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A Belated Spring Break in Washington


I recently spent a week with my family in Washington to say goodbye to my Grandma and attend her funeral. While the purpose of my visit was sad, much of the time was spent in good company with my family, seeing cousins I haven’t seen in years, and enjoying the hot summer weather of Pasco.   This week came at…

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Guest Post: Five of the friendliest destinations for pregnant travellers


Being pregnant is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful. So what better time to jet set on a relaxing holiday before your new bundle of joy arrives? So long as you have no reported pregnancy-related complications, there’s no reason you can’t get away. Here are some of the friendliest destinations to visit while pregnant. London Many prefer…

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Guest Post: Bikepacking 101: The 5 Essentials You Need on your Tour


Embarking on an outdoor adventure has never been easier. While many like to go by foot or take their trucks into the woods, a fun way to freshen up your outdoors travelling is by taking in the sights on a bicycle. Multi-day bikepacking is the beautiful combination of mountain biking and minimalist camping. In essence, everything you need to survive…

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Family Weekend in Great Falls


In mid-August I was chatting with our kids and realized that we haven’t gone anywhere as a family all summer! Between the new baby, lack of funds, and my being gone for two weeks in July, we didn’t go camping or on any other adventures on the weekends Ryan and Ace were with us. We had to buy school supplies…

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Two Weeks with Family in Washington


One thing that will be so nice about being a teacher is having time off in the summer for long visits home. TyTy and I took off for Washington for two weeks this month to be there for the birth of his little cousin Clark, visit family, and for me to stuff my face at my favourite restaurants. TyTy did…

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Summer Road Trip- My Northern Roots


Nothing is more summer than a road trip and I kicked off this season with a road trip north to Fort McMurray. My Aunt Barb wanted to go up there and see what it looks like after the fires and since she left in 1994. My family moved away in 1999 and I have nothing but fond memories of the…

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One Short Day in the Emerald City (Seattle)


Like my Wicked reference? Leilani and I started singing this over lunch when we were talking about how one full day visiting Seattle just isn’t enough. For the long weekend, I loaded up the whole family (minus the dogs) and did the 13 hour drive to Seattle to see my family. Crazy right?! Why do I keep doing this to…

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Wedding Weekend in Sparwood, B.C.


This past weekend, the Richards got dressed up and headed to the mountains for a family wedding. Ryan’ cousin Billie was getting married and we decided to spend the night in a hotel with the kids and make a weekend of it. All dressed up we hit the road and were in Sparwood in about 3 hours (we stopped for…

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Visiting Fargo for NDSU Graduation


Holy Cow- I survived our trip to Fargo, North Dakota! First off- Google Maps said it was a 13 hour drive- it was 15! That is a long and exhausting drive but it did have a pleasant surprise. After 11 hours of rolling hills and farmland out of nowhere popped the lovely Badlands of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. I had…

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SLC Day 2- Utah State Capitol & Ensign Peak


For our second day of the long weekend, we decided to have a chill day and stick around Salt Lake City. After Liam’s nap we headed downtown to Bruce’s favourite Thai restaurant Sawadee. It’s become a family tradition to get Thai food here when we visit. I LOVE Thai and can’t get any decent stuff here in Lethbridge so I always…

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SLC Day 1- Homestead Crater & Midway Memorial Hill


I fall more in love with the Salt Lake City area with every visit. What other city is 20 minutes away from the mountains but has all the amenities of a city? It’s amazing! My little brother Ben and I headed down to SLC for a long Easter weekend. I was relaxing after a busy semester and Ben needed a…

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Windy Weekend in Waterton


Like the alliteration in my title? It’s just so catchy! This weekend was our anniversary weekend and Ryan and I headed to the place we got married, Waterton for a romantic little getaway and some outdoor fun. The weather on the other hand, had other ideas. But I digress, let’s walk through our overnighter. I booked a killer deal with…

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Three Outdoor Travel Destinations and Their Distinctly Unique Factors


Reality competition shows have somewhat been part of our lives for the greater part of this century. Take The X-Factor, for instance. At first, the British television music program, created by the notorious reality show icon Simon Cowell, was intended as a temporary replacement for the slumping Pop Idol franchise. Later on, the show caught wind and made stars out…

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Seawheeze- Pre-Race Fun


Yesterday I talked about the challenges I experienced travelling to and from Vancouver but now I get to talk about the amazing highlights of my trip including the fun packed day before the race. I knew that there was a festival after the race, but I had no idea there would be so much to do the day before! I finally…

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Recap of my Trip to Vancouver


Wow! What an eventful long weekend I experienced. This has been one of the best and yet worst trips I’ve had in a long time. I’ll go into further details on the race itself and the festival as a whole in later posts but I figured the best way to give you a feel for my overall trip was to…

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Weekend in SLC- Baby snuggles, hiking, gnats & flooding!


I always have such a good time when I head down to Salt Lake City to see my brother Bruce and his wife Lauren, but this visit was particularly fun because there was a brand new baby! Baby Liam Tynan was the purpose of my visit and that cutie-pie stole my heart with his little stink eye’s, his LOUD farts,…

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My Sister, Seattle, and the Space Needle


I don’t know what it is about April but both this year and last I travelled a lot this time around. Last year I went to Vegas, LA, Vancouver and Seattle and this year I hit Jasper and Seattle in a two week period. My baby sister Laura and her husband Nick (and their three dogs) are moving to Oslo, Norway…

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Amazing Jasper Weekend & Romance for One at the Fairmont


My weekend in Jasper was so amazing but a little lonely at the same time. I went up to Jasper for two days to run the 10k in the inaugural Jasper Canadian Rockies Half Marathon. Ryan was going to accompany me and we had both been looking forward to the trip for weeks but our damn water heater sprung a…

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One Week Left to Register for the Jasper Races!


  I seriously can’t wait for April 15 you guys! Not only is it my LAST day of classes and my LAST set of exams for the semester, but it’s the day Ryan and I take off for Jasper so I can run a 10k!  I’m running in the 10k race of the inaugural Jasper Half Marathon and my Alberta…

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Board in Utah for New Year’s


Like my pun for a title? I’m such a nerd! Ha ha ha! For the second year in a row I headed from my mum’s place in Washington state to Utah to stay with my brother Bruce and his wife Lauren for Utah Adventures to ring in the New Years. Last year was such a blast and I couldn’t wait…

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