A November getaway with three lovelies from the island - Mary, Katie and Breanna. It was mostly dark inside the cabin, which created the perfect opportunity to showcase the photos in black and white.
Dawson City, Yukon - it was golden.
I bought my flight tickets on a Wednesday night and I was off to explore a brand new territory the next day. Christine and I rolled into Whitehorse around 3am Friday morning and crashed at a friend's house (Thanks Beth!). With minimal sleep and a quick flight from Whitehorse to Dawson City, we hitched a ride into town on the back of Cud's truck.
The city itself was stuck in the gold rush era with a population of ~1, 375, but there were lots of sites to explore. You can even tell by the colour lines where the Klodike and Yukon river meet (see pictures below)! Food was often bought from Cheechakos (great breakfast sandwiches) and Bonanza (really good samosas and cheap(er) everything else). Some highlights from the weekend were of course the League of Lady Wrestlers event, Midnight Dome, exploring shipwrecks, seeing live shows at Gerties, hammock camping in Yukon River Campground, taking the tiny ferry back and forth, drinks at the Pitt and the midnight sun.
Though the Thunderdome event was the main reason I visited the Yukon, I had so much fun with Christine, Annie, Rebekah, Casey and Norman exploring the city and its surroundings. The weekend was plenty of time to see everything and the next time I visit I definitely want to explore Tombstone Territorial Park. Thank you for the truly unique experience!
A well timed weekend getaway to the Sunshine Coast was exactly what we needed. It truly felt like summer had arrived.
The weekend officially started with an introduction to Vera (Mike's exterra) on Friday afternoon and some seriously delicious ho-chos at Roberts Creek Campground. If you are ever on the fence about bringing a bottle of baileys camping, just do it. You won't regret it, as it doubles up as a morning and evening treat ;) Saturday was sculpted with many spontaneous decisions, and an exceptionally good one was seeing the Rising Appalachia at townhall. It was their last stop on the Sea to Seed tour and I think it allowed all of us to tap into lovely Sunshine Coast vibes. Apart from the concert, some close seconds were beach walks, lime toss, blurtizes (blueberry mojitos) and a few too many games of bonanza.
Sunday was assigned to be our "hike" day and we chose to check out Tannis Lake in Tetrahedron Provincial Park. We were surprised by the amount of snow on the mountain but enjoyed the sun halo ("a ring caused by sunlight passing through ice crystals") that greeted us for the entire hike. If we visit the coast again soon, I'm going to make sure to checkout some of the cabins on trail, since the snow deterred us this time. After making our way backdown, we mellowed out by another beach spot which was exactly 30% shade and 70% sun as per Breanne's and Kendall's specifications. The amount of chill we all experienced was so wonderful, and the reality of playing in both snow and sand on the same day really sunk in. BC is just so beautiful. Some of my fave pictures are found below:
In light of Canada 150 and #the100dayproject, I created a project for Aaron and myself. We want to spend 100 days exploring Canada starting March 19th, 2017 and commit to it with December 31, 2017 as a deadline. I think this is the perfect opportunity for us to continue exploring BC, and maybe even make it up to the Northwest Territories for the Dawson City Music Festival. With my full time work and part time school schedule, this is going to be quite the challenge, but we have 286 days left. This means on average 2.5 days outside for at least 2 hours of hiking/exploring municipal, provincial and national parks per week. The type of activity doesn't matter, as long as we spend time outdoors.
This blog post will be continuously updated to include new locations and photographs. You can also see updates on my instagram (@teagalle). We hope that by committing to a challenge like this, we will push ourselves to take advantage of the many natural features Canada has to offer and also inspire our friends and family to spend more time outdoors.
Day 1// March 19, 2017// Golden Ears Provincial Park: Lower falls trail// + Aaron and Greg
HIGHLIGHT(S): The clouds clearing up at the end of the hike to reveal a rainbow.
Day 2 // March 25, 2017// Crescent beach, Surrey// + Aaron
HIGHLIGHT(S): Lots of herring eggs had washed up on the beach which was unusual since the herring had previously spawned further away from shore. This meant increased presence of bald eagles, sea gulls and sea lions. We saw at least 30 sea lions peaking their heads up above the water.
Day 3// March 26, 2017// Sasamat Lake, Port Moody// + Aaron
HIGHLIGHT(S): This trail was super easy, which meant I could stop often to checkout all the cool fungi and lichen. These photos are from an iPhone + lens attachments.
Day 4// April 1, 2017// Crescent beach, Surrey// + Aaron
HIGHLIGHT(S): The weather was so nice, we had to go again. This time the tide was out and we saw a dead starry flounder camouflaged in the sand.
Day 5// April 2, 2017// Munro Lake, Burke Mountain, Port Coquitlam// 10:30am -2:30pm, 4 hours//+ Aaron, Zbynek, Hannah
HIGHLIGHT(S): 4 hour hike where we experienced all four seasons.
Day 6// April 7, 2017// Queen Elizabeth Park//+ Mackenzie
HIGHLIGHT(S): Cherry blossom picnic and watercolour
Day 7// April 9, 2017// Chadsey Lake, Sumas Mountain// 10km hike, 5 hours, 11:30am-3:30pm//+ Aaron
HIGHLIGHT(S): Relatively easy hike, though it did get steep at certain parts. The lake was still frozen when we got there, but there were some beautiful views along the way.
Day 8// April 15, 2017// Crescent beach//+ Aaron
HIGHLIGHT(S): The sunset
Day 9 // April 16, 2017// Mt. Thom, and Teapot Hill Tail, Cultus Lake//+ Aaron
HIGHLIGHT(S): Our first campsite of the season was at Cultus Lake this year. Even though we set up our tent, we fell asleep in our hammock. Teapot hill trail at Cultus lake was a special hike because there was a tradition of leaving tea pots on the hill. Aaron and I counted about 30+ teapots and cups along the hike.
Day 10// April 15, 2017// Lindeman Lake//+ Aaron
HIGHLIGHT(S): Relatively easy hike (45-60mins) with beautiful views of teal water and mountains.
Day 11// April 15, 2017// Earth Day Event at Mahon Park
Day 12// April 28, 2017// White Rock//+ Aaron, Thisuri, Tim
HIGHLIGHT(S): Walking the pier and along the shoreline
Day 13// April 30, 2017// Stave Lake//+ Aaron
HIGHLIGHT(S): Recording videos of little critters along the hike.
Day 14// May 1, 2017// Tulip Festival, Abbotsford & Blodel Conservatory//+ Thisuri, Tim
HIGHLIGHT(S): All the colours! Conditions were pretty muddy though. Blodel Conservatory was also way better than I expected.
Day 15// May 6, 2017// Van Dusen Botanical Gardens & Chilliwack Lake Rd camping//+ Aaron, Thisuri, Tim, Dan
HIGHLIGHT(S): Finding a sweet spot to set up our hammock camping spot. Our campsite was right next to the road.
Day 16// May 7, 2017// Lindemand Lake, Greendrop Lake//+ Aaron, Thisuri, Tim, Dan
HIGHLIGHT(S): A really fun hike. It was pretty hilarious when Dan fell into the water when we were having lunch at Greendrop lake.
Day 17-20// May 19-22, 2017// Sunshine Coast//+ Aaron, Mike, Breanna, Kendall, Jess and Dave
HIGHLIGHT(S): The entire weekend. Nothing but perfection. Link to blog post - http://thanushieagalle.com/blog/2017/5/24/sunshine-coast
Day 21-22// May 27-28, 2017// Squamish//+ Aaron
HIGHLIGHT(S): The weekend was dedicated to completing the Tourism Challenge. The hammock site we chose for Saturday night has so far been the worst spot, but on Sunday we were able to relax in a beautiful spot.
Day 24// June 9, 2017// Crescent Beach//+ Aaron
Day 23// June 5, 2017// Crescent Beach//+ Aaron
Day 25// June 11, 2017// Ambleside Farmer's market, Ambleside Beach, Whytecliff Park//+ Jasmine, Milo
HIGHLIGHT(S): Getting sugar cookies and mini doughnuts from the farmer's market and then enjoying it at the beach.
Day 26// June 17, 2017// Beekeeping Field Day in Surrey, Serpentine Wildlife Refuge//+ Aaron
HIGHLIGHT(S): Enjoying the company of fellow beekeepers during the day and learning about different research that's happening in the honeybee world.
Day 27// July 3, 2017// Mount Seymour//+ Aaron
HIGHLIGHT(S): The top of the mountain was still covered in snow, so we decided to do a trail a bit further down. One of my favourite moments was coming across a small waterfall.
Day 28// July 8, 2017// Cat Lake Camping//+ Aaron
HIGHLIGHT(S): Cat Lake campground was full, but as we were walking around in search of a camp spot, a fellow named Jesse and his 3 year old son Porter offered us space at their campsite. The campsite itself was busy, but it was so nice to see/experience strangers being kind to one another.
Day 29// June 9, 2017// Joffre Lakes//+ Aaron
HIGHLIGHT(S): The views! Very crowded, but the views were still amazing.
Nothing went as planned, but we made the most of it - and it was grrreat!
Taylor and I decided to go to Vancouver island for the weekend to be there for a public release of specimens at the Ucluelet aquarium. The ferry ride was memorable, with a pod of dolphins swimming nearby, and we were soon joined by Mary in her CRV after landing. However, as nature would have it, Highway 4 got washed out (the only road to Ucluelet) and we spent the night in Port Alberni. After a night out at the Arlington Hotel bar, where Taylor soon became best friends with a retired fire sergeant, who also happened to be Santa in their annual X-mas boat parade, we settled in at the HoJo (Howard Johnson Hotel). With some eggs benny and good coffee to start off the morning, we headed to Victoria in hopes of getting some good hikes in on the Sunday.
The plan was to check out a small tea cabin on the Kludahk trail, but as the winding roads became icier, we had to reroute again. This time Taylor and I wanted to hike to Mystic Beach, while Mary caught some waves. Luckily, it worked out. Mystic beach was true to its name and was quite the magical location. Pictures from our adventures are found below.
Pride 2016 is everything that I hoped it would be. From all the colourful outfits, to wide smiles and dirty dancing, it was the biggest celebration of love. After living in Canada for 17 years, I haven't had the chance to celebrate pride downtown Toronto till now - and wow was it worth it! Think music festival, but a lot more gayer ;)
Some highlights from the weekend included Brian Milward's comedy show, walking around and enjoying the different stages on church street, meeting up with friends I haven't seen in a while, cheering on the floats at the Sunday parade, and of course seeing Justin Trudeau supporting the LGBTQ community. Definitely the best Canada day/Pride weekend!