Live Your Dreams

I am a dreamer.

I am an explorer.

I am a climber.

Climbing, Australia, Travel, South Mole Island

Ever since I was a little girl I have been drawn to high places. It didn’t really matter what – trees, boulders, cliffs – they all called my name, daring me to climb up and behold the wonders that they were saving for me at their summits. And while my illusions of invincibility slowly crumbled away with my youth, this magnetic need to get to the top has never wavered.

I stumbled across this eye-catching feature during an afternoon hike on South Molle Island in Australia. All it took was one look and I knew I had to get to the top. So, I kicked off my flipflops and got to it.

Today’s post was inspired by this week’s Photo Challenge by The Daily Post:
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12 Things I Learned in New York

New York City. The center of the universe…

And yet somehow, I’d never managed to get there until now! This always surprises people. I’ve traveled around the world more than once, been to over 20 countries and literally spent the last 4 years living just on the other side of the border – but I’d never been to New York? What?! I know, I know – ridiculous.

But I’ve finally made it and the verdict is in Continue reading 12 Things I Learned in New York

Defying the Odds

This celebratory photo was taken at the exciting moment serendipity decided to intervened and point us in the right direction!

Prague, Europe, Euro-trip, serendipity

When Kaitlin and I left our hostel that day in Prague we thought we had a map. Turns out, we didn’t! But we didn’t let that stop us on our mission to find the Prague Train Station (Hlavni Nadrazi). We picked a random direction and set out, relying on some sleuthing and our gut intuition, knowing the odds were against us.

You can imagine our delight when we stumbled upon this sign!

This post was inspired by this weeks photo challenge: Against the Odds

Snow, Love & Lake Louise: My Banff National Park Adventure

In December Dave headed out west to fulfill his travel aspiration of spending the ski season in Lake Louise. I supported him (even though it meant 3.5 months apart) because keeping someone close to you involves supporting their dreams, even if that means loving them from a distance for a while.

Luckily, Lake Louise is one of  the most beautiful places in Canada so it wasn’t very difficult to convince me to come out for a visit (despite my preference for sunshine and bikinis over snowpants and wind chill). I spent the 1st week of February there and every moment was breathtaking.

Dave and I don’t mess around when we holiday. Banff National Park boasts pretty much every winter activity out there and we wanted to try them all!

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My Shadow Self

I’ve always liked to play around with shadows in my photography and over the years I’ve photographed myself personified by shadow on more than one occasion. This shot is unique because it captures my first flirtation with the shadow selfie concept, way back in 2010, before the prominence of smart phones had made selfies an every day thing. I was thrilled by the contrast my body cast amidst the bright orange sand of the red centre of Australia’s outback as the sun set behind me.

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Inspiration for this post courtesy of this week’s Photo Challenge: Shadow

Wanderlust Vs Adulting

Over the last several years I’ve had two very strong, mutually exclusive desires:

The ever present and often overwhelming urge to rent a storage locker, pack my Toronto life into it and set out across the globe without a care in the world…

And…

The simultaneous desire to move out of my houseshare and rent myself a beautiful one bedroom “grown up” apartment which I can fill with nice furniture that I don’t’ have to put together myself, with beautifully decorated walls and a dining table I could throw dinner parties on… Continue reading Wanderlust Vs Adulting

4 Days in Paradise – Canoe Tripping Algonquin Provincial Park

A bit of paddling, a bit of portaging and a bottle of Ardbeg

I recently spent 4 spectacular days in Algonquin Provincial Park (about 4 hours north of Toronto).

It was somehow my first venture into the park in all the years I’ve lived in Toronto and it was well overdue! The park is beyond amazing and the lakes we chose were perfect, still and felt like they belonged to us!

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Spectacular Redrock Lake

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