To Stehekin and Back

Recently returned from the North Cascades, our memories of peaks, passes and lakes are still fresh. Keyla and myself are lucky to have experienced such beauty, serenity, solitude. We were dwarfed by peaks, swam in cold lakes and hiked many miles on the well-maintained network within the North Cascades National Park as well as the…

Nicaragua

In April, we left for a 10 day getaway to a slightly different destination: Nicaragua! Intrigued by good flight connections and affordable prices in the country, we also listened to friends who had enjoyed the country multiple times … so we were excited to get off the beaten “Mexico” or “Palm Springs” path. We don’t…

Read Books

A couple of years ago, I heard of a journalist setting himself a goal to read one book every week for a whole year. I thought that was very ambitious but nevertheless a great motivation to read more (less computer/phone screen time, we need it!). I modified this goal for myself and vowed to read…

This past winter …

The winter was another good one! LOTS and lots of snow, both around Kelowna (Big White ski area, Nordic xc ski area) and in the Rockies (two trips to Wheeler Hut, one to Asulkan Hut). I do not miss the resort/downhill skiing at all, skinning uphill and earning the powder turns is just too much…

Finally Africa …

It has been way too long in the making, and now that I am here I can’t imagine not having Africa in my life in one way or another. Half way through my time in Malawi, I am trying to figure out how to come back. There will be more posts with stories and pictures…

Summer 2017

I can’t believe we are already “looking back” at the summer. Two amazing hikes, a long RV trip, some racing and it’s almost over. Wow … And anybody who doesn’t believe in climate change hasn’t seen the changes in the Okanagan Valley or Washington State. We now have temperatures above 30C from the end of…

Books I enjoyed …

Because I just put this list together for a friend, I thought I post it here. Below are a few books I have enjoyed reading in the last few years, with 4 of my all-time favorites on top! I tend to focus more on non-fiction but understand that my topics might not be other people’s…

And … it’s gone …

The snow is gone and has made room for dry roads, sunny afternoons and road cycling weather! I feel like I maximized the time in the white fluff, with lots of skate ski outings, backcountry ski training mornings (Big White) and the big trips to Sol Mountain in December and on the Wapta Icefield in…