April 2015

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Sunshine Coast Bike Tour, Pender Harbour to Powell River

Last night, just before leaving my cozy spot by the gas fire to go to bed, I discovered a newish-looking wool blanket inside a box of supplies. Needless to say, I absconded with it for the night and attribute that extra bit of coverage to getting me through the night relatively unfrozen. More Downs Than […]

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Sunshine Coast Bike Tour, Sechelt to Pender Harbour

The sound of fat raindrops splatting against the tent was my alarm this morning. After a fitful night – during which I was too hot, then too cold, and then unable to sleep until I got up to pee – I managed to sleep in until 9am. I briefly pondered lying in the tent until […]

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Sunshine Coast Bike Tour, Vancouver to Sechelt

The rain this morning was hanging suspended in the air, not falling, but just patiently waiting for its next victim. That victim was me, and the faster I went, the wetter I got. By the time I was on the SeaBus heading back towards North Van, my gloves and socks were soaked. Here’s a shout […]

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A Snowy Hike on the Howe Sound Crest Trail

It was a sunny spring morning in Vancouver, so when we hopped in the car to go hiking, I never expected our trail would look like this. We pulled into the parking lot at Cypress Mountain Ski Area, one of Vancouver’s local ski hills, which has been bare almost the entire ski season, to find […]

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Sunshine Coast Bike Trip, Nanaimo to Vancouver

The last couple of days, while getting ready for my solo Sunshine Coast bike trip, I’ve been worried that I had some sort of weird flu. This morning I figured out what’s to blame. Nerves. Before any big trip (or even a small trip, as it turns out) I get nervous. Not just a little […]

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Gibsons BC, Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast Bike Tour

In two days, I’m leaving for a week-long solo bike tour. Surprise! The route starts out my front door and takes me in a loop from Nanaimo to Vancouver, then up the Sunshine Coast and back down to Nanaimo on the east side of Vancouver Island. Here’s the rough map for my Sunshine Coast Bike […]

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I Can’t Stop Thinking About The Trans Canada Trail

Today was the deadline for applications for the Woods Dream Job, and of course Stephen and I applied ages ago, but I can’t stop thinking about it. Ever since we applied, every time I try to plan something, my thought process goes something like this: “We should visit Haida Gwaii this summer. It would be […]

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How To Ease Into Adventure Travel

“I don’t think adventure travel is for me. I like reading about other people’s adventures, but at my age/weight/level of health/number of kids it’s just never going to happen. I doubt I’d even like it, and besides, I couldn’t go that long without blow-drying my hair.” Are you slowly nodding your head in agreement right […]

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3 Minutes of Travel Inspiration

I’m spending my Friday evening looking for some inspiration for my trip in May (while Stephen is galavanting working his way around Europe). I have never heard of Nimmo Bay before but talk about inspiring. I want to go now – and I could because it’s just a 4-hour drive from here! According to their […]

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11 Travel Mistakes We Made and How to Avoid Them

Is there any such thing as a “mistake” when you’re travelling? Or is every bump in the road just another lesson to learn, another opportunity for adventure? If there are mistakes, we have made most of them. These are the top 11 mistakes we made on our 2-year cycle trip – with tips on how […]

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