Yearly Archives: 2014

Lopez Island: A Winter Getaway

Sometimes it’s nice to do things off season. Lopez Island in the San Juan Islands is a very popular summer destination, but on a chilly weekend in mid December we found ourselves in an almost empty campground, on roads with … Continue reading

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Vancouver’s Secret Beach: Exploring Close to Home

With shoulder season stretching longer these days, and since anyway I won’t be doing much skiing this season, it’s time to look for some adventures close to home. After the cold spell last week and then the pouring rain afterwards, … Continue reading

Posted in Hiking & Scrambling, Metro Vancouver & North Shore, Trip Reports, Urban | 3 Comments

Nicaragua: A Test in Attachment and Other Such Adventures

Some trips are different. This was not a cycling trip, backpacking or hiking trip, nor was it a trip to visit family in our homeland. This was simply a trip to get out of our routine, get away from Vancouver … Continue reading

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The Journey of Cherry on a Bike

We are once again in Granada, Nicaragua, where the idea of Cherry on a Bike first started. When you’re on a trip, especially a cycle tour, your mind often wanders. Although we tried to live in the moment as much as … Continue reading

Posted in Baking, Food, Metro Vancouver & North Shore, Travel, Urban | 2 Comments

How to Make Chocolate Milk, From Scratch

I’m obsessed with chocolate. I guess lots of people say this, but I feel like I’m worse than others. Barely a day goes by without me digging in the cupboard for some dark chocolate, ideally Belgian and 72%. Since I … Continue reading

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Vantage (climbing): Basalt Columns Forever

It is sunset. Steep columns of golden rock rise before you like soldiers prepared for combat. Some of them are broken, crippled. Others stand tall and slender. You look carefully, and notice that in between their folds are little creatures, clambering up … Continue reading

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Vantage Peak: The Peak of Summer

There was a feeling in the air that summer was close to its end and autumn was fast approaching. But just before Fall officially started we were blessed with yet another sunny weekend and the mountains were calling our names … Continue reading

Posted in Duffey Lake Road, Hiking & Scrambling, Trip Reports | 2 Comments

The Rockwall: Braving the Storm for Rewarding Sunshine

There is something about beautiful places that draws us back to them again and again. This was not our first trip to the Rockies, and rest assured, it won’t be the last. But every time we make the long drive, past … Continue reading

Posted in Hiking & Scrambling, Rockies & Kootenays, Trip Reports | 2 Comments

Illal and Spiral: Who Knew There was a Trail?

At 10pm on Friday evening we were still trying to figure out what to do on the weekend. After scanning various maps and trip reports, I somehow recalled a trip we did five years ago to Jim Kelly and Coquihalla … Continue reading

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Pemberton: Slow Food Bike Ride Goes Even Slower

Slow is good. Why do we need to rush through life? When you move slowly you observe more, experience things differently, and enjoy the moment. This is why I love cycling, because when you ride you move slower. Last Sunday … Continue reading

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