Wednesday, December 14th 2016 – Dogsledding

So a week ago, myself and a fellow Aussie friend did one of the most iconic Canadian tourist things that you can do out here in The Rockies. We went dogsledding!!!

And dear holy jesus, it was the coldest I have ever been in my whole life. The temperature outside was about minus 16 degrees celsius, and we were still game enough to go dogsledding.

We had our tights and underclothes on, with a couple layers of sweaters, a Canadian winter jacket, snow pants, scarves, beanies and gloves!

After we decked ourselves out in the winter gear, we headed down to the Great Divide parking lot, just 2 or 3 kilometres down from the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, where we met up with our guides for the 90 minute Great Divide dogsledding adventure πŸ™‚

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As sunny and beautiful as it looked, there was a distinct chill in the air. The kind that made your nose hairs freeze and made your eyelashes stick together when you blink. That really dry cold moutain air. You know the kind I’m talking about.

We were then introduced to our team of dogs as well as our guide Megan “Queen of Kimgmik”, from Kingmik Dog Sled Tours. She was really cool and told us all the names of the dogs and handed out packet hand warmers (we would definitely need these later on).

Bonnie and I snuggled into the sled and made ourselves as warm and comfortable as possible and I soon pulled out the GoPro to get as much footage as I possibly could without my hand frezzing and snapping off haha.

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While we waited in the sled, the dogs became very impatient and we could tell that they were ready for this adventure just as much as we were!

It wasn’t long and we were off sledding down along the already carved path in the sled behind the dogs, casually passing people on the cross country skiing trail.

The dogs were beautiful and canine athletes in their prime.

Bonnie and I just sat back and enjoyed the view while listening to our guide tell us stories about how long she had been dogsledding for and more about the dogs as well as the area around the Great Divide.

The snow capped trees surrounded us on the trail, with big white mountains directly infront of us, just so grande that it was overwhelming.

After about forty minutes, we reached the Great Divide arch and turned around and Megan parked the dogs so we could get our for a stretch and move our feet around. This is also when the hand warmers came in handy. I pulled them out of my pocket, gave them a shake and placed them on the inside of my gloves to warm up the hands.

We got some fun pics with the dogs and gave them another quick pat before heading back for the rest of the journey.

As cold as it was in the sled (your body isn’t really moving and your feet get cold from laying still) it was honestly one of the most amazing experiences I have had the pleasure of being a part of while out here in Canada.

Check out my amateur GoPro video and get in contact with this amazing team if your looking to do a tour while out here in The Rockies πŸ™‚

 

 

Passionate – Why I Write

via Daily Prompt: Passionate

Let’s talk about the word passionate today πŸ™‚

I want to write this blog for everyone who has ever thought about writting or blogging, but just never ‘got around to it’.

It’s an easy enough excuse or reason. I used to have the same reasoning. Until one day I just started writing. Writing and writing and writing. I began writing my book four years ago and I have now been blogging for about 18 months.

I don’t always have a lot to say, or anything in general, but when I do, it comes out like an erupted volcano in my mind! The words just flow one after the other which is why I always carry a pen and paper with me to jot down my notes and thoughts. I think I may also have a slight case of ADHD and anxiety which keeps the thoughts going constantly haha.

That aside, why do I write?

I write, because I am passionate about it.

Between other jobs that I have had previuosly and now my current job, I have still managed to find time to complete the book and try as much as possible to keep my blog up to date.

I do it because I am passionate about writing.

Some do it for a full time job, and I know why! There can be a lot to it. Noting your thoughts, putting things together, editing and proof reading, keeping up to date and current!

Or you can just do it, because it is something you are passionate about.

Do you want to give it a go?

For me, it all began with writing notes in my ‘notes’ section on my iPhone. Yeah, it was that easy.Β That is where my book began.

Then one day, I looked into different blogging websites and came across wordpress (ah my godsend). This website has an app that I have on my phone, so that if I want to write something on the spot and I am not at my computer or I am out, I just jump onto the app, makes some notes and safe the post as a draft and go back to it later.

Some days, some of my posts can take me up to a day to complete, some might only take half an hour.

But I do it. I do it because I am passionate about writing.

I don’t know why, but for the longest time that I can remember, I have always had something to say. An opinion or an idea that i just need to share. Instead of talking the ears off of my friends all the time, I just started writing.

If you think you want to give blogging a go too friends, I recommend it!

If your reading this post, you are already one step towards the rest.Β Sign up to wordpress and just make one simple little blog.

Explore the website, see where the links and buttons take you.

Blogging is a wonderful and artisitic outlet.

I can’t believe that as of April 2015, I have now written 141 post, I’ve had 1,977 views and 970 different visitors to my blog.

All I have been doing for the last 18 months is write an online diary. That’s all.

If your still not convinced, carry a pen and paper around with you. When you think that there is something that you want to write about, an idea or project, just jot down the notes at the time and go back to it when you have time.

Before you know it, you will have a whole book of notes and ideas.

I encourage you, if you are passionate about your thoughts and writing, just do it. It doens’t even need to be for the rest of the world to see right away, it might just be the most therapeutic thing you will ever do for yourself.

 

Tuesday September 6th 2016 – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and Lake Louise

Yesterday we left Whistler quite early for a very long day in the car to Jasper.

There was some spectacular scenery along the way, but we didn’t get out of the car much or for long. Only every now and then to stretch and for a quick Walmart stop at Kamloops for supplies for my place and some lunch.

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When we reached Jasper, we were luck enough to see a small pack of deer. Mum and Dad were pretty excited about this!

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We had dinner at small restaurant in town and checked in at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and had an early night after our long car day.

This morning, I got to wake up to my Canadian birthday!!

We spent the morning looking around at Β Jasper Park Lodge then around the town and picking up a few small cute souvenirs.

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When we left Jasper, we headed along the Icefields Parkway towards Lake Louise πŸ™‚

The first stop on the drive was at Athabasca Falls.

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Very shortly after, we stopped in at Sunwapta Falls πŸ™‚

 

 

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These pictures literally speak for themselves..

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Finally that afternoon we arrived to my home, Lake Louise πŸ™‚

I showed Mum and Dad the lake for the first time, and they were pretty stoked! They get it now, what all the fuss is all about ❀

Tonight, we celebrated with my Lake Louise friends at Deer Lodge just down the road for dinner and drinks.

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Cheers! Heres to my friends, family and followers

Sunday September 4th 2016 – Whistler and The Fairmont Chateau Whistler

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Pictures can not justify that morning sunrise view

This morning we were up bright and early to check out. We were making our way to Whistler via the Sea to Sky Highway for a very exciting day!

I had booked for Mum, Dad and myself to go bobsleighing at the Whistler Sliding Centre. This was going to be an ultimate Canadian experience for sure!!

The summer seasons program is known as the ‘Rolling Thunder’, and while the bobsleighs that us as guests go in are modified and go considerably slower, the nerves were still starting to build up as we arrived and had to sign our lives away πŸ˜‰

The morning started with a tour around the track and some history about the courses and Olympic events that have been held there.

After the walk around and tour we headed to the top where we had a safety briefing and helmets fitted then we watched the first group take off.

From corner 7 down to the end, most of the times avaraged between 50 and 53 seconds. It was seemed like they were going slow from where we were watching as spectators.

It was quite a different story when it was our turn! Haha.

We were strategically loaded into the sleigh with a professional driver to steer as well as break. We were all loaded in together and the driver came around to get some momentum going, knocking on our helmets for good luck before pushing us off for our 50 something second joy ride!

At first, it didn’t feel like we were going too fast, but after going around a couple of corners, the speed really started to pick up! We watched carefully the passenger infront of us to see which way to tilt our heads. Then before we knew it, it was all over!

It was such a great experience though! Woah, what an adrenaline rush! Mum and Dad loved it too πŸ™‚

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Once we had regained our legs, we jumped back in the car and drive down to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler to check in, for Dad to go off and play golf (Happy Birthday Dad) and for Mum and I to go to the spa for the afternoon (Happy Birthday Mum)

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler is also another propety I can tick off the list πŸ™‚

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Wednesday May 11th 2016 – The Canadian Fairmont Bucket List

When Mum and I finished at the spa after a few hours of pampering, we went back up to the room to find a little treat waiting for us ❀

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Fairmont, you guys are too sweet ❀

That night when Dad returned from golf, we went down to The Grill Room for dinner.

Oh my god, I am loving Whistler so much. Everywhere I have turned, I am falling even more inlove with this town. The food at The Grill Room was out of this world.

I started off again with a salad, the Young Greens Salad. For my main meal, I had the Pemberton Meadows Dry Aged Rib Eye. The chef even brought it out on a wheeled table to talk to us about the cut before cutting off the piece directly in front of me before wheeling it back into the kitchen to be cooked.

 

Saturday September 3rd 2016 – Vancouver and The Fairmont Waterfront

This morning my parents and I left Seattle to head up to Vancouver.

First we stopped by the Pike Market Place though, to get in a quick tourist picture πŸ™‚

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We left early to ‘try’ and beat some of the Labor Day weekend traffic, but by the time we reached the border, it was busy regardless.

We got into Vancouver not long after lunch time where we checked in to The Fairmont Waterfront property. One that is on my Canadian bucket list πŸ˜‰

Wednesday May 11th 2016 – The Canadian Fairmont Bucket List

 

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Ahh! So much excitement πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

When we checked in, our room wasn’t ready. Which I half expected because it was only midday. So we dropped off the car, walked up to the Fairmont Pacific Rim to have a quick look in, then walked along the False Creek Seawall all the way to Stanley Park.

When we reached Stanley Park, we decided that the best way to get around was by a horse drawn carriage.

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After Stanley Park, we went back to the hotel to pick up the car and drive over to the Capilano Suspension Bridge!

Canada, you are so beautiful!!

That night, we ate at the ARC Restaurant at the Waterfront.

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For an appetizer, I had the Pacific Prawn Salad.

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Who knew that a simple salad could be so amazing! Yum!

For my main, I ordered the Ross Down Farms Chicken and the Lavendar 75 cocktail πŸ™‚

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I love being able to try amazing food like this. People are truly talented. And that cocktail! I’ve never had lavendar in a cocktail before, but it was to die for. It was B.E.A.UTIFUL! And the lavendar is even grown in their own roof top garden. Great work Fairmont!

 

Friday September 2nd 2016 – Seattle

Well, my morning started at about 4.30am this morning when my first alarm went off. I hit snooze and rolled back over. by 4.45am, I knew I just had to get up. I had to shower, have atleast one coffee, finish packing my bag and walk to the bus stop at the front of the hotel, all by 6am.

Today was the day that I got to see my parents for the first time in a year! I have the next 9 days off work to spend with them. They have been travelling around the north west of the United Stated and an Alaskan cruise and now they will be travelling around Canada with me.

First stop, Seattle!

That is why I had to be at the bus stop at 6am, to catch the bus to Calgary airport and fly out at 1pm to Seattle where I was meeting them.

With the one hour time difference, I arrived at about 2.3pm and still had an hour or so before they were meeting me at the airport. So worked on some old blogs for a little while until they arrived.

Finally when they did, it was an emotional reunion and Mum and Dad had to say goodbye to friends that they had dropped off at the airport.

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During the afternoon in Seattle, we stopped in at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel Seattle (unfortunately, they were fully booked out and we didn’t stay there)

 

It was turning into a wet and chilly afternoon with the weather turning. Apparently Seattle is famour for it though. It didn’t dampen our spirits and we made our way to the Space Needle πŸ™‚

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You are pretty cool Seattle!

Sunday August 21st 2016 – “The climb is tough, but the view from the top is worth it”Β 

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Today I had a day off so I decided to go on a hike πŸ™‚

Last hike I did was to Lake Agnes. Today I decided on doing a hike that is an extension of Lake Agnes, the Little Beehive.

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I stopped in at Mirror Lake πŸ™‚
The views on the way up are breathtaking πŸ™‚

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At Lake Agnes again πŸ™‚

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On the summit on the way to the top of Little Beehive πŸ™‚

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It was quite a treck! And the elevation is 2,270 metres above sea level, so my chest and lungs felt it more than my legs.

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Thursday August 11th 2016 – My first bear sightingΒ 

For quite a few months now, everyone I know has been posting pictures of animals that they have seen in the area. Mainly black bears and grizzly bears now that it is summer and they are all out and about.

We do live in a National Park, so realistically it is their backyard and they can be seen almost anywhere!

Up until now, I had been sad that I hadn’t yet had my first bear sighting. My room mate and I were coming back to Lake Louise from Canmore after doing groceries and decided to take the Bow Valley Parkway. It is known for its common wild life sightings.

I have never seen anything more beautiful and magical!


Don’t worry, we were confined to the safety of the car!

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Tuesday August 9th 2016 – It’s been a year already..

Today, is one year since I left Australia for my big overseas adventure.

A whole 365 days had gone so quickly and I wonder how the time has really flown by.

I never expected it to go so quickly, but somehow, between work, socializing, exploring and meeting some truly incredible people, another year in life has come and gone.

I want to re cap on what I have learnt while being away for a year

1. I live to travel

Everything that I do, that I save for and think about is where the next destination is. What is the next adventure? Where else in the world do I want to explore.

The more than one travels, the more focused they are in doing so to keep traveling.

I have seen so many wonderful sights in the last year in the USA and here in the Canadian Rockies. This continuesly inspires me to want to see more.

2. Bad things will always happen whether you are travelling or not.

Don’t be afraid of something happening and letting it stop you from travelling. Whether some one is sick or going through a hard time, life will continue to go on.

I don’t mean to describe this in a selfish way, I just mean that sometimes it can’t be helped when something happens and you can’t be there for your family in the flesh.

Things have happened back at home in Australia in the last 12 months, things that I would typically be around my family for in a time of need.

Unfortunately, being on the other side of the world from your family can have its challenges. Being away doesn’t mean I don’t care, it just means I am chasing my dreams, and realistically it can be difficult to be home at short notice.

I speak to my family regularly over Facebook chat and on the phone a lot. I wish I could be there more.

But something inside me, part of my fate and calling I guess you could say, has lead me to be here in Canada right now to travel, work and explore. So I make the most of my time while I am travelling, and I remember that good things happen too 😊

3. No two days are ever the sameΒ 

Each and everyday is a new and exciting adventure!

Something new is around each corner and you can never expect what will happen each day.

This is why every day is different, especially in Lake Louise-

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Lake Louise is so beautiful that it blows me away. I still pinch myself every day that the view is constantly changing and evolving with the weather and the season.

There is something new every single day πŸ™‚

4. Through traveling, you find like minded people.

People are like magnets, what we are is what we attract.

I find myself to be a happy, positive and outgoing person. That is also the sort of people that I seem to attract.

I have met people out here that lived unique and interesting lives and I find them fascinating.

Like Buddha says “What you think you create, what you feel you attract, what you imagine you become”.

I enjoy and appreciate having friends that motivate and inspire me, and in return I hope that I inspire them too ❀

5. Lake Louise is it’s little own unique snow globe.

If you are looking to work in Lake Louise, or most places in the Canadian Rockies, be prepared for the isolation.

Some people aren’t up to handling the isolation out here, but for those who enjoy the tranquility, Lake Louise is perfect for you.

Lake Louise is 1,600 meters (5,200 Ft) above sea level. The air is much thinner and the life is much quieter.Β Coming from a town with a population of 35,000 people and a car, my local coffee shop and several shopping malls, I underestimated the feeling of being part of a town and society.

Here in Lake Louise, I don’t have nor do I need a car. I get my groceries about once a month from Canmore where I car pool or get the shuttle and my days off are spent hiking or sun baking. We have a small colleagues takeaway shop that stocks toilet paper and other bit and pieces of groceries and a staff pub next to it.

It is a rare opportunity that when I do go away for a few days to Calgary or other places, I realize again what society in a normal city is like. Traffic jams and sky scraper buildings. People rushing about on the concrete side walk on the way to work or appointments.

I love the peaceful tranquility of Lake Louise. I walk to work which takes me 5 minutes. The staff accomadation is like dormitory style. I live in a building that has foor floors, 11 appartments on each floor and in each appartment, is 2 rooms with queen beds. I have my own room and share the appartment with another Australian.

All of our spa friends live in the same building, and when ever we want to visit our hang out or pre drink before going out to the pub, we just walk down the hallway and we are at someone else’s house.

This is a different way of life. This isn’t like living in a town of 35,000 people where I have my dog, a car, tupperware parties and my local pizza take away shop.

It’s not wrong, it’s just different. And I’ve never been happier.

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Thursday August 4th 2016 – Paddle boardingΒ 

Today I had the day off and decided to be a little more adventurous.

At the colleague services department, we can loan out equipment like tents and vests and paddle boards!

So Natasha and I thought we would try our luck paddle boarding.Β Needless to say, it was much easier sitting down on them than actually standing up it turns out.

We picked up the boards from colleague services and managed to set them up then we headed down to the lake.

After a rocky start, we discovered how to paddle properly off we went.

The views while being out in the middle of the lake, were really out of this world.

We had some fun and a laugh on the lake, a snack and some sun baking before ending the day.

Check out my little GoPro video!