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 […]

My current obsession.

10 Tips For Exploring the World Without a Plan … or Money

Before we begin, I do not claim to have travelled extensively. I do, however, remember being enthralled by hearing about the adventures of others while I was planning my first trip to Europe. Since we have started travelling more frequently, and to somewhat more distant locales, I’ve been asked a number of questions about where, why, and […]


Sailing Under African Skies

In 72 days my wife Andrea and I will land in Rome to begin a 3 week backpacking adventure. Starting in Italy our travel plans also include Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland. A West to Eastern European type route. We have very few plans laid and have no intention to muddle up this opportunity […]


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 […]


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? […]


Throw Away Your Guidebooks, Maps and Schedules.

Ludwig Wittgenstein, arguably the most influential philosopher of the 20th century wrote “The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” By this Wittgenstein argues that that not only does our language provide a vehicle for exchanging information and ideas about our world but instead it also provides the boundaries for how we can possibly think about the […]