Category Wilderness

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 […]

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

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 Backroads and Beauty (Part 1)

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. […]

Pioneer Road to Kingdom Lake

This past week Scott and I loaded up our motorbikes to explore some places I’ve been meaning to visit not far from Vancouver. We both ride Honda dual sports, and mine was created from two different bikes – a 1985 XR600R (engine) and a 1985 XL600R (frame). It’s essentially a street legal dirtbike, kickstart-only, and […]

Letters to the Editors Launch

Just over a month ago in Berlin, my friend Anna Szaflarski launched a book featuring a collection of writings from her self-published journal called Letters to the Editors. My essay on the desert mothers “Women in the Wilderness” was included, and now she’s coming to Vancouver to do a second book launch. So, May is looking pretty […]