As we mentioned last week, we are debuting some new Friday features here at Red House West. We’ll still have a Good Score post one Friday per month; please send in your thrifted treasures so that we and our readers can oooh and aaah over them!
So, onto our new feature, Faraway Friday: Katie and I are both itinerant daydreamers. When we’re not consulting each other about Craigslist yay or nays, we’re fantasizing together about a trip we want to take to [insert exotic location], so we thought we would periodically share a few of our far flung fantasy destinations with you here on the blog.
Maybe because it’s finally summer here in Alaska, I’m fantasizing about a big hiking trip. I’ve always been curious about the Kungsleden trail in Northern Sweden.
The “King of Trails” is 270 miles long, but you can do shorter sections of it (let me take this moment to say that 270 miles is a loooong way to me, but Katie has done the entire Pacific Crest Trail so for her it would be a quick jaunt!).
Right about now you might be saying to yourself, Geez Mera, this looks a lot like Alaska, and you’d be right. Apparently I’m a one-trick pony when it comes to landscapes I love.
Hiking another long-distance trail is something I often dream about, but there isn’t one that has caught my imagination like the PCT. That is, until I saw THIS. I can’t believe I only just learned about the International Appalachian Trail! It extends from the AT’s northern terminus in Maine up into the rocky wilds of New Brunswick and Quebec.
The only time I’ve been to this part of the continent was when Mera and I were in college in Massachusetts. Over spring break, we got in her car (christened ‘Chewy’ for the Wookie noises it made when you turned the wheel sharply), put bare feet up on the dash and listened to a mix her sister had made that included – incongruently yet perfectly – both Nina Simone and Cibo Matto. The long drive took much of our school break, but I also remember a walk-turned-bushwhack through the heather, lashing rain, multiple ferry rides and being the sole patrons of a youth hostel on the ocean’s edge. Brief though the visit was, it’s a place that caught my imagination–a place I vow to someday explore. Taking months to hike through it would be a dream come true.
Where are you dreaming of going? Please tell us in the comments! Have a terrific weekend and come back on Monday for a post about Mera’s adult lounge!