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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 accessibility…. Read More

  During our trip to Ecuador we spent one day white water rafting the Amazon River basin outside Tena, Ecuador. Our tour was pre-arranged by the local guides and the rafting company, Rios Ecuador, they picked was fantastic. We enjoyed a day rafting the Jatunyacu River on class 3 rapids. Our group was large, so they split us into an experienced and beginner group.  Both our groups rafted the same river, but… 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 season…. Read More

  The sun was glimmering off the ocean below and I felt a warm breeze on my face. As I turned for final approach I scanned the beach below for hazards. There are certainly no lack on them; a volleyball net, palapas, rocks, palm trees, buildings, pools and beach goers paying no attention to us flying above. I finally got to do my first beach jump, which has been on my list of… Read More

A warm salty breeze, crashing waves and the glow of a setting sun – I could not imagine a better backdrop to a horseback ride down the beach. We were visiting San Pancho in Nayarit, Mexico.  Although this town is about 45 minutes from Puerto Vallarta, it is worth the drive for a taste of local culture, food and a beautiful beach.  San Pancho is still frequented by tourists, but those who… Read More

I’m surprised by how many people told me to stay near the hotels in Mexico. Resorts are beautiful, but you do not get the true feeling of a country on one. Always be cautious, but you can certainly journey off the resort. Just be aware of your surroundings and travel with someone you trust. Not only is the experience likely to be more fulfilling, but guess what? It is also more affordable. During our… Read More

For those of us that skydive regularly, jumping can be therapeutic.

It is a brief escape from the 9 to 5 and a wonderful way to recharge. This past weekend, a fellow skydive said “this is better than going for a massage.” A good way of explaining the relaxation that comes from jumping.

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

My highest skydive is 14,000 and now I can say the highest I have stood on earth is 15,953 feet high.  An unique achievement which is thanks to my visit to Cotopaxi Volcano in Ecuador. We visited Cotopaxi during our G Adventures tour in Ecuador.  I would highly recommend a visit if you are ever in that area of Ecuador. The volcano is often active (one of the most active in Ecuador… Read More

“Well, if they run away, we have about 20 minutes to get to higher ground.” We were halfway up an active volcano in Banos, Ecuador, standing in the “canyon,” where pyroclastic flows travel during an eruption. The area was lush and green with puffy white clouds hanging in the moist air; making it easy to forget we were standing on a volcano. The black crumbling earth below our feet, however, was a… Read More

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