“Le Forêt de Soignes” or “Het Zoniënwoud” would not be my first place to run to when in need of some fresh air and a nature injection. It’s located in the most dense and traffic struck area of Belgium near and around the capital. But when in short of time and in need of space it was more than I expected. There are hundreds of small trails there that meander through the forest. When you are lucky you don’t see a living soul. But most of the time the forest is kind of crowded since it’s the escape room for the entire capital. That being said, on a sunny fall afternoon with all of fall’s colours in full effect and the sun on a low azimuth it’s just gorgeous. So setting aside me prejudices and letting myself be guided by a friend it was a great experience: 8 kilometres of going up and down between meandering trails and majestic colourful trees.Continue reading “Forêt de Soignes”
While in the midst of summer I’m already looking forward to spending the winter in Sweden again. I cannot hide my love for the Northern European countries, I love the freedom in summer, the overwhelming solitude of nature there. The feeling of becoming bewildered again after a month or more of outdoor life. But I’ve come to love winters too. The short days with massive blue skies and and the low sunlight give it a constant magical feeling. The cosy heat of the cabin with a warm fire, the fresh air when out and about, …
Adventuring in winterland is so beautiful.
“Toi et Moi” – Just the two of us.
Yesterday, we dropped our second girl at some kind of Circus/adventure camp so we were very keen to head out to the Ardennes for a little hike today. I had this 17km hike ready to play in my card deck for quite a while and today seemed like the perfect time to do it. Excellent weather, sunny with a touch of clouds and a refreshing wind every once and while.
This one goes straight into my top 5 of most favourite hikes. Located in the Province of “Namen” this hike is a little gem.
This 18km track is very diversified from wide landscapes to thick forest, to narrow dense bushes ending in a passage straight trough the corn field.
It supposed to be our first big hike towards the end of the corona period.
But I guess my map reading skills where still in hibernation, I lost track of my route.. oh well! We just wandered around until we found where we were and headed back tot the starting point.
Nevertheless this is an awesome region, with a lot of scenic views and small walking trails! Coming back soon when my orientations skills are back on point 😉
(The 2 hours sleep last night might be the reason for that)
I wrote a little bit about my favourite backpack and what I put in it for our Hikes.
There are millions of articles written about this subject, you can fill whole libraries on this. There are also tons of variables that have impact on what’s in your pack. What’s very important is the kind of hike you are going, the weather you’re facing and the terrain. read more >>
We were in for some wandering in the woods!
If you can roam for hours in a forest without encountering a single house or person, then that is only a blessing. (And well mapped out!) Occasionally the path had to be adjusted and navigated directly on compass to the next point on the map.
That has resulted in some adventurous descents and climbing.