Cultivating community might in fact be my theme for 2020, and I have found it to be both easier (kinda) and way more important than before. I have experienced a glut of people keen to join me, because their usual entertainment has been thwarted, so I am no longer choosing between hiking and spending time with friends. I'm also learning to be more patient, and adjust the adventures to accommodate my companions...and my companions have surprised me with their grit and tenacity.
I feel that 2020 is the year of driving towards new and different adventures and being open to the universe. To that end, I have identified three themes that will move me in said direction...
I am not ending 2019 where I started it, and I am very grateful for that. 2018 was a year of turbulence, opportunities, growth, and change, so I entered 2019 prioritizing stability, consistency, and balance. And what a year it was!
Hiking boots are the crucial piece of gear for any hiker or backpacker. Your feet are carrying you tens, hundreds, or even thousands of kilometres after all, preferably through questionable terrain, and it's important that you are safe and mostly pain-free. That being said, a good pair of hiking boots can be pretty expensive and … Continue reading Picking the Perfect Hiking Boots
What is the perfect gift for the new or aspiring hiker in your life? Before we dive into gift ideas, let me describe a bit of gift giving (and receiving) ethos. I'm a huge fan of gifts that achieve three key functions: (1) the gift is something I probably wouldn't get for myself, (2) the … Continue reading Holiday Gifts for the Aspiring or New Hiker
Picking the right socks can be an art because he socks you chose to wear on a hiking or backpacking trip can make or break your experience. Socks have the magical power to gently swaddle and comfort your feet as you pound along on the trail for days on end, or to rub, chafe, blister, and generally allow you to devolve into foot-pain driven madness in a matter of hours. If you think I am joking about foot-pain driven madness, you have clearly been lucky enough to avoid such a fiasco, and I applaud you. I, however, have not been so fortunate.
Winter is fast approaching, weather windows for hiking are rapidly diminishing (if not completely vanishing), and it gets dark waaaaay too early now. I'm sure some of you will be layering on the waterproof jacket and venturing out into the west coast rain, trading in your hiking boots for snowshoes and skies, or even heading south for sunnier, drier conditions. And some of you may be thinking 'well, I guess those trails can wait until next year...'
Sandwiched between exhibiting at the gargantuan Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas, and participating an a corporate retreat in Scottsdale, Arizona, I enjoyed a glorious and exonerative 48 hours of solitude in north-central Arizona.
Sometimes life speeds up way too fast, and it can be really hard to slow down. During the second half of last year, life hit 'fast forward', quicker than ever before and work completely consumed my life. Needless to say, my humble blog did not get the attention it deserved. Between September and December I: … Continue reading Chasing Winter Sun on California’s Route 395
Nobody should ever describe a trip to Cape Scott Provincial Park as 'quick'. Cape Scott occupies the northern west tip of Vancouver Island and the western reach of the North Coast Trail (the younger, muddier sister of the world famous West Coast Trail). It is a long drive from Victoria (or any of the urban … Continue reading A Quick Trip to Cape Scott Provincial Park