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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

[caption id="attachment_5709" align="alignnone" width="800"] Things To Do With Kids On St Helena - On a visit to High Knoll Fort in 2007 with April and Nicole.[/caption] A GREAT FAMILY HOLIDAY DESTINATION | Sharon Henry On the face of it St Helena might

[caption id="attachment_5601" align="alignnone" width="800"] The brooding landmark of Sugar Loaf, viewed from Ladder Hill. The outline of the Banks Battery fortifications can just be seen on the cliffs below to the left.Sugar Loaf Post Box walk, St Helena.[/caption] WALKING THE CLIFFTOP

BATTLE FOR THE NATIONAL PARK | Darrin Henry Machete wielding men have been stalking the cloud forest 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

[caption id="attachment_4770" align="alignnone" width="800"] On an early morning hike to Blue Point, the sun turns the Sandy Bay landscape into a silhouette. The square cornered cliff top in the distance is Sandy Bay Barn, another post box walk. The knobbly

[caption id="attachment_4421" align="alignnone" width="800"] Sharon, sitting on top of the Barn, looking down over the seaward side. This was the day we reached the summit for the first time so we took our time to enjoy the fabulous views of

[caption id="attachment_3735" align="alignnone" width="800"] The Comair operated, British Airways Boeing 737-800 flying in for a first low-level pass over the new St Helena Airport, below the ruin of Prosperous Bay House and King & Queen Rock.[/caption] THE FLIGHT FROM THE TOP

[caption id="attachment_3498" align="alignnone" width="800"] A large forest of gumwood trees once grew here, known as the Great Wood. It was cut down, presumably for firewood, leaving just tree stumps behind, which led to the name, Deadwood Plain. The fenced off

[caption id="attachment_1872" align="alignnone" width="800"] Pausing for a picture on the wooden walkway bridge, in Talladega Forest, Alabama.[/caption] 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

[caption id="attachment_697" align="alignnone" width="800"] Assembling at the start point.[/caption] MOUNTAIN MEANDERERS | Sharon Henry A somewhat misplaced reputation as 'intrepid' walkers led to an invitation from the 'Mountain Meanderers' of Cape Town, South Africa, to join one of their weekly Friday hikes;