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Balancing Adventure on a Budget

Lake Louise & Moraine Lake, Alberta

July 2017 – We spent our last full day in Alberta hiking & canoeing at Lake Louise and visiting Moraine Lake.  Since our cabin was only a mile away from Lake Louise, we walked uphill to the lake to avoid… Continue Reading →

Athabasca Glacier Walk, Icefields Parkway, & Yoho National Park, Alberta

July 2017 – We checked out of our room at Sunwapta and headed south to the Icefield Centre.  Across the street and up a drive is the parking lot for the Athabasca Glacier.  I had dressed in layers – a… Continue Reading →

Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park

July 2017 – After an exhausting previous day and evening, the alarm came too early for us to get ready for Maligne Lake.  The promise of one of the best places to see wildlife in Jasper National Park was motivation… Continue Reading →

Driving the Icefields Parkway, Alberta

June 2017 – After a long day of flying (had to get up at 3am Eastern), we arrived at the Calgary airport at 12:30pm (Mountain Time).  The airport is super efficient and we were in our rental car and on… Continue Reading →

Gear Review: Sandals & Boots

First we tried Keen sandals.  After two years of hard use in Florida environments, the shoes were still going strong.  We then added Keen hiking boots into the mix for our trips north and into rockier environments.  I’ll review each… Continue Reading →

Gear Review: Hydration Packs & Bags

One aspect of our adventures that has taken a lot of tweaking is in the area of bags and hydration packs.  Because of this, we have accumulated several bags over the years (some of which we use for different purposes)…. Continue Reading →

Silver Springs Cabins & Paddling

June 2017 – We spent two nights in a wonderful cabin at Silver Springs State Park.  The cabins are secluded, shaded, and private.  They are really large inside, with two huge bedrooms, a large bathroom, a living area, and a… Continue Reading →

Three Sisters Springs & Crystal River

June 2017 – We launched at Hunter Springs Park for the easy, mile long  paddle to Three Sisters Springs.  Hunter Springs Park cost a few dollars to park but has bathrooms, places to rinse off, and an unloading zone in front… Continue Reading →

Paddling to the Dome Houses at Cape Romano, Marco Island

May 2017 – While visiting the Gulf Coast and Everglades, we planned a paddling trip to the famous dome houses at Cape Romano.  The history of the houses had fascinated me since the first time I saw them mentioned online,… Continue Reading →

Everglades City, Ochopee, and Shark Valley

May 2017 – We spent three nights in the small town of Everglades City during our tour of the Gulf Coast.  It was very convenient to all the places we wanted to visit in and around the Everglades.  We stayed… Continue Reading →

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