I thought it would be fun to post the three trips I originally posted for my second, very short-lived blog “Peaceful Tourist”. When I was doing real hiking and taking photos for Silent Hiker, I always liked to stop at fun curiosities while on the road. So why not make a whole day of it? After a few hikes I decided it wasn’t right for me – too expensive and not enough physical activity or solitude. Still, I look back and these were fun days where I got to get a little more creative in my planning than usual. I will leave the original writings for the first three entries intact. The write-up for the fourth trip was never completed, so that will be new. Hope someone out there enjoys these.