Thursday, December 29, 2011

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Emergency Supplies

So my emergency hiking supplies have arrived in time for the 2012 hiking year! While it's detractors will tell you it's just sugar it's ardent supporters will tell you it was used by both Edmund Hillary & Ernest Shakleton!

'We sat on the snow and looked at the country far below us … we nibbled Kendal Mint Cake.' A member of the successful Everest expedition wrote – 'It was easily the most popular item on our high altitude ration – our only criticism was that we did not have enough of it.'”

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Marzipan Time!

The next stage of Chiyoko's Christmas Cake Masterpiece, brushing with Ghost Pepper Jelly (OK just kidding it's Apricot Jam really) before putting the Marzipan on..

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Mince Pies - Batch No. II

So December 14th & we are on to our second batch of Chiyoko's Mince Pies. For some strange reason she decided to make some mini mince pies! Who would want a mini mince pie I asked?

Thankfully she also made some that were the correct size...

Hmmmm, what about Mega Mince Pies I wonder??

Feedin' the Cake!!

December 14th - Feeding the Cake, giving the Christmas cake it's last shot of brandy or two before the Icing!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

More Lunar Eclipse pics!

So everyone has been sharing their Lunar Eclipse pics today & I didn't want to be left out! It was a chilly morning to be out taking photos 25F at 5:00am. Things started off nice & clear but then the mist rolled & the moon slowly disappeared from view!

Chiyoko manhandling our Christmas Tree :^)...

Monday, December 5, 2011

Mt. Defiance.

Sunday December 4th we took advantage of the cold but clear & sunny weather & hiked up the 5000' of Mt. Defiance in the Gorge. Not something the weather allows you to do every December!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

A clear day on Larch Mountain!

Sunday 11/20/11 was forecast to be the only dry Sunny day for a long time & so we made a late decision to do a long hike! We didn't leave Multnomah Falls until 10:15 & began the 7 mile hike up to Larch Mountain. We started seeing snow after 2 miles & by 3.5 miles the trail was completely snow covered. We had hoped to reach the top in 3 hours but the snow slowed our progress & it was 1:45pm by the time we reached Sherrard Point. The views were fantastic though & it was well worth the effort to get there! After lunch & some hot tea in the clear crisp 32F air we packed up & headed for home getting back to Multnomah at 4:30pm before it got dark & more importantly before the coffee shack closed :^)..

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Bow Fell, Esk Fell & Sca Fell Pike

Friday October 29th Tim & I set off to climb Sca Fell Pike via Bow Fell & Esk Pike. We set off from the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel in Langdale at 8:45 and made our way up towards Bowfell by way of the Climbers Traverse & the Great Slab. We then went on to Esk Pike & finally Sca Fell Pike by way of Esk Hause. We came back by way of Angie Tarn, Rosset Gill & Mickledon Beck.


October 26th Tim  I set out to climb Helvellyn in Cumbria, at 3117' it's England's third tallest Peak. We also took in the Striding Edge scramble route. When we left Warton Lancs at 7:30am skies were clear but sadly that wasn't the case on the windswept slopes of Helvellyn!

Ingleton Falls Trail

Tuesday week two we all went & hiked the Ingleton Falls Trail. This has the reputation of being one of the best waterfall trails in England. On the down side it's on provate land & it's not a public footpath with a right of way which means it's one of the very few places in the UK where you have to pay to walk :^(...

Arnside Knot

Monday, November 7, 2011

Harlech Castle & Breakfast!!

After Breakfast at the Ivy House B&B in Dolgellau we headed for Harlech Castle by way of Penmaenpool & Barmouth.


After climbing Cadair Idris we spent some time walking around Dolgellau, it really hadn't changed that much in 40 years, but in a town were many of the building go back to the 1600s perhaps that should not be a surprise!
The old home

The Hermon Bungalow

We moved from Liverpool to the Wilds of Wales in 1965 when I was 3. We first lived here, the Hermon Bungalow. Its a bit bigger now than it was back then, there is a extension on the back & a lovely conservatory on the front. When we lived there all cooking was done on an Aga Stove, Lighting was from calor gas lamps, there was no electricity & the water supply was a spring behind the house.

On top of the Cadair!

Our second weekend in the UK we left Warton in the early morning hours & headed for Wales! Our first goal was to climb Cadair Idris. Thankfully the weather cooperated even though the winds were blowing at about 50mph!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Impromptu Family Reunion!

An impromptu family reunion with Aunts & Uncles in the Lake District, from left to right:
Guy, Chiyoko, Albert, Irene, Colin, Joan, Mum, Brenda & Dad.
The rest of the Holliday snaps are here.


Thursday we headed off to Coniston with Mum & Dad for a look around the town and a hike aroud the foothills of Old Man. We returned by way of the Windermere Ferry.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

The West Coast

Wednesday we made our way down the West Coast of Scotland to Stranraer & the gardens at Castle Kennedy before returning to Warton Lancs.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Stair Inn

The Stair Inn, Stair on the West Coast of Scotland were we spent Tuesday night.

Fried Mars Bars & Haggis!

So we had to sample two local delicacies while in Scotland, Deep Fried Mars Bars & Deep Fried Haggis :^)...

Monday we set off for Edinburgh, it turned into one of Scotland's wettest days for long time with local street flooding! We were not impressed with the 14 Pounds per person entrance fee!!!

Hyning Wood

Sunday we went for a walk around Hyning Wood, Leighton Hall & Yealand Estate.

Warton Crag

We arrived in England on October 15th, it was such a lovely Sunny day that we didn't want to waste it in case it would be our only sunny day and so after a quick bite to eat we headed of to hike the Warton Crag with the family.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Jurassic Park!

Jurassic Park? well not quite but the lost Russ Jolley Trail hidden deep in the Horsetail Creek Drainage of the Columbia River Gorge is like a trip back in time!

 The Steven Shelter.

Kazuko on the Horsetail Creek Bridge..

Friday, October 7, 2011


It required getting up at 4:00am but Pascal let me tag along on his Chanterelle picking mission today, well worth it!!