What we now call Lake Louise, the Stoney Nakota First Nations People called the Lake of Little Fishes. I don’t know about you, but I prefer the later. This body of water is rich in color (and for a really cool reason). As glaciers move, they grind up the bedrock below (creating rock flour). As the ice melts, it carries these tiny silt sized bits downstream, creating striking, milky masses of water. You can hike around this beauty in no […]
After hanging out in Calgary, we took off in our little FIAT towards Banff. It was a breathtaking drive and it took just over an hour. With a quick pit stop in the quaint downtown, I grabbed a coffee and a slice o’ keesh at Whitebark Cafe. Then we were ready to get our hike on. We took the gondola up the side of Sulphur Mountain and explored the area. Lots of little critters were there to greet us. It was sweet to […]
A long weekend, that’s all the time I had to explore the city of Calgary (with a quick excursion to Banff National Park). It all started with a late arrival and crashing at the Marriott downtown. I absolutely loved the watercolored wallpaper. It makes me want to recreate it in a mural of my own. The next morning, there was walking–lots of walking. When I visit a new city, I like to get a good view of the skyline. Seeing a place […]
Nags Head, North Carolina. Honestly, I’d never heard of it until a few years ago, and now I make an annual visit their with friends. I’ll tell you what I had heard of though–Roanoke Island. Remember? As kids, we all learned about the first English colony (that would eventually fail, not once, but twice) in what the British considered to be the “new world.” These two popular vacation spots are basically neighbors. Take a look at Nags Head on a map. Interesting, […]
I got a new pair of sneakers in the mail yesterday–just in time to whip them out for the 3 day weekend. Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the Nike Tennis Classic Ultra Premium (a name that rolls right off the tongue). The metallic leather surface is covered in little slits that give the pair a great texture. I love them. What do you think? Share your thoughts on these little babes. I’d love to hear!
Haleakalā (which means house of the sun) is a volcano that makes up 75% of Maui. After browsing through the photos below, you’ll see it was aptly named. At it’s tallest point, it reaches 10,023 feet in the air! Once you’ve summited, you’re above cloud level, making it the perfect location to watch the sunrise like you’ve never seen it before. To get to the top of Haleakalā, you first must drive through the national park surrounding it. The drive is a […]
Accessible only by a beautiful, tiny, and winding road on the coast of Maui, Nakalele Point is home to a blowhole and what they call the Acid War Zone. Not sure what either of those things are? Neither was I. So here’s the scoop. A blowhole is a hole in the ground connected to an underground, partially submerged ocean cave. As waves lap into the cave, water escapes through the blowhole above. It is amazing to watch as water jets out […]
Oh man, Maui! When I imagined Hawaii, this is exactly what I pictured: clear water, unreal sunsets, tropical foliage surrounded by volcanic rock, hilarious Hawaiian pay phones, wildlife, rainbow trees, and for-real rainbows. The first few nights we stayed at the the Marriott Ko Olina. The beaches on that side of the island have their own lagoons off the ocean. You would think that would keep ocean life away, but not in the least. We got to watch a pregnant monk […]