|International Marking for Trails|
My husband and I love to hike. A trip is considered particularly good if it includes one walk through the countryside. Hiking is hardly limited to the United States and easily available for those who care to try sites abroad.
|View of Marlborough Sound on Queen Charlotte Track|
|Walking sticks for sale on trail|
|Weka bird on Queen Charlotte Trail|
|Furneaux Lodge on Queen Charlotte Trail|
|Walking on plateau|
|View of Kas from Lycian Trail in Turkey|
|Cinque Terre Town|
|Vineyards up close on Cinque Terre Trail|
Few American accents are heard on these trails. Germans are the most adventuresome travelers and love to hike. “Michael” joined us on the Abel Tasman walk in New Zealand. He was born in East Germany and had taken a year off to travel and learn English. He loved Motown and couldn’t believe we had grown up with that music. At Italy’s Cinque Terre, we heard mostly German from fit baby boomers. On Turkey’s Lycian trail, no Turks were in sight. Only a couple from England shared the path whose entire vacation was dedicated to walking the trail and staying in towns along the way.
|Beach at Monterrosa on Cinque Terre Trail|
Hiking in foreign countries requires time. You may miss other more popular tourist sites. Finding trail heads can be a challenge. Hiking shoes are cumbersome to pack. But only on trails do I feel really connected to the country - its air, fauna, birds, animals, weather, and views. So, we’ll keep hiking - as long as our knees hold up.