Backpacking & Baguettes in Western Europe

Backpacking & Baguettes in Western Europe

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. "The more things change, the more they stay the same." This struck me as I read the first page of the travel journal I kept when I backpacked through five countries in Western Europe in 2010 with my friend Kelsey. I can hardly believe it was that long ago.

Finding Nature in Los Angeles

Finding Nature in Los Angeles

LA's sunny, hot, dry climate makes me want to be outside all the time. For a great hike, Runyon Canyon Park is right in the city and a lovely place to get some fresh air and elevation gain.

Ridgewalking in Kananaskis

Ridgewalking in Kananaskis

Tent Ridge is one of those places where you feel on top of the world. This beautiful hike is in Kananaskis Country, Alberta. It has unobstructed views for most of the way, and once you're on the ridge you feel face to face with the surrounding mountain peaks.

Coastal Hikes in Nova Scotia

Coastal Hikes in Nova Scotia

One of the things I love most about Nova Scotia is the beautiful coastal terrain that seems to never be more than a half hour drive away from anywhere in this Maritime province.

Backpacking to Bow Hut

Backpacking to Bow Hut

Lately my adventures have included Alpine Club of Canada backcountry huts. The first one I stayed at was Bow Hut and now I'm hooked. Sleeping above treeline steps from a glacier and not having to hike a tent in? Yes, please!

Authentic Hospitality in Costa Rica

Authentic Hospitality in Costa Rica

I assumed I'd be impressed by the multitude of opportunities for outdoor adventure in Costa Rica, and that I'd love the gorgeous, diverse landscape and ecology. What I hadn't realized was how authentically hospitable nearly everyone we met would be, and what an impression they'd leave on us.

Hiking at Lake O'Hara

Hiking at Lake O'Hara

After hiking over 50 trails in the Canadian Rockies, the trails at Lake O'Hara in BC's Yoho National Park rank in my top three day hikes anywhere. This protected mountain paradise is full of alpine hiking routes (above tree line), lakes and golden larch trees. It was as magical as I'd imagined.