Sunday sight: Beaver ponds

Sunday sight: Beaver ponds
We were recently out at Long Lake Provincial Park (just over an hour NE of Edmonton on the way to Fort McMurray, Alberta). While I’d camped at nearby Skeleton & Amisk Lakes many times, I’d never stayed at this park. They have beautiful hiking & biking trails, including one that runs right beside ponds home ...

Saturday sight: Centre Alberta

Saturday sight: Centre Alberta
A common misconception is that Edmonton is in northern Alberta. Turns out the community of Swan Hills – a couple hours NW – is actually the geographic centre of the province. It’s found on aptly named Grizzly Trail highway. 

Saturday sight: Snye Park

Saturday sight: Snye Park
The last time I’d been to Fort McMurray’s Snye Park was a couple years ago. Construction wasn’t done then but the sunset remains beautiful. 2014 2016

Welcome home [again]

Welcome home [again]
There’s a line about home in Sleepless in Seattle that’s always stuck with me. When Sam Baldwin is asked what was special about his wife that had passed on, he says “I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home…only to no home I’d ever known…I was just taking ...

The internet of where you come from

Going home to a farm for Thanksgiving (especially if harvest is done) is probably one of those rare times that the actual experience lives up to farm life clichés. It’s quiet. A time to disconnect and enjoy one another’s company. As I’ve moved further and further away from our family farm, it’s an experience that is increasingly ...

Language: A rewarding but complex gift

The first time I hear a friend speak in a different language to someone else is really like a moment of awe for me. That friend can tell you that they speak Mandarin but until you hear him or her chat with someone else – maybe even share a laugh – it changes things a ...

Putting my town on Google Earth 1

You know how in movies a grown-up kid comes home to find her bedroom exactly as she left it after she graduated from high school? Well that never happened to me. The second that I moved out, my brother moved into my room and my stuff was out. And my mom laughed when I said ...