Out of all the Hawaiian Islands, I decided to go to Oahu. I heard that in order to explore the other islands that you needed to rent a car and I didn’t have that in my budget for the week. However, after talking to a friend who recently visited Maui, I was told that the hostel he stayed at would provide shuttles to the spots that visitors wanted to see – so definitely check that out if you’re trying to decide between islands and won’t be renting a car. Oahu has a reliable and easy bus system which made travelling the island much cheaper. It’s only 2.50 for a one way trip and you can get all the way around the island by bus.. it just may take a while. Continue reading “Solo Travel: One Week in O’ahu, Hawaii”
As we rolled into the New Year, I headed to New York. I got a few days off from work, and was off on my first adventure with my travel benefits to the big apple with my two sisters and mom. We were leaving from Thunder Bay and had a short layover in Toronto so we had to rush through customs and barely made it … Continue reading 2 Days in NYC
One of the best things about camping is that you generally wake up much earlier than most people and consequently you beat the rush on the busier trails. I woke up super excited to be heading to Canmore to climb Ha Ling. We quickly packed our gear but ended up getting a little lost on the way (well kind of). Our type of lost consists of us pulling over, second guessing where we are heading, deciding to drive 5 more minutes, and our destination being right around the corner.
Waking up in a bed knowing that we had avoided the snowfall the night before was the best feeling in the world. We lounged around until 11am when we slowly gathered the energy to move our car so we didn’t get another parking ticket. (I guess they really check those 2hr parking limits in Banff… woops.) After we got our car (with no parking ticket), we went for brunch at Melissas misteak and ate the best omelettes EVER. It was past 1pm and Vanessa and I were feeling really lazy. We quickly packed our bags and headed towards Sulfur mountain. It was a very nice trail up (minus all the tourists), and had beautiful views!
I finally slept through the night and woke up warm! BEST FEELING EVER! We made our oatmeal and coffee and were quickly on the road to the Johnson Canyon Upper Falls. It was a quick and beautiful 5km trail along waterfalls.
We woke up in the tent to -3° C. The classic trio: cold, tired, and crawling to coffee. *Drinks coffee* Somewhat ready to take on the day! We quickly packed up our camping gear and headed to Lake Louise where we were planning on climbing Mt. Fairview.
Ideally, I’d like to start this off by saying we woke up at the crack of dawn with birds chirping and the smell of nature in the air. But that would be misleading, because in reality we woke up many times throughout the night – frozen, sore, and with the not-so-lovely sounds of a woodpecker on the tree next to our camp. After boiling some water for instant coffee and oatmeal we were on the road to the Columbia Icefield Glacier to test out the new glacier sky walk. We arrived just after 10am and were surprised by the overwhelming amount of people there…. Continue reading “Day 2: Walking on Glaciers”
After getting a short 5 hours of sleep, I woke ready and excited to be boarding a plane and heading on my adventure. Just after 6am I arrived at the Thunder Bay airport where I hit the first (and slightly large) pot hole in the road. I forgot my runners. Classic. Spending 8 days hiking and climbing mountains and I, forgot my runners. I quickly got over it knowing that there was very little I can do other than purchase some new shoes somewhere along the way. After 7 hours of travel we finally landed at the Calgary International Airport where we hit the next bump in the road. We caught the shuttle to go pick up our rental car and were informed of an extra $200 fee. *sigh* Less quickly, but still quite fast, we got over it knowing there was very little we could do considering we needed a vehicle to get to all the beautiful places we planed on visiting. (Visa and I became best friends at this point in our trip). We then spent the next 3 hours navigating through Calgary, shopping for groceries and picking up the rest of our camping necessities. Needless to say, we were exhausted and properly excited to get on the road to Jasper. Continue reading “Day 1: Jasper Bound!”