Aug 19, 2013

A Compass Rose: Essentials For a Country Walk

Good morning and welcome to Monday! It's a rainy, crummy day here in Germany. Guess it's appropriate weather for a Monday, huh? D and I had a pretty fantastic weekend filled with lots of wine festing, laughing with friends, and shooting guns (more on that craziness later). And just like that, it's Monday again. You'd think I'd be used to that whole Monday comes after Sunday thing by now, but somehow it never gets easier. As for this week, not much going on now that my beloved wine festival is over (more on that later as well). Not gonna lie, I teared up a bit as we walked home from the festival last night. It was the last night and potentially the last time we'll ever be there...and it was also the first of our "lasts" here in Germany. I can't believe those have already started. Didn't we just get off the plane here? How are we now standing here with only 10 months left abroad? Blows my mind how quickly the last 2 years have flown by. And these last 10 months...they're going to be gone before we know it. So unbelievably bittersweet. How's that for a heavy dose of melancholy for your Monday? Sorry, guys. Thankfully, sweet expat Bonnie from A Compass Rose is here to pull us all out of the Monday gutter. Save us, Bonnie!

And, happy Monday? I guess.

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Hello readers of We Took the Road Less Traveled! It is so great to be guest posting for Casey again. If you missed 'Finding Happiness When Restlessness Strikes', feel free to take a read. Taking trips in Europe is just one of the perks of living the expat life abroad. What is great is you do not even have to travel far for a perfect day out of exploration. My family and I currently live in Bath in the Somerset region of England. One of our favourite weekend activities is taking country walks around the countryside where we live. There are so many great walks in so many areas that we are still taking new paths each time we go out. What is great about England is there are public footpaths, some hundreds of years old, that are the public rights of ways through out the land. I love to blog about our weekend country walks and hikes. In fact if you head over to my blog today I have one posted: A Compass Rose blog

What I wanted to share with you today are: 
The Essentials to Bring on a Country Walk


Navigation.  
While I do carry around this trust compass with me, having a good map is key when going on a country walk in England. My husband has downloaded the app ViewRanger on his smart phone which gives us detailed ordinance maps of the area we are going to be walking through. What I love most about it is how it keeps us from getting lost when our path gets hard to follow. Plus it keeps track of our whereabouts so we can see our entire journey after we get back home. Whether you choose the high tech form or use a paper map, make sure you have a way to keep you on track. 


Shoes.
Having the right footwear is key when you are going to be walking for hours on end. For us our country walks can last anywhere from four to eight hours depending on the day and weather. When it is colder or wetter I opt for my Pink hunter wellies since they are perfect for trekking through mud and puddles. My husband recently got a pair of shoes from Vivobarefoot which is a shoe that has been engineered through biomechanics to give you the barefoot feel for your outside shoes. His also keep his feet waterproof, so they are the next pair of shoes I would like to get for our walks. 


Snacks & Water.
On top of staying well hydrated it is good to bring along a snack for energy. Since living in England my family has found this energy loaf which we like to bring in our pack along with things like bananas, sandwiches, and 80% dark chocolate. Due to the fact that things can always go wrong and you could end up out longer than intended, make sure to have enough provisions to keep you going.


Backpack.
We have used two different backpacks for our country walks. The main one is essentially a cooler meets pack so that any food or liquids we put inside will stay cool for the entirety of our journey. The backpack pictured was one we took on a much longer hike through the mountains in Wales. This one has a battery which was very useful to keep the smart phone charged are ready to go. Since we use the navigational tools on the phone, having a way to keep the phone powered was great for walk.


Music.
While I do not listen to music when I am out with my family, having music on my solo walks is a must. It is a perfect way to keep myself going and my mind on track. Nothing like picking out a personal playlist before hand to put you in the right mood. 


Other.
I also like to bring my polarized sunglasses, a rain jacket, and my hiking snood for both cold and warm weather (pictured above). Honestly not much else is needed because whatever we bring with us we have to carry I have been the culprit of over dressing way to many times and having to carry my extra layers for hours while we hike. Double check the weather before you leave the house and bring just the essentials. The only other thing you need is motivation to get going and the willingness to have fun! 

Thank you for reading my guest post for Casey today. If you would like to know more about where we go on our country walks, check out my blog post today at A Compass Rose blog. I also blog about the Expat Lifestyle, what it means to be a Third Culture Kid and raising my own TCKs, and photographs posts about travel, fashion, and self portrait challenges. Look forward to getting to know you better! Cheers. 

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7 comments:

  1. Thank you for my guest post today. Make sure to check out: Country Walk in Dollegau Wales

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  2. Jon's mother says that any walk MUST finish (and, hopefully, include in the middle) a pub stop! haha :)

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    1. That sounds like a great rule! Yesterday after our long walk we stopped at our favourite pub for cider and food. So I have to def agree with this one. ;)

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  3. You know I don't know how to read a compass, just thought I would say that, those pink gumboots very nice......

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  4. Beautiful photos!! And looks like such an amazing place to explore!

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