Earth, Wind and Fire on Sao Miguel Island

My week on  Sao Miguel Island in the Azores was a whirlwind. Not only because it was a short trip, but also because I was thoroughly blasted by ocean gales on more than one occasion. It was early spring in the middle of the Atlantic, so I’d expected some unsettled weather. What I hadn’t anticipated […]

Treks in the City: Where to Walk in Calgary

When in need of a nature fix, we Calgarians have a bountiful selection parks and trails to satisfy our need for green. Here are my favourite areas for escaping the city without ever leaving it. Weaselhead Flats I just enjoyed a gorgeous walk here with a friend. It was an unusually warm autumn Saturday. The […]

Yellowknife Day 2: Great Northern Outdoors

Since our first day in Yellowknife stretched on so long, we got a bit of a later start on the second one. But that didn’t stop us from squeezing a lot into it. After all, we knew the sun would never really set. It became a day of mostly outdoor adventure. (Late) morning hike: Cameron […]

Endless Daylight: 24 Hours in Yellowknife

I always wanted to take a trip up north during the days of midnight sun, and I finally did. My summer visit to Yellowknife in Canada’s Northwest Territories was energizing and surprisingly inspiring. This is Part 1 of a weekend adventure in the character-packed northern Canadian city. Friday night strangeness on the range The sun was […]

Hanoi, Halong, Hue, Hoi An & Ho Chi Minh

The cab driver who took me to my hotel in Hanoi proclaimed the city had “4 million people and 3 million motorcycles”. Indeed, I could plainly see that the motorcycles & mopeds certainly outnumbered cars by what seemed 100-to-one. Motorcycle city: Hanoi Everyone was motoring on two wheels. There were toddlers standing on scooter floors […]

Zip, Glide, Float: Riding Through the Rainforest

There are so many ways to get around in the rainforest, especially in Costa Rica. It’s one of the original eco and adventure tourism destinations. You can hike, rappel, raft, cycle, climb, zip-line, kayak, spelunk, drive, paddle, ride an ATV or saddle up a horse. And I’m probably missing a few. Zooming on a zip-line It […]

Delicious & Dazzling: Naples, Sorrento, Amalfi

The Amalfi Coast draws scores of international visitors for a reason: it’s drop dead gorgeous. We based ourselves in Sorrento so we could easily take day trips along the coast and inland to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius. But on the way, we made a little stop in … Navigating Naples Since we had to pass […]

On Safari: Close Encounters of the Wild Kind

It didn’t take long before we had our first breathtaking wildlife encounter in Tarangire National Park in Tanzania. Between 15 and 20 elephants were huddled close together in the shade of a grove of acacias, only 10 meters in front of the land rover. We stood up to get better views through the jeep’s open […]

Prairie Drama: Rural Retrospection

I had a feeling Theatre Calgary’s production of Dear Johnny Deere would get me thinking about my Saskatchewan homeland. And of course, it did. The play is an alt-country-folk musical production about the struggles of farm life, based on the songs of Canadian singer-songwriter Fred Eaglesmith. It was brilliantly performed by a talented cast of […]

Camels & Dunes: Wadi Rum Desert

The back of a 4×4 pickup is a bumpy, windy and downright fun way to see the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan. Wind in my hair, holding my scarf tight so it doesn’t fly away, the afternoon sun pulsing down, and Arabic pop music wafting out from the driver’s open window. Golden red rock formations, […]

Beauty & Bullet Holes in Croatia

The scenery in Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes National park was breathtaking. It was what I imagine the Garden of Eden must have been like, and it was one of the most beautiful sites I saw in Croatia. There were hundreds of waterfalls and cascades of all different sizes connecting a network of 16 beautiful turquoise lakes. The colour of the […]

Rocky Mountain Ice: Winter Hike in Grotto Canyon

When Tammy suggested the Grotto Canyon Ice Walk for this mid-February Sunday, I was a bit nervous. After all, I don’t own ice cleats (those metal spiky things you put on your boots), and I certainly don’t have any ice climbing experience. But now that I’ve done it, I can’t believe I’ve lived in Calgary […]

Peru: The Inca Trail Hiking Experience

Trekking the Inca Trail was both physically and mentally challenging, and the 4-day hiking experience definitely involved some roughing it. Was it worth the effort? Here’s how it all went down …and up … and down … and up. Day 1: uphill all the way Our group of 15 hikers knew we were in for about […]

Hiking in Tanzania: the Usambara Mountains

We didn’t have enough time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro after our safari, but we still wanted to experience some hiking in Tanzania. The Usambara Mountains are the perfect place to do this, and Lushoto made a good base for exploring the area. So we hopped on a public bus in Arusha for the 5-hour ride to Lushoto. We sat […]

Romancing the Sandstone: Hiking Petra in Jordan

My day hiking Petra, Jordan’s ancient red rose city: 1500 steps, 25 kms of walking over 9 hours, 600 m of elevation change, 28 degrees Celsius, 2.3 L of water and two lemon mints gulped down, one twisted ankle, 92 photos, one magnificent ancient carved sandstone city, and a whole bunch of stunning views. The Treasury by […]

Planning a Safari in Tanzania

Going on safari is a lifelong dream for many, and Tanzania is a wonderful place to make it a reality. Being the home of the famous Serengeti National Park, there are countless safari operators in Tanzania catering to all budgets, styles and schedules. Many operators can help with bookings for any onward travel in the […]