In With the New!

Off Track

Things have been a little quiet around here of late. In terms of priority work has taken a close second place after family. There’s been a lot of writing going on but none of it about the outdoors. The New Year may bring some changes in that respect. Lets wait and see.

On reflection it's been a good outdoor year. Trips were thin on the ground as usual but what came my way was top notch. I got my share of snow in a wonderfully wintery Oyer and summer saw me back in Norway, my beloved North country, enjoying good company and the great outdoors on Seiland. I went some way to rediscovering that there's fun to be had closer to home to (I'd advise anybody living here to take to the water!). Just lately their have been walks in the frosty dunes and sledging!

December brought dire conditions on the roads, transportation chaos, the worst winter weather since, erm, last winter. The conditions have again uncovered gaping holes in our readiness for, erm, winter in wintertime. The winter has started well!

Although we're seeing the year out in the Netherlands this year and consequently didn't get a run out in the peaks somebody, somewhere still managed to put the magic back into Christmas: presents were opened and turkey was gobbled with ba ba ba bing doing his thing to a backdrop of real, and no mistake, freshly falling snow. Magic!

So now out with the old and in with the new. I wonder what the year has in store? For me there's at least one trip coming into view. Somewhere in the background, a low-pitched hum against the razamataz horns and drums of the festivities, a plan has been taking shape. Early March will see me in the Huldreheimen! Watch this space.

Wishing all who come to this place and make the effort to read my scribblings, especially those who make the effort to leave comments and most especially those who repay my effort in kind and inspire me to keep going, much happiness down the trail in 2011!


  1. We'll be waiting to hear about it all, never fear. Thanks for writing Dave. Keep it up.

  2. Happy trails also to you and your family! I hope we manage to see in 2011, maybe in NL, maybe in Finland?!

  3. I look forward to some more poignant and dramatic compositions from you in 2011 Mr. H and perhaps I shall find my way to Norway in the coming coming 12 months...

  4. Cherish the time with your family, the outdoors can wait.

  5. Happy new year Dave! Enjoy this festive break with your family then get on with the trip planning! Your trip report of your Oyer epic was a blogging highlight for me last year.

  6. Your writing and sharing the great locations you visit Dave keeps me checking for updates here. Happy new year to you and your family.

  7. Alan, Thanks. You're welcome!

    Hendrik, who knows. Perhaps the next NLP get togther?

    Maz, Go to Norway then come back and write about it!

    Roger, Good advice and advice I'll take!

    Joe, there's so much good reading out there it's nice to know I delivered a highlight. Hopefuly teh Huldraheimen will deliver something just as good.

    Martin, Thanks. Glad to see you keep coming back. You're always welcome!



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