Pumpkinferno

Every October Upper Canada Village gets its Halloween on with Pumpkinferno. Basically, thousands of pumpkins are carved into some pretty impressive Jack o’lanterns.  The event takes place after sundown (because, you know, jack o’lantern), and is super popular. I suggest getting tickets online ahead of time, which lets you skip at least one really long…

Columbia River Gorge

Originally when I was planning my trip to the Pacific Northwest, this wasn’t on my to-do list. But I kept noticing more and more shots on Instagram of places I’d want to see, and they were all in this area. Here is something you need to know about the Columbia River Gorge area: it is…

Maine Coast: Old Haunts, New Spots

Some things are sacred. Like a late-summer trip to spend a few days lying on the beaches of Southern Maine. I just got back from my annual girls-trip to the coast with my friend Amanda. I’ve been going to Wells, Maine for these beach trips since I was a fetus* (for some TMI, find that…

World Maps

I like to envision myself on the world map when I travel. Here I am, at the northern tip of Iceland. Along the southeastern tip of James Bay. Sitting on the edge of Canada in Tofino…. The first time I did this was accidental. The first time I took a plane and went overseas, I…

36 hours in PEI

After 3 weeks of being on the road, hiking, and camping sometimes you just need to relax. We decided to leave Cape Breton to spend a day in PEI. We camped the first night near Cavendish and then decided, for the final night of the trip to be decadent and splurge on a 50$ motel…

Brief Stop in Fundy National Park

We decided to head to Cape Breton for a few days of hiking a few days after I got back from Vancouver…but Cape Breton is far. We decided to break the trip up by spending 12 hours in Fundy National Park. We camped at the Park Headquarters Campground. Last time I was in Fundy, we…

Capilano Anxiety Bridge

I’ve had this *thing* about suspension bridges for a really long time. When I was around 8 or 9 years old, I had a complete and total meltdown over crossing one. Like, nuclear meltdown, then and there in the woods. Here’s the thing: they have never scared me before. But this one triggered something I’d…

Mount Rainier, or Paradise

I fell in love with Mount Rainier National Park. I’ve seen some pretty impressive national parks and mountains over the years… but this one is special. My words won’t do it justice; John Muir managed to get closer than I can, though. “Of all the fire mountains which like beacons, once blazed along the Pacific…

Damn Fine Coffee

Clearly, the whole two days without sleep + another time zone change caught up with me this morning. I managed to get to the car rental place when they opened, and hit up the hotel’s breakfast buffet, pack, and check out. And then it hit. I had no idea what to do, where to go……

Sleep-deprived in Seattle

Last night, I slept at an airport. I spent the evening out with my cousins for food and drinks, and had a godawful early barely-morning flight to Seattle. So, basically, I shoved some couches together in a corner under some stairs, napped for 2 hours, and spent an unreasonably long time in a security line….