What A Mountain Person Understands

Inspiration, Travel
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Nub Peak, Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia (September 2018)

“When you are a mountain person, you understand the brilliance and beauty of contradiction. The way land can be your greatest teacher. How something can be both grounding, yet elevating, intoxicating yet soothing, wild yet serene, intensely primal, yet patient, and cycling yet predictable within shifts and rhythms. Mountains keep us on edge and wrap us up in safety all at once. I don’t know of anything sweeter or more magic inducing than that.”
– Victoria Erickson

Choosing To Rebuild

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Mount Rohr, Lillooet, British Columbia (August 2018)

“There is nothing more powerful or radical or stunningly beautiful than a woman who chooses to rebuild her life day after day after day. No matter how many pieces there are to pick up or how many mistakes she must spin into gold.”
– Carol Leybe

Note To Self

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Mount Peter, Kamloops, British Columbia (October 2017)

“I am going to be that girl who wakes up with purpose and intent. I am going to be that girl who shows up and never gives up. That girl who believes anything is possible and is willing to work for it.”
– Unknown

That’s Why We Dare

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Mount Paul, Kamloops, British Columbia (September 2017)

“We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains, or swim in oceans – because we can. We have some impulse in us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings. That’s why we dare to paint, why we dare to love someone – because we have the impulse to explain who we are.”
– Maya Angelou

Wash Your Spirit Clean

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Yak Peak, British Columbia, Canada (August 2017)

“Keep nature close to your heart. …And break clear away once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” 
– John Muir

So Climb That Mountain

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Tod Mountain, Sun Peaks Resort (August 2017)

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in your office or mowing your lawn. Climb that god damn mountain.” 
– Jack Kerouac

Why Do You Go Away?

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Friendly Cove, British Columbia, Canada (August 2016)

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place from with new eyes and extra colours. And the people there see you differently too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
– Terry Pratehelt

Challenges Make Life Interesting

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Cape Scott Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada (September 2016)

“Challenges are what makes life interesting and overcoming them makes life more meaningful.”
– Joshua J. Marine

Along with five other family members, I hiked over 50+ kilometres into the Cape Scott Provincial Park nearly a week and a half ago. My mother actually did this trek twenty nine years ago, and it was a great experience to visit again with her, and celebrate my step father’s 55th birthday by a campfire with tiny cupcakes. This three day trip was one of my greatest feats yet, as I really had to push myself and learn my own limits of endurance. It was my first time hiking more than a day trip and with a very heavy pack. I have nothing but great things to say about the trip, as I saw amazing views, incredible eco-systems, slugs the size of my hand, and stunning landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. Next time I go back, it will be time to check out the North Coast Trail! Whew! But for now, take this a helpful reminder to set lots of small goals, challenge yourself to try new things, and explore EVERYWHERE.

Video Blog – May 2016

Inspiration, Study Abroad, Travel

Instead of uploading photos and telling you about what I’ve been up to, I thought this time I would show you. In three minutes and forty two seconds, you will glimpse into a month of my adventures in Breda, Tilburg, Utrecht, Eindhoven, Den Hague, Kinderdijk, Gouda, Brussels, Sliema, Gozo, Valletta, Mdina, Rabat… and maybe a few other destinations.

“I had a dream so big and loud.
I jumped so high I touched the clouds.
I stretched my hands out to the sky.
We danced with monsters through the night.

I’m never going to look back. 
Whoa, I’m never going to give it up. 
No, please don’t wake me now.
This is going to be the best day of my life.”

Learn Wherever You Go

Inspiration
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Big Ben (April 2016)

“If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.”
– Anthony Bourdain

Battle Bluffs

Travel
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Battle Bluffs, Kamloops, British Columbia (August 2015)

Battle Bluffs is one of my favourite hikes. Yesterday, several friends and I took a trip up there. The view from the top is just so incredible! I am very grateful that Kamloops has so many wonderful places to explore. This time I remembered to sign the book placed in the cairn.

“The mountains are calling and I must go.”
– John Muir

Paul Lake Provincial Park

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Paul Lake Provincial Park (August 2015)

There is nothing like a day spent in the trees, listening to nature and marvelling at Mother Nature. Paul Lake Provincial Park offers a short hike (only 2km) up to Gibraltar Rock. It has astonishingly beautiful views of the lake below.

“One touch of nature makes all the world akin.”
– William Shakespeare

 

Sun Peaks Resort

Travel

Sun Peaks, British Columbia (August 2015)

My Experience:

I have always wanted to check out the wildflowers festival at Sun Peaks Resort – and I finally made it up there! This is a great hiking activity that can take up an hour, a morning/afternoon or even a full day. I found that by checking it out earlier on in the day limited the amount of people I saw on the trails.

The alpine wildflowers are in full bloom during mid July to late August. There is a wide range of colourful flowers, including Alpine Pussytoes, Arctic Lupine, Fireweed, Indian Paint Brush, Larkspur, and much more!

It is absolutely beautiful all around this area. I had so much fun photographing flowers and taking a couple selfies. I made it up to the “Top Of The World” trail in under two hours. This alpine area offered incredible 360 views of the Monashee Mountains, Mount Robson, and even the Coastal Mountains way off in the distance.

Know Before You Go:

  • Be prepared to see bears, deer and other wildlife on the trails.
  • Do not forget your camera! Collect moments, not things!
  • The Sunburst Chair is only operational for limited hours daily and seasonally.
  • If you bring up food or drinks, remember to pack it out. Don’t litter in this gorgeous area!

Related Links: 

Sun Peaks Resort 
Flora and Fauna Guide
Things To Do At Sun Peaks Resort
Hiking Ethics