I could not survive living in Bangkok without Rama 9 Park just a 5K bike ride away from where I live. Currently I am training for the Khao Yai North Face Trail Run coming up in February, and I can get nice long runs in at this park. It has many paths (paved, no dirt trails), and right now it is Cool Season here, so day temps are 23 to 29 and breezy - way better than running in the heat and humidity. This park is one of the largest green spaces in the city, and it is right next to a reservoir with a 4k bike track loop, which I also often take advantage of as well. Amen to Saturday and Sunday mornings outside!!
This photo could almost make it into the ski journals.
Hiking in November at Owl's Head Ski Hill in Mansonville, QC.
We packed our orange blazes before we set out for our day trip to the Eastern Townships. This time of year you need to plan hikes mindful of hunting season, and make sure that in multi-use woods (where it's safe to hike) you are well identified in orange.
We didn't need our orange blazes for hiking at Owl's Head but when we got to the top we realized snowshoes, or at least crazy carpets to get us down the snowy slopes would have been beneficial.
We attempted to hike a circuit, which would have taken us down ski slopes instead of the woods trail we hiked up. But the snow was too deep and we weren't well equipped in running shoes, so we cut across the mountain back to the trail we hiked up, essentially hiking an out and back.
In between Chiang Mai and Pai (a 3 hour drive) is a 60 meter waterfall we wanted to check out. The hike in was nice - here's a pic from along the way. I am so used to California rivers, with their very clear water and granite surroundings, but most rivers I've seen since moving to Thailand are always muddy, especially during rainy season (which is ending soon here). But the water was surprisingly cool. Waterfall pics to come soon.
Santichon Chinese Village was one of our stops on our motorcycle ride up into the hills. It was a perfect day as it had rained a bunch overnight, then dried up and made for misty hills and really clear air with blue skies all day. This spot was a hilltop Chinese restaurant with delicious food and incredible views of the hills above and the valley below. The photo shows a Buddhist spirit house and sunflower fields.