Mexico - The Artsy Collection

With the whole week spending quality time with friends and family and in addition to soaking the sun at the pool, I never got a chance to explore much of the resort.  But here are a couple snap shots of what I was able to capture of Moon Palace and the island of Isla Mujeres.  Mexico will always be a special place for Frances and myself and it will definitely be a place we both would love to go back to. 

West Coast Trail 2015

One of the most popular hikes in western Canada would have to be The West Coast Trail.  Located on Vancouver Island, the trail is a 75 kilometer stretch where hikers can explore the temperate rain forest, sandy beaches, Canadian wildlife, and historical shipwrecks. Here’s we’ve documented our 6 day journey through the WCT.

Wasootch Peak

Our friend Pat was back in town for the May long weekend and to celebrate his birthday. Part of the bday festivities included hitting up the mountains and hiking a trail for the day. The trail that Pat choose was Wasootch Peak in beautiful Kananaskis, Alberta.  According to various hiking websites, it is suppose to be an "easy" hike .  The only real risk was, as many seasoned campers may know, the May long weekend usually means snow, rain, or the unexpected!  This hike was planned weeks in advance, so we were all praying for sunny weather.  Unfortunately the forecast called for rain, so we kind of knew what we were getting ourselves into, well we thought we did...

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The actual trail wasn't bad at all, but the rainy conditions and the breezy weather didn't make the hike as enjoyable as we hoped.  Clearly everyone isn't a big fan of the rain....

.... but after a hard fought journey and assurance that we'd reach the top in 10 mins after every 5 mins (it turned out to be 20 or 30 mins) we finally made it to the top!  Well half of us did, some of us had to turn back, especially when some of them saw snow.  But hey, could you blame them? Everyone was soaking wet and snow wasn't going to make it easier.  So what was my motivation?  I was looking forward to eating my Jelly Belly's when I got to the top, haha.

So since it was Pat's birthday, Jeff couldn't resist playing a nostalgic game from our university days - "Bro's Icing Bro's" which basically meant Pat had to chug a bottle of Smirinoff Ice.

After all that rain, snow, and cursing,  we definitely needed to celebrate reaching the top with a classic group photo.  Although, Pat looks a little uncomfortable.

Arriba, Abajo, Al Centro, Adentro!

Last May, Frances and I traveled to Peru for 25 days.  It was definitely a life changing experience.  So since it's been a year, we decided to integrate and re-edit our old Peru blog to this site.  Let's call this post the "Peru Remastered Edition"

Highway 566

If you ever drive past Highway 566 near Balzac and Center Street, you may have noticed a graveyard full of old farm equipment.  The yard is full of old wagons and interesting yard art made of used welded materials. 

I drive past it so many times and had always wanted to take a closer look.  So one day I stopped to take a photo from a distance.  Lucky enough I ran into the landowner, he actually allowed me to hop the fence and snap a few pics.

It’s pretty neat what you can see when you take a closer look…

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Made in Montana

These photo's pretty much show a unique side from our trip.  What I enjoyed a lot about this year's Whitefish trip is it wasn't just about the skiing, but the unique experiences and people we encountered in town.  For the first time we were able to embrace the “Whitefish Winter Carnaval.” The festivities happened between February 6-8 with this year's theme honouring the veterans.  It was inspiring talking to some of the locals,  each had a unique story to tell. You would see the tremendous pride they have for their country and for the people that serve in the military.  We even met one proud local that had a “Made in Montana” tattoo and wasn’t afraid to show it!

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Moose!

With the rain pouring and lack luster ski conditions forecasted during the rest of our stay, we made most of it chilling indoors and exploring what the rest of Whitefish had to offer.  Luckily for us, the Whitefish Winter Carnival was happening that same weekend, which allowed us to celebrate this annual festival with many of the locals & tourists.

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Whitefish

Last weekend a group of friends and I crossed the border down to Whitefish, Montana for our annual ski trip.  I've been to Whitefish for the past 8 years and the snow has always been spectacular.  Unfortunately the forecast called for rain that weekend.  Despite the drizzle of rain, we were able to strap on the ski gear and hit the slopes for the day.  The conditions were wet and slushy for sure, but that didn't stop us from hitting a few jumps and exploring the mountain.