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Intermission

September 1, 2013 1 comment

I have not been blogging in the past 3+ weeks, which is simply because there has been other matters Рmore work to handle before travelling abroad and then travelling abroad. Just returned home from a 2 week trip to California and Silicon Valley. The first week was a road trip with a few colleagues, first along  highway 1 (most of the time) down to San Diego from San Francisco and then up to Yosemite and later back to San Francisco. For this part of the trip, Yosemite was the most amazing part Рwould have loved to spend more time there. The forest fire in Yosemite is worrying though and we did see the smoke from it in the distance.

The second week was a conference/learning journey with my employer and pretty much the whole company, with some quite interesting visits and events. It was quite an amazing and intense week; also the first time we traveled this far and were away for this long.  Now I am back home, at bit jet-lagged and full of impressions and thoughts.

So a bit later this week I will probably be back with the blogging, after catching up a bit.

Nevada Falls, in Yosemite Park

Nevada Falls, in Yosemite Park

Categories: General, hiking

Hill Walking

July 18, 2013 Comments off

Last week was a week with no gaming and for the most part disconnected from the normal world – I was on a one week holiday in Scotland to do some hill walking/hiking. This was my first time in Scotland ever and also the first time doing some serious highland walking, rather than somewhat flat lowlands.

It was a fantastic week! We started off in West Highlands of Scotland with some day trips near Ballachulish – first day was said to be the warmest day in Scotland so far this year. This was said for some of the other days the same week as well; instead of cloudy and rainy weather that seems to be somewhat common in Scotland we had great weather all week, sunny and hot. Actually, even a bit too hot for doing hill walking all day…

View of the mountain Sgurr Eilde Mor, from top of Sgor Eilde Beag.

View of the mountain Sgurr Eilde Mor, from top of Sgor Eilde Beag.

We had a great time and our local guide, Tom, was fantastic. Very good about tuning the experience for the group and with lots of knowledge about the local area, history, flora & fauna. Really nice!

Stob Dearg

Stob Dearg

We contimued later further east in Scotland, via Loch Ness to Cairngorms national park, where we did some more walks there. The slopes were a bit more gentle here and the setting a bit different from West Highlands, but great nonetheless. Temperature dropped a bit towards the end of the week, which made the walking a bit nicer.

All in all, a great week and I definiately do this again sometime! And perhaps get some use for my rain poncho that time…

CairnGorm1

Categories: hiking, Other