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Palm Springs

Palm Springs

Palm Springs, sounds too hoity toidy for my liking. I wasn’t expecting to love this stop, but three nights later and we’re still here. This is the playground of the rich and famous, or at least it was and I can see why. This is a gorgeous little town. There’s a fabulous strip full of […]

Arizona

Arizona

Arizona was a wash-out – literally. Our reason for this road trip was to settle into Apache Junction for a week of R&R with some friends who are here for a few weeks, but that was not meant to be. Several times from Utah I emailed our reservation in Apache Junction to delay our arrival. […]

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

We have discovered a hikers dream. We and over 4 and a half million others that visit this park every year. Even in mid-November the place is alive with hikers. All these people are being shuttled around the park in free buses. Before the shuttle bus system was established, an estimated 5000 cars drove into […]

Bryce Canyon, Utah

Bryce Canyon, Utah

10 million years ago two plateaus collided, not violently but enough to cause cracks and joints on the surface of the earth. Over the millennia, water erosion has done the rest. The result is this magnificent Bryce Canyon, filled with fantastical rock spires known as hoodoos. Windows and fins, such as the ones we saw […]

Hiking Moab, Utah

Hiking Moab, Utah

I don’t know for sure, but I’m guessing Moab is the coolest town in Utah. Only an hour from the Colorado border, the Moab vibe is all about adventure. Everyone here wears hiking boots and bubble jackets, every vehicle is towing something. Thank goodness we have a bike hanging off the back of the Chevy. […]

Third Annual Pinawa Great Trail Hike

Third Annual Pinawa Great Trail Hike

Under a crystal clear blue sky, with a kaleidoscope of fall colours as a backdrop 42 intrepid hikers showed up to walk the entire length of Pinawa’s Great Trail, 44 if we include Jasper and Tucker. In the run up to this event, hosted by myself on behalf of the Pinawa Friends of the Trans […]

Sombrio Beach

Sombrio Beach

Sombrio Beach was a happening place this past Easter weekend, tents crammed in every nook and cranny that the high tide wouldn’t reach. Campers were either surfers or hikers, lots of hikers from the Juan de Fuca trail, as this is kilometre 29 of that world-famous route. You can’t drive your car here, no campers, […]

Jocelyn Hill – Gowlland Todd Provincial Park

Jocelyn Hill – Gowlland Todd Provincial Park

We are hiking in Gowlland Tod Provincial Park again, this time to Jocelyn Peak via Caleb Pike. There are several ways to reach Jocelyn Peak. We are hiking the Ridge Trail. Total hiking distance is 4.4 k one way with a very partial loop. My Fitbit registers 9.4 k round trip. Getting There On a […]

Sulphur Mountain Trail – Banff Alberta

Sulphur Mountain Trail – Banff Alberta

“We can handle a little elevation,” I told the fit, young park interpreter at the Banff Tourist office, even though I really can’t. He had just looked us up and down and suggested we hike the Johnson Canyon. “It’s only 2 k round trip and quite flat,” he said to sell it. I was mildly […]

Botanical Beach

Botanical Beach

We spent yesterday on Botanical Beach, exploring tidal pools teeming with marine life, and hiking through the rain forest in Botanical Beach Provincial Park. We picnicked on the beach, staying late enough to catch the start of the sunset. Getting There “It can’t be a two-hour drive, it’s only a hundred kilometres,” I argued. “It’s […]

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Leaving Tucker

It’s 7 AM and Tucker has just noticed I’m not in bed any more. I hear his nails on the hardwood as he nonchalantly moves his sleepy self from the bed to the couch. He likes to be in the same room as me. Tucker takes me completely for granted. He is over the moon […]