cold weather surfing at Sombrio Beach on Vancouver Island

That rain I said we weren’t afraid of – well, this is my blog post about it. In Australia, surf seems to come in all sorts of flavours and weather, often accompanied by sunshine and beach tanning. In Canada, that is not the case. The best surf forecasts seem to come when there’s rain storms…

making the road trip journey to Fernie, British Columbia

I happen to be part of this brigade of babes that also date mountain bikers. They are beautiful (as already stated by their “babe” status), and I enjoy my time hanging out with them greatly. So, we all decided upon hearing that our boyfriends would be racing at the BC cup in Fernie as a…

hiking mount si, washington | the quiet voice

“It is only alone, truly alone, that one bursts apart, springs forth.” -maria isabel barreno I stared at the Mount Si sign adjusting my backpack, putting one foot in front of the other launching myself up the mountain. A year ago, the thought of doing anything alone would’ve killed me. It’s incredible when all of…

soul(o) camping at deception pass, washington

“Are you sure you don’t have drugs in your car?” The border guard piped. “That’s hard for me to believe.” Now I’m sweating.  “Of course not…would you like to see my photos?” I stuttered. “Yes, I would.”  I stared in unbelief as he scrolled through my photos for what felt like a very long minute….

hanging out at dive bars & car trunks in westport, washington

“Uh oh.” I piped up, cutting Stef off in the middle of breakfast chatter. “I think we’ve locked ourselves out of the car. By we, I mean me, and I’m not sure how we’ll get back in…” We had just spent some serious time figuring out a way to secure the surfboards to the roof…

driving to the oregon coastal dunes

“Let’s check out Aberdeen – It’s one of the first towns when you hit the ocean in Washington”. So we did. We crept up at 10pm and stopped at McDonalds for some chicken nuggets. (Yuck. Who even eats that crap?) The man at the counter stared at me blankly when I asked where to get…

care-free and barefoot: road tripping California’s coast

Well, I thought, I have some vacation time. I guess I’ll take a road trip, California seems like a good call. A week out, not fully knowing where I would land but having a rough idea of places I’d like to see, Terri messages me all the way from Australia. “I’M COMING TO VAN ON FRIDAY,…