Monday, June 17, 2013

Croatia Photos: Hiking the Island of Mljet



Ryder-Walker trip leaders Daniel Sundqvist and Ken Fuhrer are having the time of their lives on our new Croatia hiking tour. Daniel shot the first photo (above) while hiking with our group on the island of Mljet. In the second photo, Ken, 'Kenny', takes the captain's chair on one of the many ferry boats that ply the waters between Croatia's enchanted isles. 

Next stop: Dubrovnik—an ancient walled city and UNESCO World Heritage Site that is quite possibly the most beautiful coastal city in all of Europe.   



Images: by Daniel Sundqvist

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Norway: All the pieces come together.




Our new Norway hiking tour finished on Tuesday and the trip was a complete success! Our guests loved it, our trip leaders loved it, and there is no doubt that our tour will be "wait list-only" next year. This trip rocks!
  
Don’t just take our word for it though; see what one of our guests had to say about the tour. And while you’re at it, stop by our facebook page for a look at our Norway 2013 photo album. We’ll continue to add photos as they come in. Enjoy!

Today was magnificent! All the pieces came together of the mountains in Lofoten. We experienced the essence of mountains by the shore. It was the mist of the fog; the sheep; the green, green grass; the smell of the ocean; the sound of silence with the oceans waves; the smell of the wet rock and the red kelp from the water; the Norwegian, Tommy, offering us waffles and coffee in his surfing B&B in the village that was the twin to Ophir, CO; the British hikers laughing while they discussed literature; our group laughing at most anything; Staffan assuring us that we would be ok on the wet rock covered in slippery sheep sh!#; Lina's effervescent spirit; the remnants of the German listening posts; the Filipino women serving coffee at the German historic structure and the drive into Henningsvaer—Magnificence that will definitely add to our spirits until we can be in mountains again. Thanks to you and Staffan.

P.S. The queen disembarked through her yacht through our hotel in our presence. Excitement for sure!

—Jan

Photo: by Staffan Bjorklund

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Guest Blog: Another country, another great hike.



Just sitting in our room after another beautiful hike though the hills surrounding Bled, Slovenia and up pops a rainbow. This is how we ended the trip last year in the Engadine. Where will the rainbow take us next?

Greg Light