Recently, I asked a group of friends for their #1 blogging tip. While some of their answers surprised me, I've already been able to use many of their responses to help with this post. Game changer! Here is what they shared. Many bloggers said they are less obsessed with stats and 'must-dos' than previously. Instead… Continue reading Your Best Blogging Tip
During the early days of the pandemic shutdown, a few groups of friends of mine began a regular Zoom chat. More than five months later, these groups have remained strong. Some of these calls are centred around a focus question. This past Tuesday, the topic was: If the group of us were arriving (without our… Continue reading Welcome to a Virtual Dinner
What do you do when a blogging buddy comes to call? You gather together nearby blogging friends so that everyone can join in the fun. Cardboard cutouts of Zoom Buddies, who sadly could not make this trip, are also packed along! You go chasing waterfalls... Even when it's raining! You search for the famous Jack… Continue reading When a Blogging Buddy Comes to Call
The End of Our Challenge: Richard and I have now completed (and exceeded) our hiking target. We would never have predicted that we'd extend our goal to #52 days. Hiking a new trail each morning quickly became a habit. We soon realized that it would take us significantly more than #100hikesin100days to run out of… Continue reading 52 Hikes in 52 Days… Done!
We have continued our habit of hiking a different route each day. This week's trails included incredibly diverse paths, some that we visited for the first time, and others that were old, familiar friends. Our adventures led to new information, new learning and new reasons to be grateful. Boyle Point Park, Denman IslandVirginia and Sun… Continue reading Tuesday’s Trails: Incredible Views, New Discoveries and a Local Hero
Richard and I have continued to hike a different trail each day. We are now on Day 40. We are curious to discover when we will run out of local trails to explore. Realistically, we are more likely to run out of energy first! I have posted a single photo of our hike each day… Continue reading Tuesday’s Trails
Last week, I promised a reflective wrap-up to our #30hikesin30days. This reflection has proved to be harder than I initially assumed. This was not due to a lack of takeaways received from our endeavours -- quite the opposite. I have had so many thoughts swirling around in my mind that it has been difficult to… Continue reading Reflections on Our 30-Day Hiking Challenge
Distance Walked: 9.14 km Walking Time: 2.5 hrs Pubs: Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Company and The Black Goose Inn Route: Easy Richard and I had unanimously agreed that the final day of our #30hikesin30days Challenge should be the Oyster River Pub-to-Pub Hike near Courtney, BC. What a perfect way to walk and celebrate at the same… Continue reading Day 30: Pub-to-Pub Hike or Bust!
Shelly Creek Park and Rail Loop: 4.25 km Coffee Loop: 4.02 km Total Distance Walked: 8.27 km Total Walking Time: 2 hrs Shelly Creek is a tributary to the Englishman River. It begins on Little Mountain and flows into the river near Parksville's Orange Bridge. Shelly Creek Park is the last healthy riparian section of… Continue reading Day 29: Shelly Creek Park and E & N Rail Loop, Parksville
Trails: Stocking Creek and Cowichan Valley Access: 11014 Finch Place or 10786 Chemainus Road, Saltair (near Ladysmith) Distance Walked: 8.88 km Walking Time: 2 hr 8 min Difficulty: Both easy and moderate paths are available. What's not to love about trails that meander through a rainforest, give you easy access to a waterfall (that you… Continue reading Day 28: Stocking Creek Falls, Saltair