I explored Belize in 1993, Wales with our dad in 2004, and coastal California numerous times. More recently we traveled and hiked together in Tasmania and mainland Australia in 2017, Malta in 2018, Ireland in 2019, Costa Rica in 2022, and the Southwest US numerous times over the years. Clifford’s innate curiosity, far-reaching knowledge, boundless enthusiasm, and child-like sense of wonder for the natural world enriched…

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Jordan was one of many hiking trips I booked for 2020, before the pandemic put paid to virtually all travel. After nearly a four year delay, over the holiday I finally managed to get there, joined by Maggie for most of the trip. Hiking and scrambling in the Wadi Rum desert with local bed​ou​ins, visiting the magical Nabataean city of Petra, and exploring some of the archeological ruins in the east and north of the country, as well as taking a dip in the Dead Sea (the lowpoint of my trip!) made for an active 2 week vacation. Here are…

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Loyal readers of this blog will know that most of my time is spent in the mountains and deserts of the world, hiking, trekking, and climbing. On occasion, though, I crave some culture, history, and decent vegan cuisine. With bases in Italy and Britain this past summer, I was ideally situated to visit several capital cities in Europe that were new to me. Others cities served as stepping off points for mountain adventures. In all case except one, my main means of exploring each city was by walking, in every instance including a guided tour of the cities’ more historic…

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Having a few spare days in the UK at the end of September, I took the train and bus down to Lyme Regis to pick up where I left off 15 months ago walking the Southwest Coast Path in South Devon. This latest installment covered about 50 miles over four days, walking generally west to east along what’s known as the Jurassic Coast. In 2001 the Jurassic Coast was designated a Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO and it remains England’s only Natural World Heritage Site. According to UNESCO, “The cliff exposures along the Dorset and East Devon coast provide…

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