We were trying to remember when we went on our first dive vacation and discovered that it was exactly 9 years prior (to the week) to our recent trip to Jamaica. That trip was to the Bird Rock Beach hotel in St. Kitts to visit my brother Ian. He was running the diving operations at the hotel and we managed to mooch off him for a week of free diving. We also charged all of our food and drinks to his room so that we could get his staff discount. It was an amazing week of diving and we had a great time. I … Continue Reading ››
This will be a much more informative post than I normally write, where the message is more important than the photo. In fact, I only took the photo as an excuse to play with my DIY Macro Studio and my lighting gear. This is important, so pay attention! I recently suffered through that terrible sinking feeling that you only get when you slowly come to the realization that something has gone horribly wrong. Louise went into the office to use our old desktop computer and found only a black screen. Melanie had been playing a game on it … Continue Reading ››
After Mark & Chantalâ€™s Wedding in Sarnia we drove through Algonquin Park to get to the cottage, and we took some time out to do a couple of short hikes. We stopped at Hardwood Lookout and at Spruce Bog Boardwalk. Both were beautiful and definitely worth doing, but it made for a much longer drive than we expectedâ€¦
We went out to Kananaskis to see Elbow Falls. Sadly the falls were underwhelming, crowded, and too man-made, so we went looking for a trail to hike instead. Just around the corner from the falls is a trail called the Beaver Lodge trail. Itâ€™s a lovely walk through a pretty forest and along several Beaver ponds. Not only far better than Elbow Falls, but worthy of a hike on its own merits too!
We went hiking at Sunshine Meadows with the Nott Family and Monica (and Kenneth). The day started off great as we came across a timber wolf on the road into the base of the mountain. He was out for a morning stroll and completely ignored us while we stopped to a take a few picturesâ€¦ We met up with the rest of the gang at the base and boarded the first bus up to the day lodge. During the ski season there is a gondola running between the parking lot and the ski lodge, but in the summer you have to take an old school bus up a long, windy, and … Continue Reading ››