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Pacific Crest Trail SOBO Southern 1/2, Part 3

Day Five: 22.8 miles/9hrs August 22/17   Up at 4am to the alarming sound of rain falling. Rain? Rain !!  In a panic I retrieve dirty clothes from various open-air hanging perches, stake out the vestibules that were set wide-open for maximum air flow the previous night, get everything under their protective cover when it promptly stops raining. A friendly warning from the wet-weather gods. I’ll take it. … more


Pacific Crest Trail SOBO Southern 1/2 Part Two

Day 3: 21.4miles, 8.5hrs Devastated Forest Camp – Exhaustion Camp August 20/17   Im so fucking tired. Stoked and tired all at once. Stopped myself well before real exhaustion. This fatigue will pass with some food and sleep. I know myself well enough to stop the effort before I reach the point of no recovery or return. These early days of a walk are the ones that dictate … more


Pacific Crest Trail SOBO Southern 1/2 Part One

Okay so I have to admit this is the hike that should not have been. Major ACL reconstruction surgery back in December left me thinking there’s no way walking long miles with a lightweight yet loaded pack would happen in this calendar year. But after months of rehab and physio exercises and patience I started to walk. Then hike. Then run. Then, finally, carry some weight in the … more


The Hiking Trail and Being a Girl

I’ve noticed a few blog posts about being female on the hiking trails. Walking solo and finding your place among a mostly male environment.  Made me think about the Appalachian Trail hike I finished back in 2015.  Brought me back to one of the very few strange encounters I had. And yes, it involved a man.   What made me me think back to this experience was reading … more



I’ve always needed a creative outlet as much as a physical outlet to express myself. I swear it completes me to write, draw, paint, knit and build. Not saying I’m good or even okay at these things, but they do make me happy, if there is such a thing as happiness.   Expressing myself means creating a scene using paints or markers, knitting a nice hat or scarf … more


Hot Spring Soaking and the People You Meet

Okay so it’s been a chill beginning to Spring that still feels like Winter but what’s the rush anyway? Let the seasons change in their own time. Let’s all relax a bit and not expect immediacy in everything. This world needs to slow down and…soak in some hot springs!   We spent a few days in BC this week hanging out at some natural HOT springs soaking in … more


The Big City

We don’t live in a big city but I find myself in these booming metropolitan centres more often than I do my own home. What’s rare is when I’m walking a big city street with my husband Peter. We’re in Vancouver and found ourselves doing a little city walk to explore a new part of town to us: Kitsilano.   My limited knowledge understands this area to be … more


New year, new ACL: Let’s Talk about a road trip on crutches!! Part 7

The 16,000 kilometre road trip planned long before last minute surgery scheduled did not change my mind about staying or going. No way am I missing the six communities visits leading into Bell Let’s Talk Day.  Only thing that would stop me is a blood clot, which, well, certainly would not bode well for travel. With the green light from my Doc, we hit the road, not running, … more

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