A Sign That It’s Time to Lighten Up

A sign that life has become too serious is when I go through my days with my head down, focused on completing the tasks at hand. Not everything has to be so serious, I remind myself. In fact, I might miss seeing something fun or quirky or absurd if I don’t look up now and…

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Little Free Library: A Neighbourhood Gem

Nothing pleases an avid reader more than access to an abundance of books. Personal collections, book stores, thrift shops, garage sales, libraries, even e-books — all are welcome sources to those afflicted with ‘book-itis’. This time of year, a stack of paperbacks and a shady outdoor spot to read without interruption is the ultimate summertime…

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Over the Top Tourist Trap: The Log Barn

Tourist trap. What comes to mind? Garish, tacky, and generally unappealing. Yet in the effort to see from ‘the eyes of a child’, a tourist trap could offer a rich and surprising diversion while road tripping. Childhood Road Trips Recalling road trips as a child, I held little sway over my parents. “We don’t have…

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Wildlife Encounters in the City

Growing up in the very urban city of Vancouver, the closest I ever came to encountering wild animals were the feral cats that roamed the back alleys of my neighbourhood. So it continues to surprise me to encounter wildlife in any urban or suburban setting. Yet, wildlife are adapting to our cities in increasing numbers…

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Book Notes and Road Trips

A book lover I shall always be. A traveler I choose to be. When I travel, a book travels with me. An actual, physical paperback book. I tried to go book-free while traveling in Europe last year, as I only allowed myself a single carry on backpack. Keeping to the essentials was key. So I…

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Having a Bad Day? Good News / Bad News Story

A road trip gone bad can result in a no good, very bad day. A routine trip which we’ve traversed dozens of times over the years turned into a journey of epic proportions a couple of weeks ago. Our truck’s recent repairs (new transmission, radiator and sundry other mechanical parts) should have given us a…

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Vancouver Island Juan de Fuca Marine Trail

I was curious about the Juan de Fuca Trail which meanders along the southern coastline of Vancouver Island, BC. I was also intimidated by it. Poring over the map, I wondered how I would navigate any portion of the 47 km trail. The scheduled hiking day arrived. Even though we were already on Vancouver Island; we’d…

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English Style Eats: Vancouver Island Travels

“It’s the best place to eat in the area!” our B&B hosts enthused. “Plus it’s nestled in the country and is fashioned after an old style English pub.” We were sold. After a few sketchy details from our hosts we drove off. The country roads wound back and forth, with each turn more confusing than the…

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Mission Creek Greenway Hike

Contrary to the McIntyre Bluff Hike, I was certainly more enthusiastic about our plan to hike the Mission Creek Greenway trail — it’s flat! Our route began at Mission Creek Park located on Springfield Road at Durnin in Kelowna, BC. Plenty of parking, playgrounds, picnic areas and washroom facilities comprise a large portion of this treed park….

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McIntyre Bluff Hike

Hiking is not my passion. In fact, if I could choose between a hike and almost anything else, the ‘anything else’ wins every time. Yet here I was on a fine summer day, driving towards Oliver BC to embark on a hike. Hubby had wanted to hike up McIntyre Bluff for decades and had finally…

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