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Nopiming with a paddle.

In classic Canadian fashion, this past weekend I headed out to Nopiming Provincial Park in Manitoba with some close friends for a quick canoe trip. Taking advantage of the unseasonably warm late-October weather this was to be our last hurrah before the snow came, and I couldn’t have asked for better weather or company.

Here are some photos of good people, their beards, a couple canoes, and, of course, the beautiful wilderness of Canada; for which I am all grateful.…

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  • Dave BensonOctober 26, 2017 - 4:24 pm

    Doesn’ t get any betterReplyCancel

Canada’s wild places and us.

Every time I find myself returning home to Canada, I am awed by the vast open spaces we have here. Every. Single. Time. The contrast with the high human density common in most other places around the world is stark, and this uniquely shapes both the land and all of us creatures who call Canada home.

Even today, in our modern world, the word Canada conjures up strong images in our minds of expansive landscapes. In this there is a shared national identity amongst diverse multiculturalism;…

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  • DanielJune 30, 2017 - 12:59 pm

    Well said David. I admit I was originally really excited about the free park passes this year, but after the initial excitement wore off I feel the same as you.ReplyCancel

Backcountry in my own backyard.

When you think about it, plane travel can be a jarring experience; rising early, entering the corrals of airports with a ticket in hand, and coming out the other side in vastly different culture and environment…the differences introduced within a single day can be extreme and quick.  Getting outside of your comfort zone can lead to a lot of growth on the road, but equally important is the potential for these contrasts to help you appreciate at home what you may have…

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  • Daniel C. CrumpJune 18, 2017 - 9:45 am

    Amazing what is in our own backyard. Sorry I missed the trip, not sorry I missed the wood ticks ?ReplyCancel

  • HenkJune 18, 2017 - 10:23 am

    Excellent blog! I envy you sometimes for your travels, far and close by…

    HenkReplyCancel

Life behind bars – Part 1: Solo in the Canadian Rockies.

This dream began in January of 2015: that is, to travel western Canada by bicycle.  I didn’t know where it came from; I had always been into cycling, but never like this.  The ultimate destination was one that has been on my radar for a while: the remote island of the Haida Gwaii (previously known as the Queen Charlotte Islands).  Travelling this way however is so much more than a destination – it is a serious journey, and filling in the route there and back …

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  • Wayne SmithJune 16, 2016 - 10:24 pm

    Loved the picture of Amigo.
    Nice writeup and great pics.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay Marie MulhollandJune 17, 2016 - 11:20 am

    You are so inspiring! Following your journey re-defined “vacations” for me, and planted seeds of new life goals 🙂 Thank you for exisitng – thank you for being youReplyCancel

  • Courtney Rae JonesJune 17, 2016 - 12:16 pm

    Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • DavidJune 17, 2016 - 12:21 pm

    Thanks for sharing Lindsay! It makes me happy to hear that you found it inspiring – that’s one of the main reasons I picked up a camera in the first place; that is, to inspire people to get outside and embrace life. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Joey SenftJune 17, 2016 - 3:17 pm

    Wow this is awesome David!ReplyCancel

  • CandiceJune 17, 2016 - 5:07 pm

    Wonderful story-telling! I’m looking forward to part 2!ReplyCancel