Last fall I discovered McCrae Lake while searching for an adventure activity near the cottage. The cottage is great, but I can only relax so long before looking for something to do. Fall at McCrae Lake was beautiful and led to my first HIGH cliff jumping experience – like 82 feet high! Spring at McCrae Lake did not disappoint. McCrae Lake has a reputation for more rowdy campers because of its… Read More
“That is my favourite sound,” I said. “What is?” “Just listen,” I explained and as we stopped talking the sound of frogs calling through the forest became clear. For me their chirping is a reminder of summer camping trips deep in the bush, paddling down winding rivers under the hot sun or hikes on a crisp spring morning as the sun warms the forest. It is the dawning of a new… Read More
It was my birthday, my mom had agreed to try her first skydive, it was beautiful and warm out – I was pretty freaking pumped. My mom would be doing a tandem with the instructor who taught me to skydive. Coincidentally, he is also the instructor I desperately do not want to disappoint. At the time I had just over 100 jumps and he offered to let me jump with my first… Read More
Well, not really. Grow up. Graduate from university. Work hard. Get that job or the promotion you have been hoping for. Make car payments. Buy a house. Be responsible. But remember to embrace the feeling of never growing up. Just because you are responsible, don’t forget to stop and appreciate the small things. Is something intriguing you? Want to try something new? Actually do it! Embrace the fun. Did you just drive… Read More
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 the Georgian Bay and the rocky scenery struck me as likely to have jumping rocks. Googling lead… Read More
I have decided with the abundance of waterfalls in a short distance of me, I should get out and visit them. I often forget about the places to explore in my own backyard. We visited Balls Falls at the end of August to find it completely dried up. The drought in Ontario has not only been hard on farmers, but many of the waterfalls in the area are suffering too. The falls… Read More
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 the beach, if you go in the evening the caves are relatively quiet. I was also pleasantly… Read More
It is interesting how goals change over time. As I step back from the show ring, more and more I realize what I have been missing out on from the equestrian industry. A large portion of my 11 years of horse ownership involved competing in the hunter ring at the national level. I would not trade those experiences, but I have to say finding new things to do with my horse is awesome… Read More
Adventure does not necessarily mean travelling the world. People often forget about the hidden gems in our own backyards – I am a culprit of this too. So when a friend told me about an abandoned water park and hotel I could visit within a 30 minute drive of home, I was pretty excited. The location is Prudhommes Landing – once a popular destination teeming with visitors. Now stands a dark decaying… Read More
Living in Canada tends to limit our skydiving season with all but one dropzone closed for the winter. Although it’s not my regular DZ, I have done a few jumps there and was pretty excited they were jumping last weekend. I officially did my first February jump! As luck would have it, it also was my first time “landing off.” A nice way of saying I screwed up, got lost in a… Read More
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