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The Bear Truth: Grizzly Bears In Alaska

The Bear Truth: Grizzly Bears In Alaska

 

It’s common knowledge that there are grizzly bears in Alaska. So on a horse-riding trip in the Talkeetna mountains in Alaska it made sense to ask our guide whether there was any chance of encountering a grizzly.

“Oh they usually tend to stay away from the horses”

The only word I heard in that sentence was “usually”.

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Highlights of My Travels in 2011

Highlights of My Travels in 2011

 

I’ve had such an incredible year and now 2012 is approaching so fast it’s making my head spin.

The first half of 2011 was pretty quiet for me on the travel front, but the second half certainly made up for that!  I travelled to some of North America’s most spectacular places this year, I redesigned my blog and my readership has increased dramatically over the past six months. So thank you so much to all of you who have made that happen!

There were some very definite highlights from my travels, so these are the places and experiences that had special significance and are the best memories of my adventures in 2011.

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Old Friends, New Lives: Vancouver, British Columbia

Old Friends, New Lives: Vancouver, British Columbia

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Arctic Dreams: The Polar Bears of Churchill. PART II

Arctic Dreams: The Polar Bears of Churchill. PART II

 

There are no words to describe the feeling you have when your face is only a couple of feet away from a polar bear: so close that you can imagine the heat of their breath.

 

Of course, if this happened away from the safety of the hulking polar rover, there would be no imagining necessary. These polar bears  have been living on a diet of berries for months now. They are carnivores. They are starving. I rest my case.

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Arctic Dreams: The Polar Bears of Churchill

Arctic Dreams: The Polar Bears of Churchill

 

 

“When you are driving your bus across the tundra through a snow storm and you can’t see the windscreen wipers…you know it’s going to be an interesting day”

 Rhonda – bus driver in Churchill, Manitoba

 

Things can get pretty wild this far north. And I’m not talking about the nightlife.

But for today at least the weather is behaving itself. It’s minus 13 degrees Celsius with wind-chill out on the sub-Arctic tundra near Churchill, Manitoba but the skies are clear and the barely-there dawn light is perfect.

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On The Road: American Road Trip

On The Road: American Road Trip

 

I feel like I have been driving forever.

Since that first nerve-wracking drive through Anchorage over two months ago I have driven nearly 4000 miles (6400 km) through Alaska and the western states of the USA. I was sure I would never get used to that uneasy feeling of driving on the right-hand/wrong side of the road, and yet now I feel as though I could do it in my sleep.

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Not For The Faint Hearted: The Pacific Crest Trail

Not For The Faint Hearted: The Pacific Crest Trail

Not For The Faint Hearted is a series of posts about various long distance treks across the globe. If walking a really long way is what rocks your world, read on for some inspiration…

 

Seeing as I am heading to the USA today to start a 3 month long trip that will involve visiting some of the best national parks in the world, I thought it apt to write about one of the most exciting, picturesque and endurance-testing long distance hikes that this country has to offer… The Pacific Crest Trail.
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The Best in the World: Trips of a Lifetime

The Best in the World: Trips of a Lifetime

The Best in the World is a series of posts of what I consider some of the most wonderful places in the world. Some of them will be places I’ve visited myself, others will be high on my ‘wishlist’, and some will be recommendations I’ve gathered from fellow travellers. Not a comprehensive list of course, but certainly a good place to start.

Getting ‘off the beaten track’ is getting more and more difficult these days with tour companies providing access to even the most remote areas of the globe. This also means that if you have the dollars, you can pretty much go anywhere you like!
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To Tour or not to Tour

To Tour or not to Tour

While I am obviously a strong advocate for independent travel, organised group travel certainly has its place. If you are travelling alone, are an inexperienced traveller, or if you just hate the idea of organising a trip and want to do something a little more adventurous than usual then group travel is ideal.
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People or Place

People or Place

It’s with good reason that Vancouver is labelled one of the world’s most livable cities. It literally has the best of everything right at your fingertips: Pacific coastline, skiing on Grouse Mountain, hiking in North Vancouver, arts, culture, and Canadians are just so damn nice! It’s very difficult to fault it. Okay, so we all know it rains a lot. A lot. But I love the rain so I stand by my argument. 
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