Travel

Aug
2

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

Apr
20

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

Apr
3

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

Aug
15

Bike Touring Galore: some new galleries!

I’m riding down memory lane and posting some photos from bike tours past. These two are from the deserts of Baja California, Mexico and Arizona. I’ve ridden down in Baja on three different trips, lasting from two weeks to six weeks, all with Peter who is Señor Baja (he’s bike toured down there I think 9x and ridden almost every dirt road, as well as walked the entire … more

Jul
22

THE ACCIDENTAL THRU-HIKER: WALKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, PART SIX

I’ve done a lot of difficult things in my life. Finishing some comes easier than others. One of my coaches made me promise a long time back to always finish what I started. No matter the situation, cross the finish line. Finishing the Appalachian Trail hike is another of these great challenges. I’m happy to report that just over a week ago, the trail was done.   At … more

Feb
23

THE ACCIDENTAL THRU-HIKER: WALKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, Part four

The Appalachian Trail, also referred to as the AT, has a life of it’s own. It also has a language of it’s own. The vernacular is definitely easier than learning french. Less than a week on the trail left me speaking Hiker Talk. NOBO, SOBO, nero, zero, double zero, trail gaiting, yellow, white and blue blazing, slack packing (didn’t do it!), ‘hike your own hike’, purist, trail magic, … more

Feb
16

THE ACCIDENTAL THRU-HIKER: WALKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, Part Three

We met a lot of characters on the trail. Trail names like Rising Sun, ‘Graveyard Shift’, Marathon Man, Blueberry, Mr.Truth, Sagacious, McLovin’, Riki Tiki, Frog Fellow, Rodeo, Tenacious D, Forest Moistener, Slim Jim, Tom Sawyer, Forrest, Mav stuck in my head connected with images of gaunt hikers cold and hungry on the trail. We’d meet on trail, share intel, or simply pass by then read about who we … more

Jan
18

THE ACCIDENTAL THRU-HIKER: WALKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, Part Two

Day two of hiking gave us our first dose of rain. The idea of making camp in the rain temporarily removed my allergies to furry creatures. That second night was my first in an Appalachian Trail shelter. We shared the space with four humans and three dogs. Yes, three dogs.   When I mention a backcountry shelter or show far away pictures of these cute little log lean-to’s, … more

Jan
16

THE ACCIDENTAL THRU HIKER: WALKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, Part One

Like most of our adventures, this one started with the question ‘So what do you want to do this winter?’. I had a rare 6 week window of nothing booked and Peter was itching for adventure.  We live in two glorious locations: a vacation home in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah and the majestic Rocky Mountain town of Canmore, Alberta. It seemed irrational to leave either but we … more

Jul
23

Place of the Spirits: The Torngat Mountains

It feels like yesterday that the helicopter pulled up leaving us behind in the most isolated and remote area I had ever been to.  Tower Mountain hovered to the south and the only sound were the mosquitos.  Ranger Seals, a peculiar type of freshwater seal, popped in and out of Kangaleksurilek Lakes to the north.  A polar bear meandered in the distance, too far away to cause any … more


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