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.
I love it when you happen to be at the right place at the right time.
The right place today was on this gravel road running my dogs minutes from home. The right time was catching the golden lights of sunset. The result was this shot (unedited), the only one I took with my iphone4.
This is my favourite type of prairie scene – so simple yet so beautiful. Hope you enjoy it!
“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.
Coo-Cooo! I do! I do! So much so that I adopted one!
Let me introduce you to the newest member of the Smith-Nelson clan although technically he doesn’t live with us. This is Trooper! He was born and raised at the Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre, hatching there in 2005.
Did you know? Maintaining owls in captivity can cost up to costs approximately $400/owl/year in food alone! Help a bird out!
Trooper was hand raised so that he could become tame enough to participate in the Centre’s educational programs, but at the ripe old age of 8 he’s recently retired and living the good life. I am hoping to meet him sometime next month!
It can be said that there are many cool aspects and perks to being a travel writer/photographer. Sometimes we get to explore exciting destinations, meet incredibly interesting people, learn about other cultures, try new and exotic food and drinks, stay in places we would have never imagined and live out many adventures some (including us) have only dreamed of.
Of course on the flip side of that is the work. The planning, the conceptualizing, the frantic pace, the pitching, the recovery from rejection of unsuccessful pitching, the writing, the editing and so on! But for those of us who thrive on the ability to tell the stories of travel we feel the need to just keep on keeping on. Even if we live paycheck to paycheck or aren’t sure when we are going to get a paycheck! After all, that is where happiness (in its various forms) is derived from for many of us.
And, when we succeed in drawing attention to a destination that we truly have enjoyed – is where all the starts align. On a recent trip to Pine Island Resort in Northern Saskatchewan, I was beyond humbled to receive the honour of having a Bay named after me. I was told this was in appreciation for me being there, doing my job. Those are the days where I realize how truly fortunate I am to be able to do what I do and meet who I meet.
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.