In case you missed the first post on the beginning of my African safari at Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda and stay at Paara lodge, you can catch up here. Basically I had to split the posts as I had so many images to share (these really are just the tip of the iceberg) and wanted to include as much of what was a wonderful adventure with you. Onto Day Two!
It never grows old … hearing stories of how travel inspires. Whether it be new found happiness, fresh perspectives on places or people, new or renewed passions, an influence in artsy or creative pursuits or even a career change, travel often has a knack for adding more than dimension to one’s life.
The most recent example of travel inspiring life change was evidenced when I visited the District Brewing Company (in Regina, Saskatchewan) during the day of their first open house.
Have you ever brought fish home from your travels?
I wasn’t sure about taking walleye home that was caught this summer at the Women in the Wilderness getaway I attended. After all, I shared a few smooches here and there with some pretty sweet little fish and when it comes down to it, I hate seeing living things die.
When it comes to kissing or cooking fish, walleye is a GREAT choice.
This issue of mine aside I caved and brought four large fillets home. Walleye is a great tasting fish and I knew that I would enjoy it.
However, due to an extreme gluten sensitivity in the household, I had to swap out a flake based ingredient (usually bread crumbs) with a gluten-free option. Here is the recipe that I used to create a crispy, flaky walleye dish!
If you read travel blogs or are part of the travel circuit chances are you are familiar with Gary. But for those of you who may be living under a rock (kidding), Gary Arndt is a passionate traveler who also happens to be one heck of a talented (and self-taught!) photographer. In fact he was just named The Society of American Travel Writers 2014 Photographer of the Year.
Gary Arndt ~ The Society of American Travel Writers 2014 Photographer of the Year
On the move is an understatement for Gary.
In 2007, he sold his house and has traveled the world ever since. He has been to all 7 continents, over 130 countries and 9/10 Canadian provinces. The only one he’s missing? SASKATCHEWAN! We gotta get him here. Continue reading →
This summer I checked a lot of birds off my life list which admittedly at this point is still relatively easy considering my status as a newish birder. Although I had seen bald eagles before, it didn’t get old when I saw around 10 or more during my visit to northern Saskatchewan this past summer.
Given that Saskatchewan has the world’s largest inland concentration of bald eagles, this wasn’t overly shocking. But, what was fantastic is that I got very lucky and spotted a golden eagle too. Continue reading →
FAE is a family owned business that originally started in Prince Albert in 1979 and then expanded here to Regina in 1996. During the winter season they focus on alpine skiing, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. And, during the summer they switch over to camping, canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. They also rent out gear for all the activities they promote!
It’s official. I have decided its time to go under the knife. The website knife that is. Well, I may also get my nose fixed while I am at it. But that would be a story best fit for another blog post – one perhaps that would fit better within a new site. So that’s the plan – a new look, a new site.
So why the facelift?
The new site will be prettier. And better take advantage of the fact that I never put my camera down — which basically means it will be more visually pleasing!
Nearly a week and a half post press trip and I still haven’t come down. An adventure that included new experiences focused on adrenalin, appetite and even animals – the fun was non stop! I never knew just how much Quebec and specifically the Outaouais (pronouncedOoh-taa-way) region had to offer in terms of adventure.
“Where’s Monte?” I asked excitedly as I enter the insanely stunning lobby of the Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello. I pause for a minute to take in my surroundings and continue to skim the room for the three year old golden retriever. The massive fireplace commands my attention and I immediately assume (which would later be confirmed when I made it up to my suite) that I am in some sort of glorious castle – cabin hybrid.
The Fairmont Montebello lobby has the most impressive fireplace I have ever seen! Photo courtesy of the Fairmont Montebello
The room blew my expectations out of the water. Rustic chic meets high end luxury.
His house! I see it. Now where is he? I continue to scan nervously.
Thanks to fellow travel blogger Candice, of Candice Does the World for nominating me for the Capture the Colour contest 2013! The premise? Post five travel pics on your blog that feature the colours blue, red, green, yellow and white. Then, nominate fellow bloggers.
The contest is put on by Travel Supermarket and they are offering up some great prizes!
So without further adieu – here are my entries:
Blue - Every year blue birds migrate to valley areas near Craven, Saskatchewan to take up residence in the birdhouses that sit attached or atop the fence posts. This little fella was the only one I spotted when I made my journey there but I was satisfied as he sat and posed for me for quite a while. Red - This pic of my son was taken during an adventure packed visit to Waskesiu, Saskatchewan. We had just finished a morning of dog sledding through the boreal forest and spent the afternoon tubing on the slopes at Elk Ridge resort.