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How to Plan the Camino de Santiago Walk

This post is sponsored by Moon Travel Guides. Planning the 780 kilometre Camino de Santiago walk across northern Spain just got a whole lot easier. In April 2019 Moon Travel Guides released a new book - Moon Camino de Santiago: Sacred Sites, Historic Villages, Local Food & Wine in a format every walker will appreciate. Back in 2007 when my daughter hiked the Camino de Santiago for the first time, it was next to impossible…

Book Review: 110 Nature Hot Spots in Manitoba & Saskatchewan

The book 110 Nature Hot Spots in Manitoba and Saskatchewan will forever change your perception of the provinces. I don't know how many times I have heard the comment - there is nothing to see or do on the prairies. Guess again. Both provinces are home to rich eco-systems. You just might have to look a little harder than in the Rockies. To that end Jenn Smith Nelson and Doug O'Neill, two talented Canadian travel…

125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

It took 15 months to give birth to my second book - 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta - The Best Parks, Conservation Areas and Wild Places, co-authored with my friend Debbie Olsen, who in fairness wrote a whole lot more of the book than I did. I swore after my first book I'd never write a second. It's just like babies; you forget about the sleepless nights, the lack of free time, the bleary…

Book Review: 25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit

What happens when you take one of Canada's top travel and family writers (Jody Robbins), add a dash of ambition and two years of commitment? You get one heck of an awesome travel book packed with tips, advice and inspiration for families that love to go places. Jody's book, 25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit deserves a place on your bookshelf for dreaming and planning and one in the car for last minute ideas when you're already on…

Book Review: Halton & Caledon Loops & Lattes

Nicola Ross is now the author of two books. The first book published in 2015 - Caledon Hikes - Loops and Lattes describes 37 loop hikes in the Caledon region northwest of Toronto. Her most recent book - Halton Hikes - Loops and Lattes does the same thing but covers the area from Erin south through Milton all the way to Hamilton and east to Mississauga. Through trial and error, and as she explains - lots of wrong…

Book Review: A Tour of Mont Blanc & Other Circuitous Adventures

Reading A Tour of Mont Blanc and Other Circuitous Adventures in Italy, France and Switzerland was a trip down memory lane for me. My daughter and I hiked the TMB in the summer of 2011, starting precisely where David Le Vay, the author began his journey. His reasons for going were different than mine but we both had similar experiences. David was nearing his 50th birthday when he and a buddy made a New Year's Eve…

Book Review: After the Wind, Tragedy on Everest

Remember the book Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer about the Everest tragedy in 1996? Well here's another equally riveting account by Lou Kasischke, a member of Krakauer's climbing team. Called After the Wind: Tragedy on Everest, One Survivor's Story, it's a book I couldn't put down. Although Kasischke wrote an account of the disaster 17 years ago, it's just recently he was ready to share his version of the events in book form. His…

Book Review: United Breaks Guitars by Dave Carroll

Dave Carroll, the talented writer and performer behind one of the most watched You Tube videos of all time - United Breaks Guitars - recently added the title of author to his bio. United Breaks Guitars - The Power of One Voice in the Age of Social Media is an engaging and highly readable account of his frustrating experience with United Airlines customer service after they broke his guitar en route to a concert he was…

Book Review: The Mackenzie River Guide

Have you ever considered paddling, either by kayak or canoe, Canada's longest river - The Mackenzie River? If you haven't, you will after reading Michelle Swallow's The Mackenzie River Guide: A Paddler's Guide to Canada's Longest River. Michelle takes you on an 1,850 kilometre journey that with good weather and moderate mileage, will take you a minimum of 48 days to complete - assuming you start in Hay River on Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories…

Book Review: Crossing the Heart of Africa by Julian Smith

I contacted Julian Smith and asked if there was any way I could get hold of Crossing the Heart of Africa: An Odyssey of Love and Adventure before it was released. Indeed I could and did 24 hours later. Crossing the Heart of Africa weaves the true story of 19th century explorer Ewart Grogan with Julian's own journey following Grogan's footsteps. Grogan's two year adventure from Cape Town to Cairo in 1898-99 was done for…

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