Happiness, Outdoors, Travel

Planes and Cars and Ferries – Oh my!

Last year, we planned our summer vacation out on the Canadian west coast.  It’s such a beautiful part of the country!  Our first stop – Vancouver City – what a unique, eclectic and picturesque city.  We chose to stay right near Canada Place (right downtown near the seawall).  We had a great view from our hotel where you could see the large Alaskan cruise ships come into Canada Place (Alaskan cruise is on my list!)  I found the hotel kept us centrally located – not far from Granville Island, close to Stanley Park – as well as still being close to the airport, and so much more!

You always need to bring something from home …this was his view
This was my view !

True to British Columbia fashion, we did have at least one rainy day (we went in the middle of July).  It didn’t dampen our travel spirts!  With the mountains as your backdrop and the ocean at your feet – we were collecting Seashells !

Animal Love

Nosey Parker

For those of you that have had a dog – you know the joy and humour they can bring to your life.  I spend quite a ridiculous amount of time having conversations with my K-9 companion – and I hardly speak his language!  A year ago, I started becoming more conscious towards what I ingest, apply to my body and use within my home – not only did it impact my quality of life, but also the husbands and the mutts!  I have taken to baking the pup some dog biscuits made with love!  He watches every move – while I make a disaster of my kitchen and cross my fingers (for my sake and his) that they are edible by the time I finish!  Can you see the excitement ? 

Look at that eye!
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Food, Happiness, Travel

Yes, I think with my Stomach!

My husband is amazed that how when I wake up, before breakfast, I can already be thinking about dinner.  It’s either where we are going, or what am I making.  I love to cook and experience new places and cuisine.  That is why part of every road trip has ‘secret stops’ that I have planned – because if it’s crazy to think about dinner when it’s just hours away – it must be certifiably insane to think about it months out!  Yes – food makes me happy!  I believe I had seen it on food network – but Tacofino is a place you absolutely need to hit up if you find yourself in Tofino (which btw – is another amazing place to visit!!!). Tacofino is a food truck (originally) that focuses on fresh flavors – with an a-mazing menu.  It’s a tricky lil place to find off the main road – but absolutely worth the double-back if you miss it.  We indulged in the fish tacos – which is what they were originally known for.

It is definitely a popular place with locals and surfers alike.  We probably waited about 30 minutes in line – but that is part of the food truck experience if you ask me.  They were so good – and yes, while eating them in Tofino, BC – I was already thinking of how I would make them back home!


Are Those the Mountains?  Are Those Mountains!

I remember when my husband and I were driving from Calgary to Moraine Lake, we kept wondering (are those the mountains? Are those mountains!). Boy did we feel silly not thinking we would know for certain when there were mountains!  No – we weren’t beamed down to earth that day – but it was overcast through portions of our drive – and let’s face it, we are from the Toronto area and our largest mountain is Blue Mountain – which doesn’t even come close to the Rockies !!  The Trans Canada highway, once out of Calgary, is a flat drive – when the road begins to wind, and you can notice the elevation change, it is still just a bit before you enter the section that makes your jaw drop.  You’ll feel the same!  I remember it was one curve to the right and then it was down in a little valley – then – we were surrounded.  Awestruck.  The size of them was overwhelming and mesmerizing! We took the Bow Valley Parkway from Banff to Moraine Lake, a more scenic drive than the Trans Canada (heavily wooded and curvy).  If making this trip yourself – be sure to plan extra time for the bump outs – they are these touristy little jut outs in the road that allow for you to pull over and looky-loo without making a mess of traffic or endangering yourself or others.  The other really neat thing on the Trans-Canada is these animal bridges that exist.

While I never did see anything crossing them – it felt good to see that we had finally found a better way to co-exist, in a respectful way.


Moving Mountains

In 2015, we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary.  Wanting to make sure we did something special, I took to an internet search – ‘Most Beautiful Place in Canada’.  It was my inner photographer doing the searching – but the result could not have been more true.  Moraine Lake has to be one of the most majestic places I have seen.  Now – I am far from a world traveler, but this place will leave you breathless (literally – it’s 6,183ft above sea-level).  The scenery was once on the back of the Canadian twenty-dollar bill (below) – but for nearly a week – it was our scenery everyday!  The bench in this picture is at the top of the ‘rock pile’ which was just a small hike to enjoy this view.  I spent every morning there – until the sound of the air-breaks would indicate the tour buses had arrived (I recommend getting to the top early in the morning – 6am in June).  I would get my seven-dollar coffee (I also recommend bringing coffee!) and take it all in –  can still feel the crisp glacier air on my face.  I can smell the freshness of being so isolated from civilization deep in Banff National Park. I can hear ….I can hear ….nothing – absolute silience. Peace.  It was one morning that everything came into perspective for me – everything stopped, yet everything started.  So many things that had created mind clutter, became clear, became calm, became in perspective.  By no means does this mean, that since this moment, my life is together. What it does mean – is I found a happy place. That place in my brain that I can recall, and have every sense go back to a morning on the rock pile.  Where is your happy place?  Your Seashell?  Look for more posts from this vacation to come soon!



She Seeks Seashells

I’ve always known that I found fresh air and sound of water good for my soul – I mean who doesn’t ? Within the last two years, I find nothing calms and relaxes me like being near water; the crashing waves, the reflection of the sun, the presence of wildlife, and the distant noises of fellow tourists flocking toward the water just to soak it all up! Before we turn to move back into our realities – we scurry to gather up Seashells, our little mementos of the beach, and the happiness / happy times they symbolize. I can even remember my grandparents bringing me back Seashells and rocks from their vacations when I was a kid, like they were passing the happy memories from their vacations on to me without me even being aware of the significance. We all seek things that make us happy, make us remember happy and make us pass along happy. I have learned that happiness for me, comes from the small things – like Seashells. Join me in my journey where I seek the things that bring me happiness! The random, obscure and simple things!