tackling fear: Change and taking risks

So, I think you get the point. I like spending time in the big trees on the big mountains. After finding myself spending more time sleeping in a Pathfinder in Whistler this summer than my own awesome apartment in North Vancouver, I found myself dabbling in an interest to make it a more permanent situation….

cliff jumping in North Vancouver’s Lynn Canyon

If you’ve been to Vancouver in the summer (or any season for that matter) and haven’t been to Lynn Valley Canyon, you’ve missed some kind of boat. Situated nowhere near the downtown core, yet somehow totally accessible to the general public, lies this oasis of blue swimming pools and cliff jumps. We have on our…

kayaking with jellyfish on the Indian Arm in British Columbia

I had just returned from Australia and I was counting my pennies until my next paycheck. Adventures are incredible, but when the dust settles you’re often left eating canned soup and stir fry waiting until the next bit of funds comes through for another mission somewhere. I’ve eaten so much stir fry. $60, that’s it,…

the trouble with getting lost: A deep and meaningful thought

I got lost today. As I was standing in the forest encompassed by giant trees, for a brief moment I felt swallowed. I couldn’t make sense of which way was home because I was running a loop that I’d never done before. Standing there looking for some marker to show the trail, I couldn’t remember…

what it’s like to live in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia

My whole life I’ve been uncertain of things. I’m self aware enough to know that I often look and wonder where the grass could be greener, and I’m always on the lookout for whatever is next and exciting, not giving space to the pleasure that the current moment can bring. For once in my life…

el nino in British Columbia: if you can’t ride them, climb them

It was the last weekend in November, and I had just returned from an epic backpacking adventure in Hawaii. I had barely taken a moment to breathe before Stef and I were standing on a porch in Burnaby, drinking beers with friends when we saw the little white stuff fall from the sky and accumulate…

snowshoeing to paradise at Elfin Lakes in British Columbia

Great things are passed along through word of mouth. Grandma’s recipes, secret home remedies, and the best places to see. It started with my friend Alicia. “Have you heard of Elfin Lakes?” She piped up as she did her usual morning walk by on the way to her desk. After about 10 minutes of talking…

the edge | finding a ledge & hovering over

I have a problem with limits. I always have. I don’t understand why someone would ever tell me I can’t do something, or that it would possibly be “going too far.” What do you mean? If it feels good do it…no? Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to climb the biggest tree,…