Hiking a Heritage Logging Trail

I’ve recently had my very first Air BnB Experience approved and I’m excited to share all the details of it right here on my blog! I’m a 6 time Airbnb SUPERHOST with over 70 reviews for hosting travelers in my home so I’m looking forward to being an Experience host now as well.

Learn about West Vancouver’s forestry history on this 3.5 hour hike (5 km loop) through second growth forest.We’ll wander through a lush rainforest forest with babbling brooks and see a majestic Douglas Fir that was spared being cut down simply because it was the wrong kind of tree.

There are many stops on this hike where you can see evidence of the logging that was done in this area in the early part of the 20th century. The trailhead is at the top of the British Properties in West Vancouver and on the drive up we’ll have sweeping views of the city on a clear day. The trail starts off gently through the forest, we’ll pass a lively stream and stop to look at the log dam used to store shinglebolts before they were sent down to the mill.

We’ll pass by a granite rock left behind by glacial activity from over 12,000 years ago and if you look closely you can see remnants of logging, such as spikes, railway ties, cables and notches in stumps all along the trail. Just past the halfway point of the hike we’ll get to the best part of the hike-the Hollyburn Fir. it’s 3 m in diameter and a solid 44 meters in height.

I’m a true born and bred Vancouverite! I’ve been hiking and exploring the mountains and trails of the coastal region since I was a wee one and I’m happiest when I’m immersed in nature- rain or shine. I’m an avid traveler, artist and professional baker as well so when you come on an adventure with me you’ll be well fed snack wise! I’m forever curious and always wanting to see what’s around the bend… I’m excited to share some of my secret spots with you!

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The Olympic Peninsula in stop-motion

The week before Easter I went on a little road trip with some friends to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.

It’s funny how you take your own backyard for granted! I’d been thinking and dreaming of visiting the Olympic Peninsula National Park for years, but since it’s mere hours away from home I’d always brushed it aside as being something you could do any time. No time like the present, right?

Jordan and I took off a couple of days before Judi and Cotty (my partners in crime from my previous road trip this year) and we really lucked out with the weather. Two days of spectacular sunshine and sunsets that words simply cannot describe. Then the weather took a turn and proved itself worthy of the moniker “the wet coast.”

We were gone a total of 5 nights and that is just enough time to drive around the entire peninsula. If you want to linger in certain places (and trust me, you will) give yourself at least a week to be safe. There’s a lot to explore here – rain forests, beaches and did you know a certain vampire movie  was set in the town of Forks right here on the peninsula? That’s probably the least interesting thing about this area, but noteworthy nonetheless.

Oh, and if you do visit the Olympic Peninsula? Don’t forget your rain gear Seriously.

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My “fearless drawing” challenge resumes!

It’s been a long while since I did any drawing. I was on a roll there for a while, then I got busy, forgot about it and life went on. Funny, it was at about this same time last year that I started this challenge? Maybe it’s like spring fever, only DRAWING fever? Who knows! Whatever […]

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This is my 400th Post.

  It seems totally insane that I started this blog in October of 2010 and it’s now February of 2019. Seems like a good time for a little reflection, doesn’t it? So, how has my life changed in 400 posts? ~ I’m not a jewelry designer anymore. ~ I’m not in a long-term (14 year) […]

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Only Crazy People Road Trip in the Winter

And by crazy I mean awesome, of course. On February 3 we set off on a bright, sunny (albeit a bit chilly) Vancouver day. It was Judi and Cotty and the Blue Gnu (it’s a blue VW Golf TDI) and me in my Mini Cooper which I aptly named “Mini Me.” I’d been trying to […]

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Road Trip in Stop Motion

I had this little kernel of an idea as I was sitting in the customs lineup at the border about making a stop motion video about this road trip. I knew we were going to drive through so many different types of weather and terrain that it would be kind of cool to stitch it […]

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Hopping across the pond with BC Ferries

Vancouver Island is a stunningly beautiful island just an hour and a half away from Vancouver by ferry. You can depart from Tsawwassen to get to Victoria, or from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver to get to Nanaimo. I was going to Parksville which is just 30 minutes from Nanaimo so it was a Horseshoe […]

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Sometimes things have a way of just coming together

I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since I last posted. It wasn’t deliberate, but it wasn’t entirely by accident either. I have so many posts in my head from this summer that I want to write. I took photo’s and video’s at festivals and markets and did the slow food cycle in Pemberton […]

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