2015 opening weekend at Whistler Blackcomb (I’m on the planks again!)

I’m not one of those people who’s naturally incredible at everything they do. However, I do find myself to be average at most things. Except golf. There’s just no winning there. Being average in a town like Whistler is tricky, though. I was really excited about moving here and getting better at winter sports. Mind…

backyard bliss: Skywalk trail in Whistler

I have never understood the saying “take a hike.” That’s meant to be mean, right? I have only ever found the most epic, awe-inspiring moments while I’ve “taken a hike.” And maybe a few blisters and sore getaway sticks… Anyhow, we moved to the top of Alpine – a neighbourhood in Whistler, and of course…

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…

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…

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,…