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This is the top question I get asked when people learn I skydive. And the answer is a resounding, yes – actually I prefer to. In the skydiving world, some people make spare cash or even have full time jobs as packers. Meaning, they pack main parachutes all day for tandems, sport jumpers, coaches and students. If you are willing to follow the good weather and turn out LOTS of pack jobs… Read More

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, a weekend away was what I needed. No cellphone reception and relaxing by the lake sounded perfect! We… Read More

  A moment of silence, as I stepped back and let myself fall. It was a new sensation and almost peaceful. It was not my first time jumping from a helicopter, but maybe the first time I really appreciated the experience. For a non-skydiver, falling out of a plane or helicopter might seem like nearly the same experience, but they are actually quiet difference. Many skydivers try a helicopter jump because they… Read More

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 find something local to do. As I generally prefer forests to cities, we decided to do some… Read More

The skydiving season trickled to a start this year.  Unlike other skydivers, I jump with some regularity through the winter, so for me it was a slow start to the season with sporadic jumping in March and April. Dropzones start Safety Days in May, which often marks the beginning of another season. Safety days are an opportunity for all experienced jumpers (or fun jumpers) to run through safety procedures and discuss best… Read More

I recently experienced the Niagara wine scene by bike – a pretty cool experience. I took my mom on a wine tour with Grape Escape bike tours for her birthday. This company appealed to me because it married being physically active with wine…I mean what doesn’t sound good about that? Our tour was on a Sunday afternoon and promised to be about 20km with four wineries stops. The beginning of the bike… Read More

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

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