I always think I am not an active person: bed, books and snacks being my trinity of bliss. But I did grow up in the country, and when I get dragged outdoors for Activities, I always end up thoroughly enjoying myself. JK hauled my ass off to Santa Barbara for some trail hiking whilst we were staying at the Ojai Valley Inn and, although I grumbled away, once I was all dressed up in my hiking boots, khaki shorts and Camelback I got into the spirit of the thing.

We walked the Jesusita trail up to Inspiration Point. It’s a 1,834- foot perch below Cathedral Peak Mission Canyon and overlooks Santa Barbara, Goleta, the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands. I loved it so much that I ran back down the trail, in my best mountain goat fashion, literally jumping over rocks and bouncing off the walls of the canyon.

The most legal fun I’ve had in years.

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Hello LLG,

Have been enjoying your posts for quite a few weeks now. You write so well!
Anyway, what walkingshoes are youw wearing there? Finding non-cluncky, non-dikey ones seems a task beyond human capacity, but yours look really nice. Please do enlighten me.

All the best,



*Louche, low wolf-whistle* NICE PAIR OF PINS, LLG! Cxxx


Hey Eliza

They are the Hi-Tec Lady Chinook Sympatex.

They are a classic walking boot, super lightweight, but with a steel shank, carbon rubber sole, fully waterproof, olive nubuck upper & with a Thermastat lining to keep feet warm.

But: here's the thing – I got them in maybe 2000 when I reviewed them for Wanderlust magazine. I think they were £65 then. I just did a Google and I don't think they are available any more.

I looked here: http://www.zappos.com/Hi-Tec

and these are the most similar looking to mine, but with 8 years benefit of technology!

Hope this is helpful! LLGxx


You and the view.

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