Travel theme: Outdoors

The 30th of March is “Take a Walk in the Park Day” – nobody is quite sure how, when or by whom this ‘holiday’ was started, but who cares, what a fabulous idea. I love that it falls on a Monday this year, giving beleaguered workers a really great reason to escape the workplace for a few stolen moments and get out into the great outdoors. To get you in the mood for Monday, here is my homage to great outdoor spaces. The first thing my mind skips to when I think of the outdoors is mountains so I’m starting off with a snowy day and cool cloud formations on Mount Rainier.

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Alongside mountains there have to be trees. lots of them, forests of them in fact. Here is a shot of dawn breaking over lofty evergreens in Salmon La Sac.

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From forests to sandy shores, with warm breezes dancing by and gentle waves lapping at your feet. Dusk beginning to fall over Kailua Bay. Which reminds me, I am so overdue a vacation!

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From Hawaii’s gentle outdoors to California’s ruthless Mojave Desert; the hottest place I have ever been to. Seriously, my flip flops nearly melted.

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Are you ready to get outdoorsy with your own interpretation of this week’s theme? If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Outdoors
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
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Have fun walking in the park this Monday.

xxx Ailsa

Of course I have played outdoor games. I once played dominoes in an open air cafe in Paris. – Oscar Wilde

The lack of power to take joy in outdoor nature is as real a misfortune as the lack of power to take joy in books. – Theodore Roosevelt

About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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127 Responses to Travel theme: Outdoors

  1. aj vosse says:

    The great outdoors!! I think I’ll have to slip out at lunchtime and take a short stroll along the Royal Canal… it’s most definitely the closest to a outdoor park space near work. 😉

    I’m in agreement with you… I need a holiday as well!! 😀 Badly!!

  2. Outdoors is the place to be (here probably our last bright sunny mild weekend until Oct – and mosquitoes aren’t out yet) The clouds over the mts. picture is magical.

    • ailsapm says:

      Ahh those dreaded mozzies, phil. I can’t stand them. There are around 20 different species of mosquito in Ireland but the disease carrying ones were wiped out during the little Ice Age in the late 1600s. Not much consolation to Oliver Cromwell who died of malaria in 1676. He is believed to be the last person to contract the disease from an Irish mosquito when he was in Cork.

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  4. Ah Ailsa, you’ve shown us so many magical outdoor places. And I want to thank you for that *warmest hugs*.
    Let’s head outside:

    • ailsapm says:

      Gorgeous series, Marion, that first one is wonderful – that’s what I call a picnic table with a view! But the one that really captured my imagination is the fourth one, of the towering forest and the flower strewn clearing. It’s so evocative I can feel the air and hear the sounds of the forest from here. Where was that photo taken? xxx

      • One of the highlights of our road trip to the US. That photo was taken in the Sequoia National Park in California, Ailsa. I have wandered (and wondered) there for hours. These trees are ancient, majestic and I wanted to wrap my arms around them. Well, I did, for a bit. The meadow was filled with sunshine and bumble bees. These memories…

  5. Oh how I love the Joshua trees!

  6. vannillarock says:

    that really is a cool cloud- WOW!

    • ailsapm says:

      It almost looks like a UFO or something, hovering like a halo over the mountain – it happens quite often over Rainier, it’s called a lenticular cloud and any time it happens you know to expect rain and lousy weather the next day. 🙂

      • vannillarock says:

        I’m sure it (the special cloud and mt Rainer ) was featured on that amazing weather programme on British TV.

        • ailsapm says:

          I bet it’s been on loads of shows, it’s such a strange sight – sometimes there’s a double halo, and sometimes it looks like an upside down Mr Whippy ice cream.

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  8. Heyjude says:

    I love the outdoors! Here’s a recent walk from me:
    Jude xx

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh those darling little deer, I want to hug each of them one by one, hee hee! I have a fascination with walled kitchen gardens on those great old estates, I’ve always wanted one of my own. I just love the great brick or sometimes stone walls enclosing the space and creating the perfect micro climate to grow crops. I read somewhere the Victorians had it down to a fine art, even down to the direction the land should be sloped towards and the orientation of the rows. The fact they could grow pineapples way back then using just the heat from decomposing compost is staggering. xxx

  9. klara says:

    outdoors! my favorite place to be. I am so lucky to have a great park on my doorstep so my lunch breaks are often there.

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  11. What amazing photographs. They really make me feel as if I’m there 🙂

  12. restlessjo says:

    What a coincidence! A Monday walk! Smirk, smirk! I might not have seen this but Jude linked to me, Ailsa. 🙂 I think Kailua Bay would make a better venue for a walk than Mojave desert, though I love sand between my toes. Happy walking! 🙂

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  14. Mary says:

    Fantastic…all of them!

  15. Such stunning shots. I will post tomorrow.

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  19. Hey,

    I’ve been meaning to join in with your travel theme for ages, and only just got round to it! I love the outdoors so I couldn’t resist! Here’s mine!

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  21. Sabina Ayne says:

    Beautiful photos of outdoors! I can’t wait for spring to arrive properly (about another 3-4 weeks!). Here’s my entry:

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  24. Leya says:

    Beautiful outdoors – the place to recharge your batteries through Mother Nature. My entry is from my home region, because there I spend the most of my time . outdoors!

  25. You capture some fabulous outdoors there, Ailsa. That cloud formation is a stunner!

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  27. Thanks for another great challenge. Here is my response:

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  30. Wow – Some truly wonderful images, Ailsa. Love the tress, and the beach, but the mountain shots are just breathtaking – desert and snow… gorgeous! I’m afraid I went only to my own backyard for my entry…. here it is:

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  32. Max510 says:

    Hi everybody guys…
    Love so much outdoors and this is a sweet theme for me

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  36. cubusregio says:

    Hi Ailsa, here is my entry:
    And now I leave the house (and the computer) and go outdoors.

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  39. Your travel theme grows with each post. So enjoyable to see this after a break. YOur first photos is the winner. The cloud is amazing. Here am I:

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  42. Madhu says:

    Marvelous photos all Ailsa! Especially Mount Rainier! Happy weekend 🙂

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