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.
Houseboating in Japan is somewhat different than what I am used to in North America. There is certainly the same amount of beautiful (albeit different) scenery to behold and alcohol-fuelled singing is equally present:Read More
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!Read More
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...Read More
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.Read More
My personal theory is that clever marketing of the Caribbean lifestyle and discount air carriers catering to the jet-setting fish demographic are almost solely responsible for the dramatic rise in lionfish populations.
FUN FACT: Venomous and poisonous are two terms that are often used interchangeably, but there is a subtle difference. Venomous refers to a toxin that is...Read More
One of the easiest ways to tell a male Hawksbill turtle (or any turtle, for that matter) from a female is the presence of a...Read More
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...Read More
Mutianyu is a section of the wall that features both beautifully restored masonry as well as more rugged, natural parts replete with crumbling stones and overgrown vegetation twisting around the wall as it meanders through the mountain peaks about an hour north of Beijing...Read More
Once the lanterns reach the stratosphere they are sucked up out of the atmosphere and are then propelled towards the edge of our solar system by solar winds generated by the sun.Read More
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...Read More
There was grand adventure, great food, better conversations, moments of suspense, awe, and intrigue. At no less than four distinct occurrences can I remember being afraid for my life; and although we set out on this grand voyage as a merry band of travellers, those of us who did made it back were changed by the journey and can only reflect upon the people we once were before the adventure as though pale faded memories of a forgotten time long past...Read More
These are a collection of photos taken during my three week stay in New York City in the Spring of 2007.New York had long been a place I had really wanted to visit, and it was amazing and unique in a way that was so different from what I had thought it would be through my dreams and most fanciful, romanticized wonderings...Read More
After a small photo rest stop, we drove down to a nature reserve, where we saw all manner of monkeys, anteaters, a wild cat, and even a tropical raccoon ( it turns out they look just like our raccoons ;) Then it was off to my moms amazing house on the side of a mountain. She had warned us of the 45 degree angle of the driveway. As it turns out, it REALLY is 45 degrees, and cannot be accessed without a 4 wheel drive vehicle...Read More
Our family went for a weekend trip to Jasper to camp, do a little hiking, play in the Athabasca River with the dogs, and do a little bit of cliff diving at Horseshoe Lake...Read More