Posts in North America
Seven Fall Hikes in Washington State

Growing up I never understood the allure of autumn - it simply marked the end of my favourite season. The days grow shorter at an alarming rate, the foliage is dying and falling off of the trees and, if you’re like me and live in the Canadian Rockies, the first snowfall of the year can come before summer is even over. It was not until I moved to the east coast when I was 18 that I had my first real autumn. I watched as the leaves ever so slowly shifted from their summer green to vibrant reds, oranges and yellows. I was invited on a weekend of apple picking in the valley with good friends and we carved pumpkins a warm evening under a harvest moon. I know this sounds too idyllic to be true - but isn’t that how all first loves are remembered?

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Along the Border of Arizona and Utah - a Perfect Place to Get Lost.

When I set out on my third road trip through the desert I wanted to see everything that I had missed or skipped over on previous trips (spoiler: this simply isn't possible). I had a google map pinned with locations along the Arizona-Utah border... but then they started migrating - one in New Mexico, some up near Salt Lake City, a few peppered into Nevada... 

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Air, Land & Sea - The Nā Pali Coast Three Ways

(alternate titles for this post were "Finding Neverland" and "That time I nearly died on one of the most dangerous trails in the United States." )

The day I was born it was -36°C (-32.8°F) and I like to half-joke that it was in that first moment my distaste for cold weather began. Without fail, every year when mid January rolls around and my birthday is right on the horizon the cold Canadian winters start to really get to me.

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Hunting hot springs and road trips with strangers - taking the long route home.

With shoulder season setting in the Canadian Rockies I knew I needed to get out of town. I had met Bruin Alexander a few weeks prior during a backpacking trip at Floe Lake and we became instant friends. With an open invitation to visit him in Whistler and sunshine in the forecast I booked a flight west, instead of our original plan of staying on the west coast for a few days before flying home, we decided to take the long route back to Calgary including packing in as many hot springs as possible over the following two weeks.

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