Tayrona Park: a jungle and beach adventure in Colombia

  When the opportunity to camp in a jungle, on the side of a mountain, overlooking a beach in Colombia came up, the obvious answer was YES! Now I should clarify that this was glamping and some very nice glamping at that! We stayed in the Ecohabs in Tayrona Park.  Tayrona offers stunning expanses of…

A hike to a frozen waterfall: Tews Falls

I get a little stir crazy during the winter months. Canadian winters can be too long. Recently we have received a warm spell in February, between freezing temperatures. I try and use this as an opportunity to get out and hike. There are lots of hidden gems in our own backyards. I often forget the…

Algonquin in Three Days: Magnetawan, Hambone, Daisy Lake

  We arrived at Algonquin Park on a crispy morning with a bright blue sky. I was looking forward to disconnecting and using the time to enjoy nature. I did not get to Algonquin the previous year, so this weekend was anticipated. After a busy summer of skydiving, a hectic work schedule and busy weekends,…

Waterfalls and canyons: Starved Rock State Park

A lack of waterfalls can sometimes be beautiful. It is a reminder to have an open mind to different possibilities in life. We were in Ottawa, Illinois and looking for something to do. Skydiving had brought us to the area, but clouds had put us on hold. Our options were to drive to Chicago or…

Cliff jumping and adrenaline: McCrae Lake

If you have not figured it out by now, I am not one to back down from a challenge. Even when everyone else thinks it’s a crazy. One of my adventure checklist items is cliff jumping.  I’ve jumped from small cliffs, but never a “real” cliff. This summer I had been to a cottage on…

Underground adventure: Warsaw Caves

Spelunking.  Although I prefer being above ground or in the sky, I have always been intrigued by the idea of exploring caves.  I tried Scenic Caves and enjoyed it, but I wanted to try caving in a more natural setting.   Enter Warsaw Caves. Although this place is REALLY busy on weekends for camping and…

Algonquin in Three Days: Rock Lake, Penn Lake, Clydegale Lake, Madawaska River

I thought a backcountry Algonquin Trip was not in the cards this year, but guess what? I managed to squeeze one in.  If you would like to read some of my musings about Algonquin and the trip check out my guest post on the Algonquin Outfitters blog. Read on for a trip log of our three day…

Kayaking at Guelph Lake Conservation Area.

Unfortunately this year was not great for backcountry camping. Between school, internships, skydiving and life in general, it just didn’t happen. I am still attempting to plan something for the fall, but day trips may be it this year. I talked about hiking at Rattlesnake Point, but another great place is the Guelph Lake Conservation…