Winter Mindfulness at Arrowhead Provincial Park

Ninja-like I was not: the waxless cross-country skis I rented from the park office hummed along as I gained steam down the hill. Combined with the mindless nattering of my inner dialogue, I couldn’t hear anything else.  When I reached the crest of the next hill I stopped and listened. A light breeze whispered through evergreens. A downy woodpecker knocked insistently. Saturday morning traffic droned on Highway 11. My friends’ laughter carried back to me, urging me to catch up.

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Review: Untamed Antarctica

Is Antarctica on your bucket list? It wasn’t much of a blip on my radar screen. I’d glance at the pricey boat tours in adventure travel brochures and wonder how seasick the crossing would make me. It must have planted a seed though because the universe has been throwing some interesting tidbits my way. Six months ago I attended a Rob Stimpson photography workshop in Killarney, Ontario. Rob is a Canadian photographer with many trips to the Antarctic under his belt and a gorgeous portfolio to boot. Two months ago I noticed conversations starting on social media about kayaking Antarctica. And last month, I attended a National Geographic Live event at Roy Thomson Hall, here in Toronto.

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Plan Your First Winter Overnight

I shivered in my old sleeping bag, listening to the wind howl around my tent. It felt as if I were attempting to sleep on a slab of marble. Live and learn, I thought. Here it was, the end of October on the PPJ trail in Quebec and my gear wasn’t good enough. I’d have to make some purchases before we started in on the winter camping portion of our program.

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