What’s a Waalweg?

As you probably know, I like a nice steep mountain. I don’t hike with ropes, hooks and harnesses, but if it got any steeper I’d need them. That said, there are occasions when a gently sloping path is called for: the day after a hike when I pulled a muscle, the day after a hike […]

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Hiking In South Tyrol — Day 6

(Important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) _________________________________________ It’s day six. We have the same goal as yesterday. Well, it’s sort of the same goal. Today there will be a party at the top of the mountain. Today we have a GOAL. We take […]

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Hiking in South Tyrol — Day 5

(Very important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) ____________________________________________ The temperature is climbing. Already at 10:00 a.m. it’s approaching 90 degrees. We pack extra water and head for a trail we’ve done before. It’s only a short drive from our apartment. Today, I’ve brought […]

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Hiking in South Tyrol — Day 4

On a rarely used trail near Meran 2000(Very important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually works.) ________________________________ We can see Meran 2000 from our balcony. It’s one of the many peaks towering over the basin we’re in. When I come from my swim–the calves and knees have […]

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Hiking in South Tyrol — Day 3

The Maiser Waalweg near MeranoI’ve forgotten to tell you about our holiday apartment. Zea Apartments in Merano is a great, friendly place with a nice pool and plenty of places to rest in its beautiful garden (which we never had time to use, but hey). I did, however, go swimming every morning for my shoulder. […]

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Hiking in South Tyrol — Day 2

One of the many rock piles made by hikers. (Very important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) ___________________________ Hiking up mountains is very healthy. It’s actually one of the healthiest pastimes one can have besides sipping wine. Hiking down mountains is just stupid. It’s […]

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Hiking in South Tyrol — Day 1

Meran/Merano, South Tyrol (Italy)(Very important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) We head to the Dolomites and the surrounding mountains near Meran(o) at least once a year. I am a crazy hiker. I love trudging up a mountain–is it really “trudging” when you love […]

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A Year in Signs 2011

I heart signs. I love the concept of a piece of metal hanging around somewhere for the sole purpose of telling me where to go, how to get there, why I should go there or why I shouldn’t. Taking pictures of signs is a significant obsession of mine. Some signs are humorous, some are art, […]

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Bunt! Color! Free Photo Friday…on Saturday!

Today at I Must Be Off! I’m feeling colorful, so I want to celebrate it and share it with you. Wherever I travel around this wonderful world, I’m amazed by color. What a gift. I’m serious about that–no sarcasm or humor there. These photographs remind me that the world needs variety to exist (that’s a […]

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Spring, Sun, South Tyrol

Heading to South Tyrol at the beginning of April is risky. It could have been cool and wet, but it wasn’t. The weekend was warm and sunny—perfect for hiking. So why did I catch a cold? No telling. But it was worth it.We stayed in the Falkensteiner Hotel Lido outside Bruneck in a little town […]

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