Arlene is going to be 76 years old next month. I randomly got to share a gondola ride up the mountain with her last weekend in Whistler. It was a bluebird day and I was going up there to clear my mind and get inspired by the mountains. Arlene used to be a mountain host at Big White in Kelowna for about 10 years. She came to Whistler on a 11 hour bus ride, on her own, to ski and visit relatives. Now that’s commitment. We started chatting in the gondola and her love for the mountains was instantly contagious. The adventure stories are flowing and I listen carefully as she tells me the last time she skied Whistler mountain was in 1978. That was 40 years ago! I hadn’t even done one ski run yet and I had found… Read more
Being a beach bum doesn’t always smell like salt water. We had been travelling for days without a proper shower. As I excitedly walked towards the bathroom with the shampoo in my hands, there is a soft knock on the door. A Hawaiian man smiles at me kindly and starts explaining the situation in the calmest voice: Hawaiian hotel staff: “I believe you have to evacuate the hotel mam.” Confused self: “And why is that?” Hawaiian hotel staff: “There is a Tsunami warning. Everything is going to be okay, you just need to get to higher ground.” Shower deprived self: “Do I have time for a shower at least?” Hawaiian hotel staff: “Not really, it’s best to evacuate now.” The Tsunami Evacuation What ?? Why is he so calm about this? In the moment of a second, it’s like a… Read more
I’ve heard of the horseshoe bend maybe one time before this trip. But I had seen countless pictures of this U shape looking river in the middle of the desert. I never thought I would actually make it to the edge of those cliffs and be able to witness such a wonderful sight.
I don’t know about you but I hate being scared. I like to take that feeling of insecurity and deal with it. I try to turn it into a learning experience: you’re scared of heights? Go bungee jumping. You’re scared of the ocean? Take a swimming lesson. This is your life and you can do anything you want with it. Take it, change it, make it what you want it to be.
You only have one day in Phoenix, Arizona and you don’t know what to do? Drive to the Grand Canyon! The drive takes about 3.5 hours, visit the Grand Canyon in 3 hours, drive back in another 3.5 hours. That is a fully charged 10 hour road trip that will leave you speechless.
Spontaneous decisions It was a Thursday in April and I decided to buy tickets for Phoenix, Arizona for the coming Sunday. Last minute trips are always the most interesting. By the time you know it and with little planning, my partner and I took off for one of the 7 wonders of the world. From Whistler, British Columbia, to Arizona and the Utah, here’s how we visited the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park in 5 days. Getting from Vancouver, BC to Phoenix, Arizona We decided to take a really early flight from Vancouver to Phoenix on the Sunday, so that we can have most of the day to explore once we land in Arizona. The sun was barely rising when our flight left Vancouver at 6 am. We had a short stopover of 40 minutes… Read more
This road trip was not one of luxury or materialistic value. What really counted this time was what we were going to see, not the comfort level of our hotel bed. We chose to stay at a hostel in Flagstaff for the first couple of nights since it seemed like the best cost effective way to stay close to the Grand Canyon’s entrance without paying tourist prices. Staying in a hotel located close to any National Park would not only be pretty expensive but also very busy. We got to our hostel at sunset and we were excited to settle in to prepare for the next day’s adventure. An older looking man greeted us and he was immediately very friendly and helpful. One of the first things he tells us is that this hostel is haunted as the owners of the… Read more