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Guide to visiting Mt Rainier National Park, WA

Up there with my favourite US National Parks visited during our three-month road trip across America is Mt Rainier. Visiting Mt Rainier when we did meant there was still plenty of snow and the lakes were frozen (mid-May), but this made it even pretty. Plus, we were treated to an absolute beauty of a sunset and I saw my first ever bear! It happened to be wandering across the road once we turned a corner ...

Complete guide to visiting North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park, Washington was the last US National Park we visited during our three-month cross country road trip. The year we visited winter had been kinda crazy all along the west coast so some roads were still closed at the beginning of June! It's true, the summer season in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest is short but it's a beautiful one! Plus, even if you visit outside of the winter months, you're ...

Vango Latitude 400 sleeping bag review

I've got a lot of hiking and backcountry adventures planned in my head for the upcoming summer season. Up until recently, I didn't have all the gear (besides a tent) with me in Canada and renting, as useful as it can be, doesn't allow for spontaneity when you have to book in advance and have things back by a certain time! So receiving some Vango gear was a very exciting package to come home to. ...

Mount Seymour camping [Free camping near Vancouver]

One of the many great things about living in Vancouver is that there are mountains right on our doorstep. In 1.5 hours you can go from downtown to backcountry wilderness! This Easter weekend Thom and I headed up to do some Mount Seymour camping and were treated to the most incredible sunset and views with absolutely no one else around. If you're looking for awesome camping near Vancouver then consider camping at Mt Seymour. Check ...

The best day hikes and backpacking in Death Valley National Park, California!

I didn't have many expectations for Death Valley. I'd never really heard much about it apart from the fact it gets super hot. But on our visit to Death Valley during our 3 month USA road trip, not only did it pour down with rain more than it did at any other point during our trip, but I was genuinely surprised about how pretty and extensive the park is. In fact, I'd put it out ...

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 ...