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A Year of Adventure

November 7, 2017

I can’t tell you the exact moment I decided to take a year away from my everyday life to hit the road on a solo do-it-yourself adventure. The idea came to me in increments. But I can pinpoint what and who inspired me.

The beautiful landscape of British Columbia. Standing on the deck of a ferry as it cruised across a glistening ocean against a backdrop of mountains made me wonder if I could ever take this view and make it my daily reality, at least for the short term. I remember someone describing B.C. as a place where there is little separation between the outside and inside world. This is due to the mild climate during the winter, meaning you can explore, camp, and hike all year round.

Ferry from Gibson to Vancouver, B.C., August 2016.

Other adventurous women. In the past 10 years, I’ve met several adventurous women who have packed up their lives to explore the world. In Australia, I first met Sandra in a hostel in Sydney. Sandra had left her home in Spain to travel and live in the Land Down Under for a year. We were bunkmates in our four-bed dorm. In a few days, she would be leaving for Melbourne in Southern Australia and I’d be flying north to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef. Sandra shared some tips on what to see as I made my way down the coast, and we hatched a plan to meet up when I made it to Melbourne. Five weeks later, we were together again!

Hearing other women’s stories of adventures and some of the challenges they face, such as keeping to a budget (Sandra was working in hostels for free lodging while looking for work) and dining alone (tip: sit at the bar!) has helped me plan my own year of travel with excitement and a dose of reality.

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Making new friends is one of the big advantages of traveling solo.

Reading Wade’s Wiggly Antlers to kids. Since Wade’s Wiggly Antlers was released in early May, I’ve leapt at the chance to read to children in schools, libraries and bookstores. I’m always amazed by how smart these young readers are and by their ability to grasp the nuances of Wade’s struggle to deal with the impending loss of his antlers, while waiting for his new ones to grow. I loved the idea of taking this opportunity to meet and read to kids in cities and communities across Western Canada. In the past month, I’ve been fortunate to visit schools and bookstores in Calgary, Alberta and Nanaimo, B.C..

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I love presenting Wade’s Wiggly Antlers to kids of all ages.

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The Children’s Treehouse in Nanaimo, B.C.

I feel incredibly fortunate to have this opportunity to travel and explore. Keeping these inspirations in mind will help me make the most of every day.

 

 

Road trippin’ across three continents

September 1, 2016
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Hittin’ the road with my son, Jacob, all the way to Victoria, B.C., August 2016

While unpacking my bags from my recent mother-son road trip from Ottawa to Victoria, B.C., I realized I had ticked off my third road trip in six months spanning three continents. What? How did that happen? Two of the three trips were pre-planned. The third pretty much happened on a whim. I’ve added up the¬†total distance: 5278 kilometres or just over 3200 miles. That’s a lot of pavement covered, a lot of time with my bum in a seat and countless hours spent gawking at incredible landscapes. Here’s a brief breakdown of my epic year of road tripping.

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Street Art as Inspiration for Writers

April 19, 2015
Great art inspires good writing

Great art inspires good writing

As writers, we sometimes need to look up from our screens and get outside of our own heads to be inspired. For those lucky enough to live or spend time in Buenos Aires, Argentina, creative inspiration can be just around the corner. Street art is respected here, even encouraged. Yes, there’s A LOT of tagging but there’s also great art painted by artists who accept that their work is only temporary. Their creations often tell heartbreaking stories about Argentina’s political history. Artists will travel from around the globe to paint and admire each other’s work.

Street art is about acceptance of the temporary.

Street art is about acceptance of the temporary.

For anyone who does have the chance to visit this great city, I highly recommend a tour with http://graffitimundo.com.

What do you think of street art? Does it inspire you?