“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” “You need special shoes for hiking—and a bit of a special soul as well.” “If you think you’ve peaked, find a new mountain. “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”
“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust
So the world is full of amazing people and believe it or not some of those amazing people are actually on social media! Who knew that people who used social media used it for good! For a while know I have been talking to a lovely woman named Sarah who actually doesn’t live too far from me. A couple of months ago we met for the first time over dinner and have since met a couple more times since. She is lovely and someone that I would call a friend. Last weekend we went for a walk/hike (no idea what the difference is) and put the world to rights.
I am never happier then when I am in nature!
Can we take a moment to talk about how beautiful Sarah is and how lovely she is dressed! I look like one of the muppet characters, but I love the look so I am sticking with it. All my workout clothes are brightly coloured so I stick by my hiking/walking look. Not to mention I could have been seen from space so there is no way I could have got lost. Although I am super surprised that Sarah didn’t try and lose me.
Clearly, I am dressed to match the season!
I would love to tell you exactly where we were but I can’t but I can tell you bits. arash was in charge of the route, mainly because we didn’t want to die or get lost until Christmas. I can tell you that we were in the Cheshire Countryside walking part of the sandstone trail. There are several walks in the area and I think our walk crossed over a few of them. I can tell you we walked to the highest point in Cheshire if that helps at all.
“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.” Alice Walker
Also, this little guy looks like a spaceman! Nature is cute!
I can remember that we walked some or all of Bickerton Hill, I promise I will be better on our next walk/hike. If you are interested in the area, here is some information.
Bickerton Hill refers to two low red sandstone hills that form the southern end of the Mid Cheshire Ridge in Cheshire, north-west England. The high point, Raw Head, lies on the northerly hill and has an elevation of 227 metres. Parts of the southerly hill are also known as Larkton Hill.
There is evidence of settlement on the hills dating from the neolithic or Bronze Age. The earthworks of an Iron Age hill fort, Maiden Castle, are located on the summit of the southerly hill; they are a Scheduled Monument. The hills have been quarried and mined for copper since the 17th century, and a grade-II-listed engine house chimney remains as a remnant of the mining industry. Several caves occur in the sandstone, some of which have a history of habitation. The Sandstone Trail, a long-distance footpath, runs along the ridge, and the area is popular with walkers.
We all know I can sniff out an ice cream in a ten-mile radius, maybe even as far as 20 miles.
Found my dream house!
And yummy apples!
Even with all of the things that are so awful, if you walk into your yard and stay there looking at almost anything for five minutes, you will be stunned by how marvellous life is and how incredibly lucky we are to have it. Alice Walker
I can tell you these pictures of us were taken at Rawhead hill, I remembered that because it sounds like a horror film!
In case you are interested here is some actual information about the area.
A total of 13.51 hectares (33.4 acres) of the northerly Bickerton Hill has been designated a geological SSSI for its exposed sandstones, which provide important insight into the conditions present during the Triassic period. The SSSI is centred on, and encompasses the hill’s western escarpment, stretching from immediately west of Droppingstone Well, through Raw Head and Musket’s Hole, and into Tower Wood. The land is owned by the Bolesworth Estate and is managed for pheasant shooting, with conifer plantation and mixed woodland.
Wilmslow, Bulkeley Hill and Helsby Sandstone formations of the Sherwood Sandstone Group are present within the site, dating from the Early Triassic period around 250 million years ago. The fine-grained red sandstones which predominate in the lower rock levels represent sedimentation from sandy braided rivers, while the conglomerate beds of Delamere Pebbly Sandstone (a type of Helsby Sandstone formation) which occur in the upper levels represent the deposition of larger particles from coarse-grained braided rivers.
I walked slowly to enjoy this freedom, and when I came out of the mountains, I saw the sky over the prairie, and I thought that if heaven was real, I hoped it was a place I never had to go, for this earth was greater than any paradise. Daniel J. Rice
I don’t think we could have picked a prettier day to go hiking! The air was super crisp and the sky so blue. I am hoping the weather stays this nice for a little longer so I can do a little more hiking before the real winter sets in and I am forced to stay inside until spring.
So I googled the difference between a walk and a hike, and apparently, we were hiking!
Hiking and walking differ from the path the person takes. Hiking obviously involves walking. However, when you hike, it means you are walking from a lower elevation to a higher elevation. On the other hand, when you walk, it means that you are only trekking a relatively smooth and flat path without too many hurdles. In other words, hiking entails a lot more effort than walking since the path in hiking trails is more difficult. When hiking, your body also expends more energy in order to move in rough and hilly paths. It is only called walking when the path you are taking is only rough not necessarily hilly.”