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
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
Over the Easter holiday (a four-day weekend, here in Canada), my partner and I headed up to Quadra Island, one of the Discovery Islands wedged between central Vancouver Island and the mainland. Quadra Island is my favourite of the Gulf and Discovery Islands: it embodies the true west coast island style, with funky hippie houses … Continue reading Easter Weekend Rock Climbing on Quadra Island
36 hours is not a lot of time to decompress between two long, intense weeks of business trips; one must be focused and intent on having some serious R & R. Being left in Houston, Texas with a car and a credit card, I took myself on a road trip, hitting Natural Bridge Caverns (Part … Continue reading Going Rogue: Texas Edition, Part 3
I was left unattended for 36 hours in Houston, Texas, with a car, a credit card, and a mandate to relax and decompress between two intense, week-long training sessions. So I took myself on a road trip, hitting Natural Bridge Caverns (Part 1), Pedernales Falls State Park (Part 2), and Austin, Texas (Part 3). Part 2 … Continue reading Going Rogue: Texas Edition, Part 2
I recently had 36 unattended hours in Texas. My only constraints were to drop my colleagues off at the Houston airport at 0500 Saturday morning, and be on a flight at 1700 Sunday evening. It was glorious. I had been in Houston for five days, completely occupied with boardroom meetings and wrangling maritime captains and … Continue reading Going Rogue: Texas Edition, Part 1
Last weekend I had a wee mishap, that could have been a major mishap: I gave my ankle a wretched twist on a piece of simple, flat trail. My intention was to head out early with my dog for an excellent hiking double-header: Maple Mountain and Mount Tzouhalem. Both mountains are a brisk two to … Continue reading A Wee Mishap on Maple Mountain