Our free desktop wallpaper series continues for 2013! Our January photo was taken at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, on Canada’s Vancouver Island.
January 2013 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: Pacific Rim National Park

Happy 2013! We’ve decided to continue our free desktop calendar series  for another year. It gives my husband Don a chance to show off the wonderful photography that he does in his spare time (and my shots aren’t so bad either). Get your January 2013 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper!  We took this photo, from the Rainforest hiking […]


Yukon, Ho! The Appeal of the North

by Chris on September 5, 2012

There’s something about The Yukon that will always have a romantic draw. Some photos from my trip to Whitehorse earlier this year.
Jack London statue, Whitehorse, Yukon

As with almost everything else in my travel life, The Yukon came to me first between the pages of a book. The Call of the Wild, to be exact, although I later preferred White Fang. Both books involve dogs, in immensely savage situations; not necessarily the most pleasant intro to the Far North. Jack London’s […]


Free desktop wallpaper for August: A lighthouse on Lake Memphremagog, near the resort town of Magog in Quebec.
August 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: Lake Memphremagog, Quebec

This is the August 2012 offering for our desktop calendar series – always free and available for iPad and iPhone too! Get your August 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper! This photo was taken at Lake Memphremagog. This hard-to-pronounce freshwater lake (mem-free-mey-gog) borders Quebec and Vermont, and supports several resort towns, including the location of this beach in […]


A ride on Buffalo Airways, the airline featured in the Canadian television series Ice Pilots NWT
Buffalo Airways, where Ice Pilots NWT is filmed

This is the third in a series of posts about my trip to NWT, Canada’s Northwest Territories. I don’t often find myself in the outer reaches of cable, so I hadn’t kept up on the emerging popularity of the NWT as a hotbed for reality stars. On my visit, tour guides caught me up, fast. […]


Wood Buffalo National Park is Canada’s largest national park and one of the largest in the world, yet few people know about it.
Wood Buffalo National Park, Alberta, Canada

This is second in a series about NWT, Canada’s Northwest Territories. Besides seeing bears and other Canadian animals, the highlight of my trip to the Northwest Territories had to be exploring Wood Buffalo National Park. The park, which straddles the NWT/Alberta border, is the largest in Canada, and one of the largest in the world. […]


Wildlife rules in the NWT (the Northwest Territories): In one day, I saw 3 black bears, two herds of wood bison, a moose, a garter snake, a red-tailed hawk and pelicans that live in the rapids.
Black bear, NWT, Canada

The post is the first in a series of posts from the NWT  in Canada. I thought I was lucky to get within 100 feet of grizzly bears in the Khutzeymateen Valley outside Prince Rupert in British Columbia (and as you can see by the cub photos in that post, I was). Little did I […]


Photo Friday: In honor of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, this week’s theme is “Fit for a Queen.” We chose afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress, Victoria, British Columbia.

This is the latest of our weekly travel photo series, inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter. In honor of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, this week’s #FriFoto theme is “Fit for a Queen.” I’ve been in Canada for over a week now, writing stories and exploring the far North. My time here has reminded me how much I love […]


More wildlife from British Columbia, with pictures and video of bald eagles outside Prince Rupert
Eagle pictures

This is second of a series of posts from Prince Rupert, British Columbia. After seeing five grizzly bears, including two (relatively) tiny cubs, on an excursion to the Khutzeymateen Valley in northern British Columbia, I thought the wildlife was done for the day. Not so. Apparently Normand Aubin, of Prince Rupert Adventure Tours, had other […]


Pictures from a wildlife excursion to the Khutzeymateen Valley, a grizzly bear sanctuary outside Prince Rupert in northern British Columbia.
Grizzly bears, Prince Rupert

This is first of a series of posts from Prince Rupert, British Columbia. When I posted this on Facebook a few days ago, people didn’t think it was real. “That has GOT to be a guy in a bear suit,” several friends said. But it was indeed real – and just one of five bears […]


The Holidays: Christmas in Victoria, BC

by Chris on December 20, 2011

Spending the holidays alone as a couple: Our Christmas in Victoria, BC
The holidays, Victoria BC

There comes a point in every couple’s life when the prospect of hauling yourself across the country to celebrate the holidays with family is no longer tenable. For my husband Don and me, the breaking point came last year. We had moved to Seattle only weeks before, undertaking a cross-country move that, among other things, […]