Centurion Point, The Fundy Footpath

Hiking the Fundy Footpath

The Fundy Footpath is an immensely difficult trek, especially for non-hikers such as myself. I should have listened to the advice of others. “The trail is not for beginners” they said. “You look out of shape” they exclaimed. “Have you ever actually done any hiking?” they asked. These are all valid points; yet last weekend I […]

A Walk in the Woods. Hiking the Fundy Footpath.

A Walk in the Woods

Yes. You are correct. I borrowed (stole) the title of this post from Bill Bryson’s epic tale of his attempted hike of the Appalachian Trail. According to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy website that trail is 2,180 miles long (3500 kilometres for the Canadians in attendance) and is visited by some 2-3 million visitors each year. Many choose day, […]

Relaxing on Grand Manan

Island(s) of Adventure – Grand Manan Island

I grew up in Charlotte County. Well, more truthfully, I was raised in Saint John county though a mere stones throw (and boy could we throw stones) away from the county line. Anyhow, I had never been to Grand Manan Island until last weekend. I had no idea what I was missing. For the past few […]

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Always trust strangers. Blindly.

“Oh man, this is not looking good” I whispered to Arie as we followed our newly found ‘friend’ further into the darkened alleys of Stone Town, Zanzibar. We were on a mission to the banking machine so that I might buy my dinner at the Forodhani Night Market. An open air market that barbecues freshly […]

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Throw Your Hat Over the Fence. (Alternate title: Find Your Own Castle)

I used to read the Readers Digest magazine a lot. I mean a LOT. In fact, in my early 20’s my parents gave me a 2 year subscription to the magazine. Call me crazy, or nerdy, but I doubt that many twenty somethings are perusing the pages of the Digest these days. Do they even publish anymore? […]

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How To Survive a Nuclear Blast in a Tent

We marched single file into the darkened movie theatre. As part of our nuclear, chemical, and biological warfare training program the entire unit was about to be to be shown a film on proper procedure for surviving a nuclear holocaust. I hear shuffling behind me as members of our unit exchange seats in order to […]

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Skydiving is as safe as ….. curling?

Jumping out of a perfectly working, moving, aircraft has always held a curious, perhaps even morbid, attraction for me. Skydiving, more than any other ‘thrill sport’ such as bungee jumping, luge, or curling after 14 beers, promised an almost out-of-body experience. It provided an opportunity to put my thrill seeking alter-ego to the maximum challenge. […]