It’s been well over a year since we’ve last been able to travel with you. We miss the joy of sharing the mountain trail with you in places like the Dolomites, Japan, and Norway. But we also miss the opportunity of being in your company. We miss the joy of sharing good food and wine with you after a glorious day on the trail. We miss your companionship and the camaraderie that comes when you share an experience with people who love the same thing you do. We miss exploring and the excitement of having new experiences with you. We miss learning together something we didn’t know before, or simply sharing good times and a laugh. And when we really think about it the joys that come from this human connection are the elements we miss the most. At long last, we can see brighter days ahead and we look forward to connecting with you in person again.
The Premuzic Trail in the Velebit Mountains, Northern Velebit National Park.
Mountain Hiking Holidays on the Premuzic Trail, Velebit Mountains.
CROATIA HIKING TRIP SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 2021
The world is opening, and fully vaccinated travelers from the US may now travel to Croatia with no testing or quarantine requirements. We are so very excited to once again have the opportunity to lead hikers in the mountains. We have scheduled a Croatia hiking trip for September 22-30, 2021. This will be our fourth hiking trip to Croatia, and we will operate with a minimum group size of four. Highlights of the trip include two days of day-hiking along the Premuzic Trail, a fabulously engineered mountain trail built in the 1930s through the high-country of the Velebit Mountains (sometimes called the Dinaric Alps). This trail immerses you in Croatia’s finest mountains and offers views across the cobalt blue water of the Adriatic Sea. Enjoy hikes in the canyons of Paklenica National Park, along the ridges of a Mediterranean island, and through the spray-splashed landcapes of the “waterfall wonderland” of Krka National Park. Nights are spent in small hotels nestled in historic waterfront villages or tucked into mountain towns. End your journey in Dubrovnik, an enchanting walled city on the edge of the Adriatic Sea.
Please email us if you have any questions about this.
Arches National Park video (97 seconds). Click the image above to watch.
HIKING UTAH & COLORADO: THE MAGIC OF RED ROCK
The magnificent red-rock country of southeastern Utah and western Colorado played host to our nine-day personal hiking adventure last month. We indulged in hikes in Arches, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef National Parks, Colorado National Monument, and the wilderness canyons at the edge of Colorado’s Uncompahgre Plateau. Enjoy John’s films of these hikes at our YouTube channel. The films have been set up in the “Red Rock Country” playlist. What magical masterworks nature has created!
Hiking the Uncompahgre Plateau (86 seconds). Click the image above to watch.
Watch America’s Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie (60 minutes). Click the image above.
OK, so this has nothing to do with mountains, but we recently enjoyed several films that skillfully introduced us to the great prairies of the American heartland. Sometimes referred to as the “American Serengeti” (where 30 million bison once roamed), the Great Plains covered most of the U.S. between Texas and North Dakota stretching from the Appalachian Mountains to the Rocky Mountains. Today, only remnants of this great eco-region remain.
Efforts to protect a representative sample of the prairie landscape began in the 1930s mostly focused on the tallgrass prairies of the eastern Great Plains. (Tallgrass prairie once extended over 180 million acres, but only 4% of that remains today.) In 1996, the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in the Flint Hills of Kansas was established. The preserve is managed by the National Park Service as part of the nation’s park system.
We hope you enjoy these two videos about this often overlooked but quintessentially American landscape. Click on the images above and below to view the films.
Watch Discover America’s Heartland, the Great Plains (5 minutes). Click on the image above!
The sea, the woods, the mountains, all suffer in comparison with the prairie… The prairie has a stronger hold upon the senses. Its sublimity arises from its unbounded extent, its barren monotony and desolation, its still, unmoved, calm, stern, almost self-confident grandeur…
–ALBERT PIKE (Journeys in the Prairie, 1831)
SHIKOKU PILGRIMAGE ON EMERGENCE MAGAZINE
Nine of the eighty-eight temples on the Shikoku pilgrimage are featured in a new film created for Emergence Magazine. The writing, cinematography, and photography are amazing. Short films, online “booklets” of history on each temple, and chanting all combine to capture the spirit of the pilgrimage and the pilgrims (henro) who travel to Shikoku from around Japan and the world. Check it out!
The Shikoku Pilgrimage on Emergence Magazine. Click the image to watch.
We hope that you’ll consider joining us on the trail this year or next as we endeavor to get Mountain Hiking Holidays back in operation. We love to hear from you and we always welcome the stories of your recent travels. Send us a note, or call us at 503-788-9017 (please leave a message and we’ll call you back).
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