Celebrating 300 skydives in Mexico

I recently got to skydive on vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico again! Some friends of ours work with Skydive Vallarta in the winters, so it made perfect sense to combine skydiving and our tropical vacation. This past skydiving season had been particularly slow because of poor weather and our busy schedules, so I welcomed the…

Yelapa – a hidden(ish) gem near Puerto Vallarta

Yelapa is a small boat access town off the beaten path near Puerto Vallarta.  These two town shares the same bay. Although Yelapa is on the coast, the towering mountains keep roads away, which gives it a remote island-feel. This town does have a daily influx of tourists on boat trips from Puerto Vallarta that…

Florida: Kayaking, Biking, Swimming with Dolphins, and More

Orlando, Florida: Kayaking, Biking, Swimming with Dolphins, and More When you think of Orlando, you often think of theme park. No one can deny the pure excitement of a Disneyland day or a weekend at Universal Studios, there’s so much more to Florida than rollercoasters and hotdogs. Beyond that, Orlando is home to many nature…

Florida: swimming with manatees and a drift scuba dive

We recently visited Orlando, Florida for a trip to Disney with our friends and their kids. In my books, no trip is complete without a bit of adventure. I was hoping to do some scuba diving, but the coast in this area didn’t have the best diving – instead we found something better! My mom…

Algonquin in Four Days: Tim, Rosebary, Longbow Lakes and Tim River

As is tradition, in mid-August, we took off to Algonquin for a mother-daughter backcountry camping trip. Our itinerary was two nights on Rosebary Lake with a day trip to Longbow Lake, and one night on Tim Lake. Day 1 – Friday We left the GTA early and arrived at the permit office by 9:15am. The…

Beach adventure on horseback: Lake Ontario

It has been a slow year for horseback riding. Unfortunately, last fall Miss Scout pulled the check ligament and the superior digital flexor tendon in both front legs. At the time and because she was, I thought it was the end of her riding career. She recovered better than expected with the help of great…

San Pedro, Belize: secret beach, scuba diving and swimming with sharks

The last leg of our Belize trip was to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye - off the coast of mainland Belize. We split our trip between the mainland and the islands off the coast of Belize. There is such a contrast between continental life and life on the islands in Belize, but it is worth seeing…

Exploring the ancient Lamanai Ruins of Belize

A short walk through a dense jungle canopy and we emerged to Mayan ruins towering above us – almost like a walk back in time. The monkeys could be heard howling around us while they protested our early morning arrival. We were at Lamanai Ruins in Belize. This tour is offered by a number of…