I have always loved to travel and be outside and I love to question things! Big landscapes inspire me, as do the things I see and experience outside my daily life and routines, the people I meet along the way, and the insights that I gain exploring this fantastic world in which we live.
Though that love of learning began when I was a child, spending wonderful bits of time on a farm outside of Toronto, it continued in my teaching of exceptional children in my years as an Academic Challenge teacher in Edmonton, and on through more than a decade of homeschooling my own children.
Those times spent romping through the forests and fields of that farm in my youth helped instil in me an independent spirit. That was heightened, especially in the final year of my degree in university, and then in the year following that in which I backpacked with my future husband, meeting people and exploring places in Europe and Asia. That independence was honed during our homeschooling years, where we travelled as much as we could, always in off-season times, learning from our experiences in and around the world (what better place is there for meaningful, truly relevant learning to occur than in the world-as-a-classroom, I ask you?). And it continues to be developed to this day with our outdoor, empty-nest adventures at home and afar.
Deeply ingrained in me is a sense of autonomy, a desperate need to continue exploring, and a passion for learning. I hope that through my travel and hiking blog I can share with you a taste of that thrill of learning, a wee bit of that passion for exploration and a huge chunk of that zest for living that is an essential part of who I am.
Trekking up a mountain’s shoulder, hiking through a flowering alpine meadow, snowshoeing through a dense pine forest, or taking in the 360 degree views from a ridge top vantage point make me feel alive. The experiences in these places give me a profound sense of space and place.
Travel does a similar thing, pushing me out of my comfort zone, exposing me to new experiences, new people and new ways of thinking; it also gives me that sense of space and place in this world.
I believe that life is lived in the contrasts: when you experience simplicity and complexity and life's ups and downs, whether they be physically in this world or mentally in your own personal inner landscape, you know that you are truly living.
The bigger they are, the more there is to explore!