I've noticed logging on this morning that this blog has reached a minor landmark - 10,000 page views.
Don't get me wrong, I know compared to thousands and thousands of blogs that 10k is a pretty tiny figure as such things go - even amongst those specialising in outdoor matters!
When I first set out on this journey, the principle aim of this blog was to act as a record for me to look back on in years to come (as I am notoriously hopeless with dates), and to put down on paper all those thoughts on hiking and the outdoors - my main passion in life - as they occured to me.
Also, I wanted to record my trips in a way personal to me - a style pitched (hopefully!) somewhere between route notes/guidebook and article, with an element of story-telling to each one. That way, when I re-read them in years to come, I am reminded of the thoughts, feelings, sensations and experiences of each trip we have done, as well as the routes themselves.
Anyway, regardless of the success or otherwise of the blog, there has been an unexpected and delightful consequence to all this: the discovery of a burgeoning online community that has made me realise just how many like-minded folk there are out there - in the blogosphere and on the hills - and just how many different voices and diverse perspectives there are on this wonderful pastime of ours.
So just a quick note to say a big "Thank You" to everyone who has dropped by and read my ramblings. The same goes if you have left a comment - I do read them all, and they are all greatly appreciated.
As for the future - who knows? Maybe we'll meet again in cyberspace soon or perhaps even on a hill somewhere.
It's been great so far, and I'm really looking forward to the next 10k.