Me(me) In the Great Outdoors

It has been a few weeks since I took part in Danielle’s Saturday Me(me) from There’s a Book, but this weekend’s question was too irresistible for an outdoor freak like me.

This Week’s Question: What outdoor activities do you like to do?

One of the reasons I live on the Mediterranean and near the Southern Alps is because, for example, in winter I can be skiing on a Saturday and sea kayaking in a t-shirt on a Sunday. 

I like to live outside and I love being active and taking the time to discover more of the natural world around me, so some of my favourite activities are: hiking, sailing, kayaking in summer and snowshoeing/crosscountry and downhill skiing in winter.

Lapland 2006

 

Some of the fun outdoor activities I have tried since living here are: canyoning

 

and via ferrata (this was my first about 7 years ago and yes, I was s*** scared).

Via Ferrata de Peille 1er Janvier 2003

So tell me, what do you enjoy doing outdoors?

 

 

 

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14 Responses to Me(me) In the Great Outdoors

  1. joke says:

    Well being dutch I bike of course, but I actually like it, swimming, hiking, sailing but it has been a while.

    • Joanna says:

      Hi Joke, thanks for dropping by. I so loved biking from Heerde through the woods to Heidebeek when I lived there. Where do you sail?

  2. What great shots! It looks like so much fun, even for someone like me who is totally klutzy.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

    • Joanna says:

      Thanks, Laurel. Probably half the fun is doing it with a cool bunch of friends. I will try most things once except stuff like bungy jumping, as I really am too scared of heights for that!

  3. Patricia Tilton says:

    Oh my, your climbing photo made my stomach flip flop. But, they are great photos. Should skip this one. I to love to walk and can do that. I love being by the sea and walking. But, my many years of figure skating, skiing and swimming are over. I preferred sports that were more artistic.

    • Joanna says:

      You know, walking remains a continua favorite of mine, too, Pat. Have never tried figure skating though did a little ice skating along the canals when I lived in the Netherlands – great fun.

  4. Diane says:

    Oh I love this. What fantastic photos, and yes like Pat I will pass on the climbing, sorry but you will not get me into a climbing expedition. I think you will fit right in down here Joanna as we have skiing both snow and water, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, white and black water rapids, cave climbing etc.
    I usually settle for walking, hiking, sailing, snow skiing (though not very good), swiming, picnics at the beach and gardening, oh and bike riding when in the mood.

    • Joanna says:

      I think I would adore New Zealand, Diane, with all it has to offer. White water rafting is a bunch of fun! I think I need to add that I am no expert at any of these activities, just enjoy getting out there and trying new things. Swimming, picnics on the beach and gardening – all wonderful outdoor activities.

  5. Jumping into that water does look like fun! I’d love to live in that part of Europe, it’s so close to so many amazing things!

    • Joanna says:

      Hi crystal, yes canyoning is great fun but a wee bit dangerous! I am indeed incredibly blessed in where I live 🙂

  6. How incredible! You have got to be one of the bravest people I’ve ever seen. I absolutely love the snow and my hubby is a huge snowboarder so I’m hoping we’ll get to be near the mountains again soon. It’s really quite a lot of fun!

    Love all of your pictures! They all look like so much fun!

    • Joanna says:

      Hi Danielle, and thank you. I think I am just lucky to have so many opprtunities here to try new things. Sure hope you get some opportunities to head to the snow next winter.

  7. I LOVELOVELOVE the photos! Gosh, I wish I was as outdoorsy as you are.

    For myself, I enjoy running (which I haven’t done for a loong while, too many conferences in the past few months). I love mountain climbing too if the opportunity presents itself (climbed Grouse Mountain while I was in Vancouver). Does yoga or pilates count? Hahaha. Because I enjoy that as well. And yup, badminton. Other than that, I’m just your regular geek.

    • Joanna says:

      THANKS, Myra 🙂 I also love running, and have enjoyed some marathons and trail races. I googled Grouse Mountain and it looks wonderful, especially as it includes a wilderness for endangered wildlife. I would be in heaven.

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