That time we hiked to a mountain hut in Whistler, BC, and felt like we had the whole world to ourselves.
Photos taken during our hiking trip to Mt Gardner. 𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐰 𝐋𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐇𝐮𝐭Distance: 17kmElevation Gain: 595 mHighest Point: 728 m
Photos taken during our hiking trip to Brandywine Meadows. 𝐁𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐲𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐌𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐨𝐰𝐬Distance: 7 kmElevation Gain: 538 mHighest Point: 1,460 m
Photos taken during our hiking trip to Mt Brunswick. 𝐌𝐭 𝐁𝐫𝐮𝐧𝐬𝐰𝐢𝐜𝐤Distance: 14 kmElevation Gain: 1,543 mHighest Point: 1,788 m
Photos taken during our hiking trip to Cirque Lake. Cirque LakeDistance: 13 kmElevation Gain: 1,045 mHighest Point: 1,686 m
Photos from our recent hiking trip to the beautiful Brew Lake Hut. 𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐰 𝐋𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐇𝐮𝐭Distance: 13 kmElevation Gain: 1,045 mHighest Point: 1,686 m
Photos taken during our hiking trip to Wedgemount Lake. WedgemountDistance: 12 kmElevation Gain: 1,160 mHighest Point: 1,920m
I slipped my feet into the white sand. Its cool composure liberated me from the throbbing pain. I was too exhausted to jump into the ocean and wash out all the dirt on my face and my hands, and the sweat that has accumulated on my skin and my clothing. I laid there for a… More
“There is no bad weather, just inappropriate clothing.” -Ranulf Fiennes Some people tend to find inconvenience under atmospheric precipitation. They fear to get wet, to get cold, to soak their hair, to ruin their makeup, to get lost in the fog, or to be drown in sadness. Of course I am not talking about getting outdoors during a… More
What is it that we really need in life? Shelter, food and water, clothes, love, safety? While those are the biological needs of the human being, the modern world has added a terrifying item to the list: money. In fact, money has created a world of wants over needs, a society of consumerism with a… More
I usually plan a road trip getaway for my birthday, discovering a new place with new faces. Although I am not the type of girl that craves attention on this occasion, but I do believe it is important to highlight the moment. For me, a simple adventure somewhere in nature with people I love is… More
In 2015, I chose not to travel overseas in order to save money and focus on other projects. It was a tough decision, since I have been travelling around the globe annually for the past 14 years. It was something I had to do, in order to financially get back on track and work on… More
Winter solstice is still a couple of weeks away, but the days are already colder and snow covers the grounds here in the mountains of Whistler. It was such a nice day today, and such an enjoyable morning walk with the pups. I love how I can just open the door of my trailer and… More
We are pretty excited about our new purchase: a home on wheels. An old gondola for storage space. Cracking the first of many bottle of sparkling. Cheering to my new setting. Loving my new backyard. And the views are to die for. Much better than TV. Getting cozy. Friendly neighbourhood. And again, can’t beat the… More
Owning a RV is in all a project and adventure. As newbies of the RV culture, there is so much to learn, especially with winter around the corner. Depending on how El Nino will affect our region this season, it is prudent to expect lots of heavy snowfall. Plus, we are sitting on an edge,… More
Photos taken during our hiking trip to Iceberg Lake. Iceberg LakeDistance: 15 kmElevation Gain: 870 mHighest Point: 1,635 m
The season has changed, leaving place to the cool and crisp air of autumn. Summer has been absolutely crazy, in so many good ways, with work, and camping and adventuring every weekend. But I am now looking forward to quiet days at work, cozy wool sweater weather and wrapping my hands around hot teas and good… More
Raised by a single mother and with an older brother that took on his freedom filled life as soon as I was born, I never really had the chance to understand the term “family vacation”. Of course my mom always made sure we would go on road-trips and explore the beautiful corners and cultural gems of… More
Photos taken during our hiking trip to Joffre Lakes. Joffre LakesDistance: 10 kmElevation Gain: 360 mHighest Point: 2,721 m
There is a place on the Pacific Coast of Vancouver Island that was built for dreamers: a place where the salty air is curing, the cold ocean is rejuvenating, and the lush rainforests are reinvigorating. A place where people go to gaze at the ocean in peace, and experience nature at its humblest best. Tofino is indeed… More
When Julie called me and asked what were my plans for the following day, I answered: “Well, it’s Sunday, so something outdoors and fun!” She replied with a smirk in her voice: “Excellent, I’ve got the perfect adventure for us! Just pack a bag with a bathing suit, a towel, and a nice bottle of champagne.” Julie is… More
As I walked in the illuminated streets of my neighbourhood, trying to digest the over consumption of sausage stuffing and other Christmas festive dishes, a maple whisky and eggnog in one hand, and my dogs on a leash in the other, I filled myself with Christmas Spirit. It was Christmas night and the crescent moon glittered… More
Camping has always been an important part of my life. Since I moved to the west coast in 2003, I camp almost every weekend from late spring to early autumn. In the winter, I camp in the cabins of the backcountry. I don’t mind cold temperatures and am not scared of the wild. In fact, I always… More
Photos taken during our hiking trip to Garibaldi Lake. Garibaldi LakeDistance: 18 kmElevation Gain: 820 mHighest Point: 1,496 m
500 weeks ago, I headed west aboard a Greyhound bus on the Trans Canada Highway, bringing along a poor English, a backpack, a snowboard and just a few dollars in my pockets. After spending the summer by the sea in Victoria, BC, working at a Yögen Früz to learn a second language, I migrated to the… More
A wet and wild summer with rad friends and terrific weather.
A pack of malicious clouds covered the village of Whistler with continuous precipitation on this Tuesday morning of late August. The cool breeze and the leaves prematurely falling from the maple trees almost made us forget about the endless sunny and hot days that made our summer until now. I opened the door of the… More
If you browsed my blog recently, you might have noticed that I have been enjoying the great outdoors frequently this summer. Just like travelling, camping is for me a way of connecting with the nature and reconnecting with myself. After a long busy week at work, I find comfort in the wilderness. But camping isn’t… More
Summer has been magnificent so far with suns sparkling the forecast everyday and warm, pleasant temperatures reaching 30˚C each afternoon. Rain was needed and so it did for a couple of days, just enough to soak the dryness of the forest and revive the grass and trees of their pure lush greens. It is wildflower… More
As soon as flight AA1746 from Grand Cayman landed its wheels on the wet tarmac of Vancouver’s International airport, a double spiral of anxiety and excitement swirled inside my guts. Delicate sleet danced softly toward the ground. I disembarked the craft and followed a crowd of Asian-Canadian passengers. The scents of Tim Horton’s fresh coffee… More
Snowboarding powdered mountains, walking dogs by frozen lakes, snowmobiling the darkest trails, warming up by a fireplace. ♥ Home.
Family Day Somewhere in the Mountains Far Away
We all left home years ago. Some with a backpack on their shoulders aboard a bus or a plane or in a car packed with all the belongings a teenager could have. We were young and innocent. We were hungry for wild adventures and unique experiences. We were searching for flexibility and freedom. We left a home, we left a family, we left all we knew to enter a journey into the unknown.
Years went by and stories we made. Experiences we created with friends that tagged all along. We built a family, far away from home. This is home now. And we are family.
Today is Family Day in British Columbia. The town is grey and the clouds are low. It doesn’t really matter how is the weather outside, as long as we are all together. After a warm breakfast and fresh mimosas, we pack our backpacks with some refreshments and hit the slopes.
It is when we reach an elevation of approximately 1,800m that we exit the last layer of clouds and reach the blue sky. We leave behind a sea of clouds where only mountain peaks are visible to our eyes. The sky is blue, the sun is bright.
We go further up and hit the glacier where we settle up our afternoon camp on a dune of snow. We pop the bubbles, crack a cold one and cheer to a good life. The scenery is absolutely stunning. I look at my friends, I admire the mountains. There is no where else I’d rather be.
Whether your family is affiliated by blood or simply affinities, they are the people that shaped you and rode along with you. They accept you for who you are, they never judge. Treat them with respect and care. Protect the relationships. Give and forgive. Receive and remember. They are the people that will always be there for you.
Snowmobiling at Seagram, Whistler backcountry.
A series of clips filmed in Whistler while I was home for the Holidays. Riding with homies, playtime with doggies, Dumbo Party at Sushi. There is indeed no place like home!