Winter Wonderland Weekend | Jasper National Park

One of my best friends, Ellen moved to a teeny town outside Edmonton a little over a year ago. I’ve seen her a few times when she’s made the trip back to Ontario, but it was high time for me to make my way west. So, when an awesome flight deal from Hamilton to Edmonton presented itself, I couldn’t say no!

We had five splendid days together where we totally embraced winter! We spent half a […]

By |February 1st, 2018|Categories: Canada|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

Hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Tongariro National Park, NZ
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is hailed as New Zealand’s most popular day hike – and for good reason! This hike traverses desert, alpine, and forest regions over 19.4km and can be done in 5-8 hours. The track runs between two volcanoes (Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe) which can both be summitted if desired. The track is open year round offering hikers the option of dry & rocky terrain in the summer, and […]

By |July 11th, 2016|Categories: New Zealand, Travel|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Mount Chacaltaya & Valle de la Luna

La Paz, Bolivia
The city of La Paz is surrounded by mountains. Everywhere you look you can see the familiar white-capped peaks in the distance. One very common activity among travelers is to climb one of the mountains – Huayna Potosi – in a 3 day/2 night trek. Considering this trek involves ice climbing and wearing crampons, Mac & I deemed it a little bit out of our experience range. Instead, we opted to go on […]

By |July 6th, 2015|Categories: Bolivia, Travel|Tags: , , , , , , , |4 Comments

Bogotá Walkabouts – Part I

Bogotá, Colombia
I thought Medellin was big. At 2.5 million people, it’s definitely not small. Then we came to Bogotá – population: ~7 million. Yeesh! Though plagued with an unfortunate history, this city has really turned a corner in safety in the last decade. Similar to Medellin, tourism is now a thriving industry and travelers are beginning to flock to the country’s capital. We stayed in the historic district of La Candelaria which was great because […]

By |April 20th, 2015|Categories: Colombia, Travel|Tags: , , , , , , , |6 Comments

A Trek to the Pines

Minca, Colombia
We had originally planned to stay 4 nights in Santa Marta, but after our Tayrona excursion there wasn’t much else that we really wanted to do in the city. Luckily, we had heard about a small coffee-town up in the mountains near Santa Marta that sounded right up our alley. We cancelled our remaining nights in Santa Marta and headed up the (very steep, dusty, winding & slightly scary) road to Minca. The hostel […]

By |April 16th, 2015|Categories: Colombia, Travel|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

Waterfalls & Swimming Holes in Santa Fe

Santa Fe, Panama
We traveled from Santa Catalina to Santa Fe and the two destinations couldn’t have been more different. Santa Catalina is a hot, dry town located on the coast with the ocean just steps away. Santa Fe, on the other hand, is nestled in the mountains and drops to a cool temperature at night which makes for ideal sleeping conditions.

Unlike Boquete, it didn’t rain at all for the 3 nights we were there! This […]

By |March 29th, 2015|Categories: Panama, Travel|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments