Being an XplorHer

Just What Have I Gotten Myself Into - The Beaten Path

Just What Have I Gotten Myself Into - The Beaten Path
The first three miles of our hike leaving from East Rosebud Trail head will take us through burned forest and young lodge pole pines.  The area was...

Looking Back on Walking the Edge of an Empire

Looking Back on Walking the Edge of an Empire
As we had walked into the village of Bowness-on-Solway late yesterday afternoon we walked by this wall full of past hikers boots filled with flower...

Final Destination Bowness-On-Solway

Final Destination Bowness-On-Solway
Saying good bye to our hosts, we were on the last day of our trek as the next stop would be our finish, Bowness-on-Solway on the Irish Sea.  Gettin...

Navigating the Detours to Carlisle

Navigating the Detours to Carlisle
We were fortunate in that one of the workers at the the Scotch Arms Mews heard we were walking back to Newtown and offered to take us back to where...

Brampton Off the Wall

Brampton Off the Wall
A good nights sleep and a lovely breakfast with our lunches packed in our packs, we headed out to a splendid morning.  According to our map and dir...

Gilsland in the Mist and Rain

Gilsland in the Mist and Rain
We awoke to the sound of rain on the window.  We had been told that the next two days would be our most difficult and to think we would do them in ...

Next Stop, Vallum Lodge at Twice Brewed

Next Stop, Vallum Lodge at Twice Brewed
The morning greeted us with sun and clouds so we made sure we had our lunches and that our rain gear was handy.  Mrs. Locke's husband loaded us bac...

On to Chollerford

On to Chollerford
A lovely breakfast and a photo of Charlotte and I started day two as we were told that we should enjoy the next few days as we were in the flats.  ...

Newcastle Wallsend, Where Our Journey Begins

Newcastle Wallsend, Where Our Journey Begins
It was a bit of a long train ride north, uneventful as we watched the towns become fewer and fewer until we arrived in Newcastle, a large sprawling...

Preparing to Walk the "Edge of an Empire" - Hadrian's Wall

Preparing to Walk the "Edge of an Empire" - Hadrian's Wall
Having completed the Camino de Santiago, where would our next adventure take Charlotte and me?  Being of Scottish heritage I thought it might be gr...

Day Seven - The Compostela

Day Seven - The Compostela
We woke to a grey morning but no rain so far.  Heading out after breakfast we were in search of the office that provided our Compostela.  The Compo...

Day Six - The Blessing of the Pilgrim's Mass

Day Six - The Blessing of the Pilgrim's Mass
We woke to the sound of rain hitting the window in our room.  Our luck for sunny weather had run out so it seemed.  In a way I was glad as I wanted...