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Leave No Trace this Summer as You Explore the Outdoors


I was so inspired by this story that I asked permission from the  United States Geological Survey (USGS) to repost it on the blog. Enjoy! With summer officially here, it’s a great time to explore the outdoors! As people go hiking, camping, wildlife viewing and engage in other recreation activities, there can be associated impacts on the natural environment. In 2017, more…

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Turtle Mountain, Crowsnest Pass


“Trail-ish” was the theme of our hike to the first peak of Turtle Mountain in the Crowsnest Pass on Canada Day. Samara and I spent another July 1st adventuring and this hike was definitely an adventure. I hiked to the summit of Turtle Mountain back in 2015 and I remember it as being hard but doable. I invited a friend and…

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Summer Fun Weekend


Wow this weekend was such a blast! From the adventures to the misadventures, it was just what I had in mind when I was fantasizing about summer over this frigid winter. Battin’ I kicked off the weekend subbing on a softball team. Ryan stayed home with TyTy and I got in a good workout. I was pretty happy with my…

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Planning My Summer Hikes


In the past, I never spent much time planning my summer hikes. I would pick an area (usually Waterton) and the night before or day of would decide which one to hit. Well, with a new baby that way of hiking has changed. Ha ha! I figure I have one (maybe two) all day hikes this summer where I can…

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Baby’s First Trip to Waterton


One of my top goals for my son is that he grows up to love the outdoors as much as I do. Years before I even had him, I’ve been reading articles and blog posts about how to make hiking fun for your little ones so they enjoy hitting the trails with you. When my friend Rachelle invited us to…

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Enjoying a Warm Day Snowshoeing


This has been a boring kick off to 2018 so I haven’t had much to write about. Between the extreme weather, a vehicle that drives terribly in the snow, working like crazy, and being pregnant and tired, I’ve spent a lot of evenings at home on my butt on the couch. This is why I was in absolute heaven when…

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Cross Country Skiing at Syncline in Castle Provincial Park


Things have been quiet since Christmas. January  has been a little uneventful but I had a snowshoe date with Samara to looked forward to. About a week before we went, I asked to switch to cross country skiing as I noticed my lower back hurts when I walk for a long period of time. We were both so happy for…

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Winter Walk on Wishbone Trail


The long weekend is nice because I spent Friday doing the chores and errands and had a free day Saturday to hit the mountains with Ryan and the dogs! It wasn’t quite as warm as last year when Samara and I went on the long weekend and it was +15C. But it was still super warm at +2C! When we…

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Fall Hike to Vimy’s Pimple


Ok! Ok! There is no place called Vimy’s Pimple, it’s actually called the Lionshead so I hear. But on Sunday, Cat, Samara, and myself hiked to that little peak that sticks out the west side of Mt. Vimy. I affectionately dubbed it Vimy’s Pimple this past summer when I hiked to the peak with my cousins. Anyway, this was a…

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Waterton Is Scarred But Still Stunning


Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to head out to Waterton not once, but twice. And due to some snow, I saw it in two different states. I don’t know how many people have been out since the Kenow Fire. I know I watched all the videos and saw all the photos on Facebook, but nothing puts it in…

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What will fall hiking look like this year?


Like many hikers in Southern Alberta, I’ve been watching the progress of the Kenow Fire in Waterton Lakes National Park and hoping the fire would stop before it spread. This fire has not only burnt through most of my beloved park, but it spread onto the prairie and burned down ranches, spread north to Castle where more people had to…

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Waterton Wanderings


This has been my “week off” to rest and recharge before my new semester starts this Monday. I use week off in quotations because I still had some planning stuff to finish, doc appointments, etc. so it wasn’t a week vacation. But I made the most of it by packing it full of mountain adventures with friends. Waterton with Kiddos…

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Grinell Glacier Hike in East Glacier National Park, Montana


Rachelle and I are chipping away at the Many Glacier area hikes in East Glacier National Park. This week we hit one of Glacier’s top rated hikes, Grinell Glacier. Pronounced grin-elle. This was the first hike where the scenery on the way was better than the destination. I’ll get to it. This is one BUSY hike! You can either take…

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Tenting at Beauvais Lake


Ryan and I had plans to head out to Montana for camping with the dogs for the weekend. But when he had an opportunity to stay home and work Saturday, we changed out this plans to do the one night an to go somewhere nearby. There are a ton of fire bans on right now and since M.D. of Pincher Creek…

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Canoeing on Cameron Lake for Canada 150


I love the alliteration of my title! Ha ha! It’s not 100% accurate because I spent July 1st with the family but on July 2, Samara and I drove off for a canoeing adventure. The evening of July 1st, Samara and I met at her parents house to see if her dad’s canoe would fit on my jeep. Her dad…

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Outdoor Education at Alford Lake with AHEA


I returned from camp on Friday and have spent all weekend waiting until I had the time/mental capacity to talk about my INCREDIBLE week at Alford Lake, Alberta in my Outdoor Education course. Outdoor Education is a subject (clearly) near and dear to my heart. I’m going into physical education with my sights set on incorporating outdoor education throughout the…

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The Amazing Cracker Lake in Glacier National Park


Glacier- you amaze me! Last year, Rachelle and I hiked to Iceberg Lake in Many Glacier, an area in East Glacier National Park. The lake was the most stunning alpine lake I had ever seen, and then today- Cracker Lake! We are so lucky to live so close to the mountains and days like today make me wish I could…

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#Takeahike Through Blakiston Valley


Hiking season is here at last and I’ve been collecting hiking buddies over the winter! Over the weekend, a crew of us (including Ryan!) headed out to Waterton Lakes National Park for a group adventure. Originally, we planned on going up Red Rock Canyon but the spring runoff had the stream so high we couldn’t walk along it, we would…

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Mt. Galwey and a Scrambling Accident


According to mywaterton.ca, Mt. Galwey in Waterton Lake National Park is “the easiest difficult hike in Waterton Park.” I’m not an experienced scrambler and I found it easy but very precarious at the same time. It didn’t help that there was a bit of slippery, mushy snow at the top when the climbing is the most tough. I’ll get to…

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