Category Wilderness

Powell River beckons

Today was a fantastic day to be a librarian. I went to the monthly Leadership Team meeting and felt a strange confidence in sharing thoughts around vigilance in keeping our patrons alert in light of overdose (there is a dilemma whether Librarians should actually administer Naloxone vs. the implications on the City if things go […]

Haida Gwaii Roadtrip (Part Two)

Our luck with good weather continued on Haida Gwaii (see Part One), as we headed down to Aliford Bay for our adventure with Moresby Explorers. We were fortunate to get some spots on a one-day tour of Louise Island by zodiac. While it’s not officially in the Gwaii Haanas reserve, it’s still a Unesco heritage […]

Haida Gwaii Roadtrip (Part One)

Now that I’m back in the city, connected in to the news and all the strange happenings and acts of ignorance in the world, my recent roadtrip to Haida Gwaii with Scott feels a bit surreal. Nonetheless, what a wonderful retreat and adventure it was! We left Vancouver in the wee hours of the morning […]

Stein Valley wilderness hike

In preparation for a multi-day hike along the Stein Valley trail, Scott and I stocked up on various lightweight treats and meals. We were lucky in that Scott had received some pretty generous gifts from his students’ parents, including a MEC gift card, along with bottles of wine (pour moi… the non-straight-edge member of the […]

Deus ex Machina for Debbie

It was my 39th birthday on Tuesday September 27th, and I went to work knowing that I had a fun weekend getaway to Los Angeles planned, leaving on Thursday evening. The ceiling in the library was still exposed after our recent deluge, but it appeared that the old pipes had been repaired and that everything […]

Vancouver Island (Part 2): Stranded in Sointula with the Salt of the Earth

If you want your faith in humanity restored, I highly recommend having a mechanical breakdown on a remote island, perhaps inhabited by a community established by a former Finnish utopia and see what happens. That experience is essentially the highlight of my latest motorcycle trip with Scott. After exploring Vancouver Island (see Part One), primarily via backroad […]

Vancouver Island (Part 1): Backroads and Beauty

The original plan a year ago was to hoard my vacation days and do an epic trip around the National Parks of the U.S. That didn’t quite work out this year, although it’s still on my bucket list. Instead, Scott and I decided to stay somewhat local, and explore our beautiful province in more detail. […]