Storms and Sunshine

There are those events in life that bring pain and storms – storms of emotions that are challenging to navigate through, even with the help of a compass. As we move through the storm, we may not see the clearing ahead. We forget the calm after the storm because we’re doing everything we can in…

Ripple Rock Trail – Vancouver Island, British Columbia

The Story of Ripple Rock Ripple Rock, or “Old Rip” as it was called – was one of the most “notorious marine hazards in North America”. The twin-peaked rock in Seymour Narrows took many ships and lives. In 1958, the largest man-made, non-nuclear explosion in history removed the rock, allowing for safe passage. The Trail…

Half Marathon Goal – Postponed to 2021

Half Marathon My goal was to run the Valley Harvest Half Marathon, on Sunday, October 11th, 2020 in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. 21.1km. However, I won’t be in Nova Scotia for the marathon, so I had to withdraw. Rethinking Goal – New Half Marathon As my husband and I transition from British Columbia to settle in Nova…

My Adventure With Six White-Tailed Deer

Mama Deer I arrived at a friend’s home to take photos of my husband’s co-owed airplane stored in a barn on the property. When I pulled into the driveway, I was greeted by a deer! She didn’t seemed bothered by me, in the least. I was able to get pretty close to her. I thought…

Humpback Whales – Sutil Channel, Discovery Islands Archipelago

Big Animal Encounters I joined a four hour whale watching tour with Big Animal Encounters. Dressed in warm dry suits, we boarded the zodiac, Fast Forward and headed out towards Sutil Channel, a channel within the Discovery Islands archipelago. Humpback Whales Today’s humpbacks were sleepy and lazy, slowly swimming around the channel. The only bit…

Orcas – Sutil Channel, Discovery Islands Archipelago

Big Animal Encounters I joined a four hour whale watching tour with Big Animal Encounters. Dressed in warm dry suits, we boarded the zodiac, Fast Forward and headed out towards Sutil Channel, a channel within the Discovery Islands archipelago. Orcas This was a surprising visit, as our captain indicated that orcas are not regular visitors…

Steller Sea Lions – Sutil Channel, Discovery Islands Archipelago

Big Animal Encounters I joined a two hour tour with Big Animal Encounters in hopes to see humpback whales. Two hours isn’t enough time to travel north within the Discovery Islands archipelago, where whales are guaranteed to be seen. However, humpbacks have been swimming in the Sutil Channel, a location relatively close to the dock….