Blogging, Friendship, Vancouver Island

When a Blogging Buddy Comes to Call

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

Hiking, Vancouver Island

52 Hikes in 52 Days… Done!

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!

Hiking, Uncategorized, Vancouver Island

Tuesday’s Trails: Incredible Views, New Discoveries and a Local Hero

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

Hiking, Vancouver Island

Reflections on Our 30-Day Hiking Challenge

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

Hiking, Vancouver Island

Day 30: Pub-to-Pub Hike or Bust!

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!

Hiking, Vancouver Island

Day 29: Shelly Creek Park and E & N Rail Loop, Parksville

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

Hiking, Vancouver Island

Day 28: Stocking Creek Falls, Saltair

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

Hiking, Vancouver Island

Day 27: Fern Road Woods Trail / Qualicum-Parksville Link

Distance Walked: 9.4 km Walking Time: 2 hrs Trail Rating: Easy The Fern Road Woods Trail gives Qualicum Beach residents a scenic, low-traffic, multi-purpose route to travel to the downtown core or to simply use for recreational purposes (it includes a No Through Road). This trail is part of the 13 km Parksville-Qualicum Beach Link… Continue reading Day 27: Fern Road Woods Trail / Qualicum-Parksville Link

Hiking, Vancouver Island

Day 26: Protection Island

Distance Walked: 7.01 km Walking Time: 1 hr, 42 min Trail Rating: Easy History: Protection Island is located in the harbour of Nanaimo, BC. It is home to 350 full-time residents. Locals commonly travel across the island by golf cart, while some transfer their groceries, recycling and garbage from the community dock by wheelbarrow. Many… Continue reading Day 26: Protection Island