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Looking Back Towards The Campground

Kinbrook Island Provincial Park – A Prairie Oasis

When Alberta Parks got the go-ahead back in May to open parks for camping at half capacity beginning in June, I was intent on getting some reservations to parks and backcountry campgrounds I'd never visited before. A getaway to local provincial parks may not be as exciting as travel to far-flung places around the globe, but I am truly thrilled just to be out of Calgary and exploring a new part of Alberta. Kinbrook Island…

The Azraq Wetland Preserve

A Day Trip from Amman to the Azraq Wetland Reserve

“There’s nothing there” some told us. “Just flat desert.” However, after having our fill of culture for a week we wanted to get a little taste of Wild Jordan and were not to be deterred from visiting the Azraq Wetland Preserve. We had not seen very many bird species in the previous week and quite frankly I was feeling a little demanding about getting some birding in. As a bonus, there was a UNESCO site…

You'll Probably Hear The Sandhill Cranes Before You See Them

A Trip to see the Sandhill Cranes in Arizona

My husband John is a very good sport about joining me on adventures, whether they interest him or not. Fortunately most do. But like any marriage there needs to be give and take so since he is an avid birder I agreed to several hours of birding - mostly to see the sandhill cranes in Arizona. Whitewater Draw Specifically we visited Whitewater Draw, a globally important bird area in the southern part of the state. Don't…

Beautiful West Coast Landscape

The Sea Safari – One of the Top Day Trips in Vancouver

If you're visiting Vancouver or anywhere in the North Vancouver - Whistler corridor - and you're looking for fun Vancouver day trips then put the sea safari out of Sewell's Marina in Horseshoe Bay on the must-do list. As far as day trips in Vancouver go, it's one of the most interesting and rewarding ones out there. And kids will love it too. Here's why! Sewell's Marina, a long time business located in the Village…

Hiking In The Sierra Norte Mountains

Hiking in the Sierra Norte Mountains of Mexico

A hike is a hike is a hike. Right? Of course not. Anyone reading this blog will know there are as many types of hikes as there are models of hiking boots. There are day hikes and overnight hikes and long distance hikes. There are mountain hikes and valley hikes, inter-tidal hikes and smell-the-roses hikes. There are pilgrimages, rambles, tramps, treks, strolls; and the occasional slog. I like just about any hike, but my favourite…

Rhyolite Formations At Chiricahua National Monument

Chiricahua National Monument Hiking – On a Snowy Day

In southeastern Arizona, about a two hour drive away from Tucson you'll find the beautiful and somewhat isolated Chiricahua National Monument. Called a sky island - with mountains that rise to a height of 9,763 feet (2,978 m) above the surrounding plains, the area makes a great destination for hikers and birders. We were there in mid-December  - during a snow storm. So much for getting away from the cold of Calgary! However, it turned…

One Of The Bird Blinds At The Quill Lakes

A Birding Trip to the Quill Lakes in Saskatchewan

Ask just about anyone in Saskatchewan where the Quill Lakes are and chances are you’ll be met with blank stares. That was certainly our experience. Yet the Quill Lakes, located a few hours’ drive east of Saskatoon, are an International Bird Area – with over 300 species and 1,000,000 birds going through the area every year. Three large lakes make up the area – Big Quill Lake, Little Quill Lake and Mud Lake. The lakes…

Looking North From The Most Southerly Point In Mainland Canada

Things to Do in Point Pelee National Park, Ontario

If birding, beaches, hiking and boardwalks have appeal - some of the top things to do in Point Pelee National Park, then perhaps you'd enjoy a trip to one of Canada's smallest national parks. The park in southwestern Ontario is located at the crossroads of major migration routes, not only for birds but also butterflies, bats and dragonflies. Loop trails lead through five Carolinean habitats including dry forest, wet forest, swamp, cedar savannah, marsh and…

The Old Lighthouse On Pelee Island

How to Spend a Weekend on Pelee Island in Ontario

A weekend or more on Pelee Island, the southernmost inhabited spot in Canada, is a great place to try out the concept known as slow travel. And that's just what my husband and I, along with my mother-in-law, did over a weekend in May. This is a place where time stands still. Cellphones don't always work. And forget looking for wireless for your computer. But there are plenty of things to do if that's what…

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