It's a new year, I feel excited, cautious, optimistic, and weary. I'm trying to leave space for all the emotions. 2021 is going to be another big, chaotic year (and, hopefully, moving towards reconciliation and healing, rather than divisiveness and rage), and I suspect that my annual themes are going to be even more important … Continue reading 2021: Where Do We Go From Here?
2020: the year of gratitude and grief! Last year when I was writing my Top 5 Adventures of 2019 I said: "I’m looking towards 2020 feeling that I have my life where I want it, and I’m ready for whatever new adventures I’m thrown"...I don't think I was quite ready for what was coming. And … Continue reading Top 5 Adventures of 2020
This summer has been a weird one. Or maybe one that is so simple we don't know what to do with ourselves without unnecessary opulence. The 'back to basics' approach we are experiencing here in British Columbia is really working: lots of cooking at home, time with family and close friends, no big crowds, and … Continue reading 7 Inspirational Non-Fiction Books for Outdoorsy People
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 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!
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...'
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
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