Thompson’s Valley Post Box Walk, St Helena

THROUGH THE VALLEY OF FIRE AND DONKEY POOP | Darrin Henry Thompson’s Valley Post Box walk has somehow eluded us until now, although, making our first venture down the steep, muddy trail in the rain today is probably not our wisest hiking decision. Just A Walk In The Woods We committed to this excursion early…

Magic In The Mist: The St Helena Cloud Forest

BATTLE FOR THE NATIONAL PARK | Darrin Henry Machete wielding men have been stalking the upper slopes of St Helena’s central peaks for the last 20 years, hacking and digging out the New Zealand flax that has choked the landscape for decades. Replacing the sea of fluttering flax fingers are thousands and thousands of carefully…

Big, Bad Barn: St Helena’s Most Difficult Post Box Walk

HIKING THE LONGWOOD BARN | Darrin Henry After years of trepidation and two failed attempts we finally conquered the big, bad Barn on the third try, completing one of St Helena’s most intimidating hiking trails. It certainly lived up to the hype, but in a different way to expectations. In short, the scary bits and…

British Airways 737-800 First Landing On St Helena

THE FLIGHT FROM THE TOP OF THE BARN | Sharon Henry The last time we clambered onto ‘The Barn‘ the airport runway was only partially laid, this time we’ve scrambled up to watch an actual aeroplane land on that completed piece of gleaming concrete. And not just any aeroplane, a spanking new Boeing 737-800, operated…

Flagstaff Post Box Walk, St Helena

THE EASY-PEASY HIKE ON ST HELENA As hiking on St Helena goes, the Flagstaff post box is hardly expedition grade stuff; mountain boots or sustenance backpacks not necessary for what is essentially a scenic trail that begins on Deadwood Plain. At the same time, this should be on everyone’s list of outdoor activities if they…

By The Way, Look Out For Bears!

Talladega National Forest, Alabama | Sharon Henry I didn’t realise this was bear country. If that fact had been known earlier I’d bet my bottom dollar we wouldn’t have come. Statistically the chance of a bear encounter is 1 in 1.2 million, although that number is still too high for Darrin who has an inexplicable…