A Pilgrimage To Meares Island – Visiting The Hanging Garden

   “We must protect the forests for those who can’t speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.” The first time I heard of Meares Island was in 2009 while watching Northern Wilderness hosted by Ray Mears (no relation).  During the episode Ray joined Gisele Martin, a young   Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation woman…

A Walk At Kanaka Creek Cliff Falls

“After a day’s walk, everything has twice its usual value.” We picked Mom up Saturday afternoon and headed to Kanaka Creek Regional Park for a walk to the Cliff Falls and the Salmon Hatchery.  Kanaka Creek Park is in the city of Maple Ridge a 40 minute drive from Vancouver.  The weather promised sunshine and…

Hiking The Lions Bay Loop To Crystal Falls

Time: 2 Hours Open: Year round Elevation gain: 175 Meters Round Trip : 5.0 Kms Difficulty: Moderate (there is a lot of uphill and steep downhill areas) Monday was sunny and very warm.  My husband and I decided to venture out on a hike we’d never done before:  The Lion’s Bay Loop to Crystal Falls. …

My British Columbia Bucket List – The Places I Want to Visit

“The combination of high winds, frequent fog and tidal surges makes this coast a particularly lethal one. When boats or planes or people go missing here, they are usually gone for good”- John Vaillant from The Golden Spruce   British Columbia.  Vast sprawling land.  Mountains, islands and seemingly never ending forests. The northern tip of…

The Deep Dark Woods -A Photo Essay On Grief

Nature is neither cruel nor kind. It is utterly indifferent to suffering In the Pagan traditions, there is a right of passage called The Dark Night Of The Soul.  It is a time that we take to confront the dark aspects of our selves, many times propelled by a difficult period in our lives.  I’m…

What I Pack for A Beach Getaway: A Week In Cabo

We landed at YVR (Vancouver International Airport) at 6:42 PM.  I could see low laying fog hovering over the runway from my seat.  Just 4 hours earlier we were in Cabo San Lucas; blue skies, sunshine and palm trees. It’s always good to be home though.  I spend  today cleaning, doing laundry and taking down…

Cabin Living – Labour Day Weekend Photo Essay.

Labour Day Weekend. That time when Summer is slowly letting go and Autumn is soon arriving.  The first day of school. The end of hot afternoons at the lake and the familiar scent of campfire. The new moon has appeared tonight and the sun has set the sky ablaze, indigo and crimson as we inch closer…

Camping At Nanton Lake

  Human beings are most alive when living in the unknown, for it’s in this place where anything and everything is possible. We got on the road at 5:30 pm Wednesday after work; the truck packed for 5 days of wilderness camping.  We boarded the ferry at Horseshoe Bay due North toward Langdale and made…

A Visit To The Botanical Gardens At UBC

The kiss of the sun for pardon The song of the birds for mirth  One is nearer God’s heart in a garden Than anywhere else on earth Before you begin reading today I suggest you click on the soundtrack below and play it in the background. Yesterday was my birthday. Dinner reservations weren’t until 9. …

France, Spain and Italy – Our Honeymoon In Photos

  Paris exists to remind you that dreams are real.. It’s Sunday. The last day of June.  The sun is high in a clear blue sky.  After the oppressive 35 degree heat in Italy 2 days ago,  21 degrees had me pulling out a light jacket to wear when we stepped out for lunch.  We’re…