Sunday, December 30, 2012




Some interesting architecture in Suwon

Suwon

Suwon is a bit south of Seoul.  This city was once surrounded by a fortress, but it has grown so much that the city now surrounds the fortress.  It takes several hours to walk around the entire fortress!



Thursday, December 20, 2012

Han River


Not exactly a hike, but a looong walk along the Han River.  It was a sunny day which was really nice since it was about 30 degrees.  They have work out machines set up in a lot of parks and there was an area along this path as well.  It was like a small outdoor gym.  Many people were using the machines too.  (i.e. Nautilus equipment and elliptical cardio machines)  A very cool idea.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


also from Seoraksan National Park, South Korea

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Biryong Falls, Seoraksan National Park



I recently took a trip to Korea and was very happy to be traveling with other people who enjoy hiking. We spent a few days at Seoraksan National Park.  It was beautiful.  This rather short hike was to Biryong Falls.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Group Hike



Had a blast today hiking with the H.O.T. Group up Pu'u O Hulu!  It was overcast as we started up, but cleared once we got to the ridge.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012

Running along the Trail


I love it when the dogs can be off leash for awhile and just run, play, and be dogs.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Out back


Walk/hike along a trail at the base of our mountain one evening.  Although the moon was not yet full, I still found it appealing.


I was surprised when I noticed these silhouettes at the top of the mountain.  They watched us for quite awhile (and I, them)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Waimano Valley Loop


This hike was with the Hawaiian Humane Society.  Usually it feels that the hikes go at a rather slow pace...dogs sniffing & playing around.  We were moving through this one!  It was rather quick, but I got a nice little workout.  Mackey made some new friends, as always.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Manana Ridge

 Gabby enjoying the view...

 Looking west

A lovely find!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Kuliouou Ridge


Working our way to the summit...last view before the clouds rolled in.  I will be doing this hike again as we were in the clouds at the summit, unable to see the stellar view that I keep hearing about.  Although, I can't complain too much as I did enjoy the cool temp while climbing this ridge.


Wouldn't you know it...the sky cleared as we were heading back down!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Ka'ena Point

It was a beautiful day at the point...came across some lovely catcus blooms...



Was also greeted by a monk seal...


and spotted a baby shearwater in a nest in the ground...


There is always something to see here!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Aiea Loop with HI Humane Society



The monthly Hawaiian Humane Society hike was today.  It was at Aiea Loop Trail this time.  I've done this hike many times, but I love that there's always something different or new.  Today, I came across these really interesting blooms.

Pu'u O Hulu~a different path

Yesterday, I took the day off of work.  We hiked up 'our mountain', Pu'u O Hulu.  Here is the view from the park in the valley.  Instead of going up the ridge line, we took the switchbacks up the side. 


Here is the view from the highest point.


It was a workout getting up there, but well worth it.  And what a great start to the weekend!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Pu'u O Hulu~Successful Second Attempt



My friend & I tried this mountain again.  This time we were successful in completing the entire route.  I have been wanting to climb this mountain for several years & am so glad that I finally did!!  It was a beautiful day with lots of cloud cover which was nice since there is no shade on this hike.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Old Pali Road



Some lovely views along the Old Pali Road this past weekend.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run ~ Pearl Harbor



This past weekend I participated in this Run/Walk.  I have not run a race for years!  I ran many before, but had to stop due to back problems.  Anyway, my friend is on a journey to get in shape and she decided to participate.  I decided to support her and this great cause by walking it.  I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.  It helped that we walked over the Ford Island Bridge and could see the Arizona Memorial, the USS Missouri (Battleship), and the USS Bowfin (Submarine).  A New York City Police Officer walked the race as well.  It was interesting hearing him share some of his memories of that day.  The Marine Corps Band also played...all made for a wonderful experience.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Hiking with Gabby



A few pretty, but very chatty birds caught Gabby's attention

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Pu'u O Hulu~first attempt


Recently attempted to climb this mountain with a neighbor.  We made it about 2/3 of the way.  We did pretty good considering we lost the path pretty early on.  This mountain caught on fire earlier this summer, so there were no markers left.  I hope to try again soon from a different point.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Likeke Falls Trail


Hiking with the Humane Society again...started this hike just before the falls.  What a nice start to a hike!


A few miles in, we came out of the jungle to this wonderful view. 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Wahiawa Hills Loop Trail


View from atop the first hill...looking west toward the Waianae Mountain Range


In the valley there was a stream and swimming pool


Heading out here...I didn't take too many pictures as I was too busy scrambling up and down the 6 miles of hills!