How to Avoid Tourists? And Enjoy the Hiking in Western Canada

Recently, a good friend from down south of the border reached out to ask the inevitable question when traveling to a fellow friend’s country… “what are the best places to go hiking in Vancouver? and where are some good places to eat?” followed by “can you advise us on the same in Banff? Oh Yeah……

Hobbies; Where do You Get Them From?

This morning as we sat down for leftover Indian lunch I looked over my plate of food and said, “Hey wife, I was thinking maybe I should get a new hobby?” She giggled and pointed to my cellphone then replied, “Isn’t playing chess online your hobby?” Looking up I starred at her then back at…

A Spring Hike Along a Forestry Road in Nordegg, Alberta

“About eight years ago, my wife and I lived in South Korea and…” I started telling my story to the red masked bandit about this time when I decided to drive out to Nordegg, Alberta Canada to go on a spring hiking trip. Let’s quickly backup… In January 2012 my wife and I moved to…

Preparations for Mountain Week

Six hours ago, I spent twenty-five minutes preparing a list of what to bring versus what not to bring on a week long hiking, mountain biking excursion which will take place for three-days in Canmore, Alberta just outside of Banff National Park followed by a couple days in Jasper National Park at a Sunwapta Falls…

Today’s Lesson Learned is About Adventure Hiking in Mexico

There are rules every hiker knows and should obey when they set out to wander through a bush, forest or land which they are both unfamiliar with and/or familiar with, these rules are; Tell someone who is not on the hike where you are going. This includes approximate time getting onto the trail, how long…

Driving on an Unmarked Backcountry Road in Search of a Tall Tree

Seven point five kilometres northwest of Port Renfrew is an unmarked road which if you drive it, it will take you to a place where trees have been growing for thousands of years.  These trees are of the cedar variety and can grow over 11metres in circumference! The area is now known as Avatar Grove…

Two Trailheads, One Dedication and a Spectacular Viewpoint

After the five minute run down with base camp ranger Bob, about the “do’s and dont’s” of Telegraph Cove Campground, we hopped into the car and drove up to our site.  Looking over site #E104, we came to terms with its layout as long as we moved the picnic table over and laid our tent…

Really… It is November!

Okay… so I have been slacking off during the summer months, collecting my thoughts, getting geared up, going into the mountains, traveling about the countryside, sharing my ideas with anyone and looking for the next Road Trip, in my schedule. What I failed to do is write in this blog. What I can tell you,…

Getting Lost in 2-way Portable Radio Communications

In passing through the web, you may have accidentally come across the term “ham radio“, and like myself you probably ignored the term and just kept on surfing the web. As it turns out, about four years ago, I started working for a small telecommunications company whose sole purpose is selling 2-way radio networks, designed networks,…

Slippery Slope of Standards

It’s without pretension in my voice that I tried to move away from the kitchen table at 9:02am but my arse was glued to the sticky cushion after breakfast. Tired beyond recognition, I sat facing another long Saturday without plans. Reviewing the two novels resting on the dilapidated kitchen table, my brains pondering how I…