LEJOG Virtual Challenge: Mile Marker 285.7. Salisbury, Near Stonehenge

Received a postcard this time around that shows an idyllic beach scene in Bournemouth. From the reports coming out of England last weekend, the reality looked a liitle more like this! I'm sorry but that is my worst nightmare even in pre-pandemic days. I know you pasty white English are dying for sun when you … Continue reading LEJOG Virtual Challenge: Mile Marker 285.7. Salisbury, Near Stonehenge

I begin birding in earnest: Morraine Hills State Park, Volo Bog State Natural Area, Orland Grasslands, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, and Chicago Parks

We were called back to work on May 20th but I had previously scheduled vacation time so decided to keep it so I could visit more parks and practice with the Nikon P900 camera I had rented. It was recommended to me by my birding mentor, Scott Judd, because it has a wicked zoom. Nothing … Continue reading I begin birding in earnest: Morraine Hills State Park, Volo Bog State Natural Area, Orland Grasslands, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, and Chicago Parks

LEJOG Virtual Challenge: Mileage Marker 185.7 Somewhere in Dorset

It has been quite the week or so since I last posted as cities across the United States, including Chicago, protested the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. The area where I live was in the heart of the first night of protests and the ensuing riots. I could spend all day … Continue reading LEJOG Virtual Challenge: Mileage Marker 185.7 Somewhere in Dorset

LEJOG Virtual Challenge: Mileage Marker 111.9 and Dartmoor National Park

Hello dear readers! I have been sitting virtually at this spot for some time now it seems. So where are we exactly? Ah, South Brent, located on the outskirts of Dartmoor National Park. While planning for my real trip, I very much wanted to make it to Dartmoor as it fit in with the literary … Continue reading LEJOG Virtual Challenge: Mileage Marker 111.9 and Dartmoor National Park

LEJOG Virtual Challenge: Mileage Marker 95.3 (Part 2)

Fowey to Polperro We'd continue on by taking the ferry to Polruan and picking up once again the South West Coast path. Our walk today takes us to the quaint Cornish fishing village of Polperro, notorious for, what else, smuggling in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Polperro Heritage Museum sounds like a good place … Continue reading LEJOG Virtual Challenge: Mileage Marker 95.3 (Part 2)