Adventures

Bernie's Birthday at Mahood Lake

They were the best of times, they were... pretty much exclusively the best of times 😉 It was a beautiful drive from Edmonton to Mahood Lake, nestled deep within the beautiful Wells Gray Provincial park in interior BC. The purpose: to celebrate my oldest friend Chris' birthday. He had moved to Vancouver, so his wonderful wife, Ashley, had planned a get-together with friends and family halfway between Edmonton and Vancouver, and at a beautiful, remote, BC lake. Lacking social skills and tact, Chris does not have a deep pool of friends from which to draw, so I was the sole representative from that contingent. Family was well represented and there in full force, along with the lovely Lucia. As always Lucia was as full of grace and dignity as one would imagine such a beautiful dog should be. It was truly an amazing solo drive out to the lake and the weather couldn't have been better. One night certainly was not enough time, but the time was well spent. It was great to catch up and on a personal note, a wonderful drive full of silent moments in awe of the natural beauty of western Canada. The magesty of the mountains, and deep blues of the placid lakes made a perfect backdrop for self-reflection, appreciation and the pride that one feels when driving through a part of the world largely responsible for helping shape the character and identity of the people we grow up to be.



The West Coast Trail

The West Coast Trail

 

We hiked the 75km trail from Bamfield to Port Renfrew (north to south), bathing in waterfalls, filtering drinking water from streams, singing made up songs (ask us about Ninny-Nat-Nat), sharing stories, eating delicious food (thanks Katrina), witnessing a bear, and bearing witness to some of the most breathtaking scenery that I have ever had the privilege to behold. There were challenges and triumphs along the way, blisters, the most delicious crabs, and the best damn burger you have ever had in your life!

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Fire Dancing in Koh Tao

Fire Dancing in Koh Tao

 

Alcohol tends to enhance dexterity, judgement, and coordination - three attributes that are required when working with fire - so naturally this leads to positive results. Many of which are visible noticeable in the form of burns on the dive boats the following day. It would seem, at first glance, that frizzy hair, a stuporous gait, glazed eyes, and a flaming limbo stick or jump rope wouldn't mix, but let me assure you, they mix extremely well...

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Diving the Camia II Wreck in Boracay

Diving the Camia II Wreck in Boracay

The Camia II was intentionally sunk on January 8th, 2001 in 30 meters of water just off the west shore of Boracay in the Philippines. The wreck of the 30 meter long cargo ship is resting on a sandy bottom at a depth of just less than 30 meters with the top at 18 meters below the surface of the water. The ship has turned into a great artificial reef and is now home to scorpionfish, trevallies, red bass, fireworms, nudibranchs, copper sweepers, schools of batfish, and other interesting life. This video includes a swim-through of the wreck and footage of the life surrounding this great wreck.

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How a Spider Bite Introduced Me to the Magic of Honduran Hospitals

How a Spider Bite Introduced Me to the Magic of Honduran Hospitals

The nurse, too, seemed to enjoy the process as a cruel grin and maniacal flash of sadistic pleasure crossed her face as she unapologetically pressed with white-knuckled force on either side of the incisions causing the abscess explode in an eruption of blood and pus. The colours kind of reminded me of the Canadian flag... and home...

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Honduras Trip 2013

Honduras Trip 2013

Kenny took us diving in his Zodiac while Lyndon navigated for us on the surface.  The best part (aside from the actual diving) was getting to be human sonar and hopping in on either side of the Zodiac with masks on holding onto a rope and looking down into the depths below hoping to see a good dive spot...

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