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A guide to visiting Death Valley National Park, California

I didn't really know what to expect when it came to visiting Death Valley in California. Well, that's not entirely true, I expected it to be hot. Death Valley is a National Park that's below-sea-level and is renowned for being in a steady drought. It's where you find record making temperatures in the summer but when we visited this was not the case. It rained, it poured and thunder and lightning all night. We ended ...

How to find the Cypress Mountain cabins

Tucked away in amongst the trees near Cypress Mountain ski resort are around 100 Cypress cabins. If you've skied or snowshoed up at Cypress it's unlikely you'll have seem them as they're pretty well hidden. They're privately owned but there are trails in the forest which will take you passed some of the gorgeous Hollyburn cabins on Cypress Mountain, Vancouver.  We recently hired some snowshoes and went on a cabin hunt. Because everyone knows cabins ...

Best Zion National Park hikes

With all the National Parks we visited across the US on our three month USA road trip we tried to get in at least one hike. Zion National Park, Utah was no exception. How could it be when there are so many incredible Zion National Park hikes? We did the Angel's Landing trail in Zion which is very well known for its steep drop-offs and beautiful vistas. If you're planning a trip to Zion and ...

Artist Point Snowshoe, Mt Baker

On a clear day you can see Mt Baker in Washington State from Vancouver. That sight still blows my mind. Since we've recently got some new Canadian visas, we decided to head down on a weekend road trip to the US to get a bit closer to Mt Baker. On the itinerary: do an artist point snowshoe hike and then spend the following day skiing at Mt Baker ski resort. The Artist Point snowshoe trail ...

How to find cheap flights everywhere (but especially Canada!)

  Do you want to know one of the things I miss the absolute most about living in the UK? The cheap flights. Gone are the days where I can get a return flight for £30 ($53CAD) to an entirely different country with a different culture just for the weekend. Instead, they've been replaced with return flights for hundreds of dollars where I'm only a few hour's drive away from where I started. And to get ...

A first timers guide to Zion National Park, Utah

I don't think I'd ever heard of Zion National Park before visiting as part of our three month USA road trip. It's definitely a popular National Park (one of the most visited in the US!) but it's not quite on the level of The Grand Canyon or Yosemite, at least when it comes to how well it's known in the UK. If you're wondering whether to visit Zion National Park, Utah then the answer should ...

Grand Canyon South Rim best hikes

Ah, the Grand Canyon...as the name suggests it's an absolutely huge canyon. This place will blow you away no matter how many times you see pictures of it. What better way to enjoy visiting the Grand Canyon South Rim than to get out there and do one (or more!) of the Grand Canyon South Rim's best hikes? I honestly think that one of the top Grand Canyon activities is going for a hike. This list ...

A guide to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim

Out of all the National Parks we visited, the Grand Canyon National Park had to be the one I'd heard the most about. I mean, who hasn't heard of the Grand Canyon?! What I hadn't realised is that there are different parts of the Grand Canyon you can visit. It makes sense since the canyon itself is so huge, but it's not something I'd considered before. We ended up visiting the Grand Canyon's South Rim ...

What to pack for Bryce Canyon National Park

  Are you planning a trip to Bryce Canyon National Park and wondering what to pack? It can be tricky knowing what to take with you when you visit a National Park. This is especially true when it comes to knowing what to pack for Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce Canyon is at a high elevation and so it can get pretty chilly no matter what time of the year. You should also expect snow ...

Manning Park Snowshoe trip to Windy Joe Mountain

I think if you embrace winter by still getting outdoors then it makes the short days and grey skies a lot more bearable. I'm a skier and so have always loved getting up into the mountains bust since moving to Vancouver I've enjoyed a different way of experiencing snowy landscapes: snowshoeing. I've done a couple of snowshoe trips so far this winter with hopefully a few more to come! More recently I embarked on my ...