Tag Archives: Outdoors

Hitting The Slopes, Eating Weird Things, And Other Goodness

Some months back, Mike’s mom, Ruth, and his sister, Michelle, came out to Alberta for a visit! It was so great to see them, and the four of us headed out to the mountains for a two-day ski vacation in Banff. I hadn’t been on skis in almost a decade, and it had been quite

Underworld LARP – Winter 2011/12 Assorted Photos

Most of these are of me, as Mike is usually the one with the camera, but I think there are at least a couple shots of him!

Snow Day

Recently, while Sydnie was at a birthday party, we took Lincoln out to a tobogganing hill in the city for some fun.  We all went sledding and had a rather fantastic time of it.

Underworld L.A.R.P – September 2011

Dear LARPing, We’ve missed you terribly!  I know I am not finished posting about our trip to Alaska (my free time is seriously lacking lately) but I wanted to interject this little post before I forgot.

Alaska: Land Of The Midnight Sun

I know it’s been quiet around here (pesky obligations such as work and sleep have prevented much writing). We have a few more adventures under our belts, which will eventually get posted, but in a few short hours the four of us will be on our way towards Seattle, where we are catching a cruise

Random Camping At Running Rain Lake – Day Three

Sunday was another gorgeous day, starting with sunshine and blue sky first thing in the morning. We all got up and made coffee and oatmeal again for breakfast. We pulled the tents apart to dry them from the rain that fell overnight. Then there was time for taking more photos and getting our gear rounded

Random Camping At Running Rain Lake – Day One & Day Two

Over the weekend, we were fortunate enough to be able to take Dan and Kerri on their first backpacking trip (which coincidentally ended up being our first random camping excursion as well).  After a not unsubstantial amount of discussion and indecision, we settled on Running Rain Lake, which falls inside of one of the Wildland

Adventures In British Columbia: Wildhorse River & Yoho National Park

While I am normally a planner extraordinaire, Micheal is more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants kind of guy. This makes going on trips together…interesting, if not an extreme exercise in frustration for both of us. And so it was that we recently ended up on the road, with no real plan, but enough gear to spend several

On Adopting A Pit Bull

As I’ve alluded to, our little motley crew has recently been joined by a four-legged cohort: Smidgin, the pit bull. Smidgin is two years old, and arrived from LA (indeed, I do mean Los Angeles) in June, via Prairie Pit Bull Rescue.  She was a stray (or as Mike calls her, a “California Street Dog”)

Backpacking In Peter Lougheed Provincial Park

One weekend, not so long ago, Mike and I found ourselves with time to spare and no solid plans (a rarity to be sure) and so we took a spur-of-the-moment backpacking excursion to Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.  There are several backcountry destinations to chose from, but being that we only had a regular weekend, we

Camping With The Kids: Radium Hot Springs Edition – Day Three & Day Four

On our third day in camp, we got up bright and early to have breakfast, which consisted of bacon and cinnamon buns (cooked in foil over the coals from our fire). Mike and I made coffee with the MSR filter that his brother Ben gave us for Christmas. It was a beautiful, relaxing way to

Camping With The Kids: Radium Hot Springs Edition – Day One & Day Two

Yesterday afternoon we returned home after a long weekend camping excursion into British Columbia with the kiddos.  We camped near Radium Hot Springs at Lake Enid, which is about four hours drive from home. We headed out after Mike got finished work on Friday night.  The SUV was packed and we were all very excited.

Photo Post: Mountsberg Conservation Area, Ontario – Set Three

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Photo Post: Mountsberg Conservation Area, Ontario – Set Two

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Photo Post: Mountsberg Conservation Area, Ontario – Set One

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Our Weekend At The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Last weekend Jay invited Mike and I to join him and the kids in Banff for a couple of days, and to spend the night at the Banff Springs Hotel. We headed for the mountains early on Saturday afternoon (after we finished up with the condo developers) and after arriving in Banff, we checked into

On Snowshoeing And Our Visit To Ontario

On Tuesday Mike and I returned from our trip to Ontario to visit his family. We had a really wonderful time. It was so good to see everyone and catch up with them. Made me miss living there and being closer to all of them. We spent most of our time indoors, spending time with

Photo Post: Bon Echo Park, Ontario – Set Two

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Photo Post: Bon Echo Park, Ontario – Set One

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Video: How To Bake Cake… In An Orange!

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Photo Post: Killbear Park, Ontario – Set Three

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Photo Post: Killbear Park, Ontario – Set Two

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Photo Post: Killbear Park, Ontario – Set One

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Article: The Top 10 Beginner Hiker Blunders – Part Two

Click here for Part One Article courtesy of Backpacker Magazine Written by: Jason Stevenson, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Backpacking and Hiking The Top 10 Beginner Hiker Blunders (Continued) 6. Going ultra-light without ultra-experience A regular backpacker going ultra-light is like a vegetarian becoming a vegan—it takes time to dial down a new, safe system.

Book Review: The Canadian Hiker’s & Backpacker’s Handbook By Ben Gadd

When it comes to hiking and backpacking, many books are written by and for Americans or Europeans.  While that doesn’t discount any of those books as a source of valubal information, being from Canada, it’s rather nice to have access to information that is tailored to our unique climate and landscape.  Enter The Canadian Hiker’s