Backpacking Solo – What’s Up with Hiking Alone?

 

Sitting around the backcountry campground’s communal cooking area, I struck up a conversation with three middle-aged men who were hiking together. We talked about hiking and travel, and compared notes about the wildlife we had seen on the trail. Continue reading “Backpacking Solo – What’s Up with Hiking Alone?”

Dumb Tourist Moment #12 – The Corkscrew in Paris

 

“Do you sell corkscrews?” I asked, while simultaneously pointing at the bottle of wine on the counter and miming the action of opening it. I enthusiastically twisted the non-existent bottle opener and looked expectantly at the girl behind the till.

The curly-haired cashier gave me a strange look and slowly shook her head no. I wasn’t sure if she didn’t understand or if they didn’t sell corkscrews.  Continue reading “Dumb Tourist Moment #12 – The Corkscrew in Paris”

Kananaskis Country Trip Report

 

I recently posted a photo essay of my 3-day backpacking trip in Alberta’s Kananaskis Country. But I wanted to do up a trip report with a few more details in case anyone is interested in more practical information about my time there.

In total, I spent four nights in Kananaskis Country. One night was spent car camping and the other three in the backcountry. Below, you’ll find information about where I stayed, the route I hiked, and how you can do this trip yourself!  Continue reading “Kananaskis Country Trip Report”

Kananaskis Country Backpacking: Photo Essay

 

I recently spent three days in Alberta’s Kananaskis Country on my first solo backpacking adventure. It was a pretty amazing experience. I’ll be writing more about the trip, what it was like to hike solo, and on more practical stuff (like what to pack) in the future. For now, you can see what my days were like through some of my favourite pictures…  Continue reading “Kananaskis Country Backpacking: Photo Essay”

And I Was Worried About the Grizzlies…

 

I carefully picked my way down the steep side trail and stepped over a mound of rotting driftwood. I stumbled down onto the rocky beach and dropped my pack. My feet and shoulders ached. After 3 days and 22 kilometers in the Alberta backcountry, I had about 4 km left until I would reach my car. I was tired. I could feel the blisters getting bigger by the second and I just wanted a good long rest.  Continue reading “And I Was Worried About the Grizzlies…”

Stomach of Steel: 8 Weird Things My Dog Has Eaten

 

As regular readers of this blog know, Juno is a funny dog. She’s big and loud and rather destructive at times. If she has the opportunity to get into something, she takes it. Most of the things I’ve witnessed her eat are normal for a dog. Grass. “People” food off counters and out of cupboards. Garbage. But there’s a growing list of things she’s eaten that either make me shake my head or worry for her safety. She’s (somehow) never gotten sick which is nothing short of a miracle.  Continue reading “Stomach of Steel: 8 Weird Things My Dog Has Eaten”

A Beginner’s Guide to: International Travel

 

Do you dream of waking up in a foreign country but don’t know how to get there? Do you peruse Pinterest pages and Instagram feeds of world travelers but don’t know where to start? I was there once too. I didn’t travel internationally until my 20s and really had no clue how to plan a trip outside of Canada. There are a lot of things to think about. In this guide, I’ve broken down the steps to planning a trip into more manageable and less scary pieces.  Continue reading “A Beginner’s Guide to: International Travel”

Dumb Tourist Moment #47 – That Time I Tried to Break the Law in Italy

 

In 2010 I spent nearly 3 months traveling around Europe, which provided plenty of opportunity for dumb tourist moments to occur. But when I think about that summer, the one that really stands out is the time we were in Cinque Terre, a chain of five small villages perched on the cliffside of the Italian Riviera.  Continue reading “Dumb Tourist Moment #47 – That Time I Tried to Break the Law in Italy”