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Adventurous Travel: How to be a More Intrepid Traveller

Adventurous Travel: How to be a More Intrepid Traveller

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The Road Less Travelled: Camino de Santiago

The Road Less Travelled: Camino de Santiago

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Coming Home: How to Cope When Your Adventure is Over?

Coming Home: How to Cope When Your Adventure is Over?

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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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Rain, Hail or Shine: Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park

Rain, Hail or Shine: Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park

 

It hasn’t rained at all today. The sky is blue and the sun is out in full force. None of which is usual on the northwestern side of Olympic National Park in America’s Pacific Northwest.

The tiny lumber town of Forks* where we have based ourselves has an annual rainfall consistently over 100 inches.

But not today.

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Wolf Watching in Yellowstone National Park

Wolf Watching in Yellowstone National Park

 

“On the ragged edge of the world I roam, and the home of the wolf shall be my home”

from ‘The Nostomaniac’. Robert Service.

I am awake long before my alarm sounds at 4am. Rising at 4am is not something I do well. In fact, I actively try to avoid any kind of anything before 7am. But today is different: today I plan to see wolves in the wild in Yellowstone National Park.

I know you can’t plan these things but there’s nothing like a little positive thinking to start the day. Actually, I prefer to start the day with coffee – several even – but the town of Gardiner near the north entrance of the park is eerily quiet at 4am and sadly coffee is but a distant dream.

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Is this it? Discovering Yellowstone National Park

Is this it? Discovering Yellowstone National Park

 

I have to admit, my initial impressions of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming / Montana were far from enthusiastic, and as we drove around on our first day in the park I got to wondering what on earth all the fuss is about.

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Glacier View, Alaska: A Change of Plans

Glacier View, Alaska: A Change of Plans

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