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THE END – Into the Wild Divide SOBO – Section A

THE END – Into the Wild Divide SOBO – Section A

  October 28 My sleep was restless, my body tense from shivering my way through the night. I’m grateful for one final, pillow-top mattress sleep in our van Tic-Tac, but I vow to always have a down sleeping bag within easy reach – winter is […]

Hike on (again…)

Hike on (again…)

We are fighting the strongest, fiercest headwind that could only form along the long, flat, never ending highways of the north western states. Tic-Tac the van is literally screaming as he red-lines his way along, giving us all he can, yet sadly falling short of […]

Into the Wild Divide SOBO – Section B – 199 km

Into the Wild Divide SOBO – Section B – 199 km

“Wild thing, you make my heart sing…”   September 3 – km 344 – 303 (41km) Our day off at Peter Lougheed Park went really fast, but as always, we are ready to get back on the trail. Funny how we long for a “town” […]

Into the Wild Divide SOBO: Section C Part 2: 130 km

Into the Wild Divide SOBO: Section C Part 2: 130 km

August 29 – km 456-450 + 20 km detour (26 km) Just a handful of clicks to Sunshine Village! We’re excited to have hot coffees handed to us complete with CREAM (what a luxury) and obviously food. In my excitement, I hike a little faster […]

Into the Wild Divide SOBO: Section C Part 1: 108 km

Into the Wild Divide SOBO: Section C Part 1: 108 km

“Knowing that you love the earth changes you, activates you to defend and protect and celebrate. But when you feel that the earth loves you in return, that feeling transforms the relationship from a one-way street into a sacred bond.” ― Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding […]

Into the Wild Divide SOBO: Section D: 106 km

Into the Wild Divide SOBO: Section D: 106 km

“You will fall out of space and out of time and you will see the truth of what is, and the miraculous what-is-possible.” – Alison Nappi     August 20 – km 658-654 (4 km) After a great day off in Saskatchewan Crossing, we decide […]

Into The Wild Divide SOBO: Section E: 192 km

Into The Wild Divide SOBO: Section E: 192 km

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” – John Muir August 7-11 -Five ZERO days… We planned to take 1 day off in Jasper. My foot, however, had entirely different plans that I would never have […]

Into the Wild Divide SOBO: Section G & F: 280 km

Into the Wild Divide SOBO: Section G & F: 280 km

  July 27 – ZERO hiking whatsoever It’s our day off with my parents, dirtbag camping along the dirt road, in the middle of nowhere! We sleep in until 8:30 (I can hardly believe it!) and start cooking a breakfast that literally lasts until lunch. […]

Into the Wild Divide: Section F & G: 280 km

Into the Wild Divide: Section F & G: 280 km

“Section F & G: A superlative wilderness experience…the longest section and the soul of the GDT.” – Dustin Lynx   July 17 – 851-879 (28 km) I’m not sure how we managed it, but we ripped ourselves away from the sticky bun goodness of Jasper, […]

Into The Wild Divide: Section E: 190 km

Into The Wild Divide: Section E: 190 km

“Out here I am enough.” ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH – July 9 – 658-680 (22km) Goodbye enjoyable but pricey and overcrowded Saskatchewan Crossing! We hit the trail at our usual 7:00 start, walking the highway back to the official GDT trail. Early on, we somehow take […]

Into The Wild Divide : Section D : 101 km

Into The Wild Divide : Section D : 101 km

“A confusing section where the trail is hit or miss; mostly miss.” – GDT app’s description of Section D OFF TRAIL – June 25 – July 3 What a wonderful, fun filled break from the trail! Here’s a mini recap: – Partied it up at my sister […]

Into the Wild Divide: Section C (Part 2): 125 km

Into the Wild Divide: Section C (Part 2): 125 km

“Worries are too big to fit in my backpack.” T-Fox   SUMMER WITH A 100% CHANCE OF FLURRIES – June 21 – 20 km It is the first day of summer! I thought this season would never come, with Victoria having a wetter than average winter, […]

Into the Wild Divide: Section C (Part 1): 83 km

Into the Wild Divide: Section C (Part 1): 83 km

“Everyone walks. What distinguishes hikers is that walking does more than transport us. It transforms us.”   OFFICIALLY HIKER TRASH – June 17 – 3km It’s our day off, and our agenda today is all about recovery and rest. What contrast really – instead of go-go-go […]

Into The Wild Divide: Section B: 195km

Into The Wild Divide: Section B: 195km

June 8 – ZERO kilometres Today we take a much needed day off in Coleman Alberta. We stay at Safe Haven B&B, which is an absolute gem. Elena insisted that as hikers, we got three home cooked meals…how could we resist?! We checked in at […]

Into the Wild Divide: Section A: 145km

Into the Wild Divide: Section A: 145km

“As the old pine fell we sang…just to bless the morning.” – Ben Howard GETTING COMFORTABLE WITH BEING UNCOMFORTABLE – June 2 – 26km Well, it’s official Day One of our GDT yo-yo hike,since yesterday was a mere 6km hike to the trailhead. It may […]

Into the Wild Divide: Pre -Trail Happenings

Into the Wild Divide: Pre -Trail Happenings

“It’s one of the most magical places I’ve ever seen – the beginning and the end.” – T HITCHIDDY-DO-DA! – May 31 It’s May 31st- the day before we hit the trail, and we awake from our van Tic Tac in a trailhead parking lot […]

True North WILD and Free…

True North WILD and Free…

“Got a few miles to camp…should be there around 4…or 4:30 or 5…something good like that.” – Lorax (my husband) on explaining how far I had to walk until camp one day on the PCT Only two (ish) weeks until we embark on our Great […]

Stein Valley Memory Lane

Stein Valley Memory Lane

The Stein Valley Nlaka’pamix Heritage Park is a very special place for Dan and I. We have grown to love her on so many levels. It started out as an ambitious (for me) backpacking trip in 2010 – a 100 kilometre trek through the Stein […]

Great Divide Trail – Planning andPreparing

Great Divide Trail – Planning andPreparing

“I believe the pull to see and know the beauty, wonders, and strangeness over the next hill is an ancient human need burned into our DNA…” – Rick Auerbach Our next nomadic adventure planning is in full swing, and man are we feeling blessed with […]

Into the Great Divide

Into the Great Divide

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir I love John Muir – a hippie ahead of his time! – and I particularly love how he felt CALLED to the wild, like a long-lost friend, like a deep ingrained necessity; and he […]

Balance

Balance

We drive the every-winding island roads, high on good coffee and great conversation. We share. We dream. We plan. I love my man. We see the world in similar ways, and when we get talking, our passions align and LOOK OUT!! I am better because […]

Muscle Memory – Hurts so good…

Muscle Memory – Hurts so good…

  The Juan De Fuca Trail – a legendary, ocean-side, rugged 47 km hiking trail along the west coast of Vancouver Island. “Let’s go to the Juan this weekend…hike in 20 some-odd km’s, stay the night, then turn around and come back.” Sounds like a […]

A hiker’s life for me

A hiker’s life for me

“Will is that which changes thought into energy.” – Yogananda Movie night in! Or is that movie at the drive in…? Call it what you will, Dan and I stayed “in” recently and watched all of our PCT videos. As always, we had a lot […]