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Delhi, India

Delhi, India

When the invitation arrived it was not unexpected. We had, in fact, been anticipating it for years. “I’ve heard Indian weddings are amazing,” I mentioned to Gunjan one wet day in the flooded Amazon jungle lodge, where we first met.  “When I get married I will definitely invite you.” And here we are. We arrived […]

Victoria Discovered

Victoria Discovered

City lights and ocean walks, craft beer, fine dining and endless dog parks, winter clothing as a fashion statement – Victoria discovered. Ray and I became snowbirds of the Canadian variety this past winter. We decided to start trying on Vancouver Island, more as a second home, then some time in the future our only […]

Our Victoria Condo

Our Victoria Condo

The woman walking across the street at 7 AM this Sunday morning leaves the sidewalk and walks on the road. I wonder why? I stand up for a closer look. There is a man sitting in front of Ming’s Variety Store, brown paper bag in hand, enjoying a smoke. Somehow this man has found himself […]

Van Life

Van Life

Be careful what you wish for. If you’re life seems a little boring and you’re yearning for adventure, follow me but be prepared. It’s not always fun and games. We were still east of Regina when Westie broke down for the first time. The problem was overheating, but the cause was not completely obvious. I […]

An Unfamiliar Place

An Unfamiliar Place

An Unfamiliar Place is a story I wrote for a contest several years ago. I am republishing it here for my Creative Writing class and requesting feedback from my Professor. Some of my readers may already have read a version of this story. An Unfamiliar Place Day 23: The guidebook advertises three alburgues in this […]

Portraits of the North – Meeting Gerald Kuehl

Portraits of the North – Meeting Gerald Kuehl

The portrait of Betsy Anderson that I stared at while waiting for Gerald to take the floor is mesmerizing. Her toothless smile, deeply lined skin and worn kerchief tell a story I know I want to hear, and Gerald Kuehl tells it. Betsy is 101 years old in this photo, and will go on to […]

Writer’s Block!

Writer’s Block!

Or maybe I should call it pure intimidation. I’ve started school this week – a creative writing course at the University of Winnipeg. It’s a second year English class, and please don’t tell my prof but this is my first ever post-secondary English course ever. Hopefully he’s too busy to read student blogs. My classmates […]

That’s a wrap – TCT Celebration

That’s a wrap – TCT Celebration

Thirteen hikers caught the bus from Pinawa Dam at 7:30 AM for the Pinawa through-hike, heading to our starting point Seven Sisters Falls Hydro Generating Station. Already the volunteers had started arriving. When Rosie pulled in with the school bus, I knew it was all going to go just fine. Weeks of planning and the […]

Details of our TCT Celebration

Details of our TCT Celebration

On August 26th the Pinawa and Lac du Bonnet Trail Organizations will be celebrating the Canada 150 Trans Canada Trail 25th anniversary and connection of the trail by flooding our trails with people all day long. We’ve worked out the details. All you need to do is decide which event(s) you plan to attend, and […]

Celebrations on the Great Trail

Celebrations on the Great Trail

The Trans Canada Trail with support from Canadian Heritage has a goal to connect The Great Trail and the country for a grand celebration on August 26, 2017. Communities across Canada will be celebrating the full connection of The Great Trail and Canada’s 150th on the same date. The Pinawa and Lac du Bonnet Trails […]

Winter in Victoria

Imagine, Manitoba if winter lasted a week (or two, we aren’t done yet), gave you plenty of beautiful fluffy white snow to play in and never dipped below zero degrees celsius during the day. Imagine, Manitoba if they canceled all work, school and shhh… don’t tell anyone but even military protection so everyone could just […]