After Whistler we headed for Vancouver Island to one of the Northern Gulf Islands, Cortes. Cortes is part of the archipelago known as the Discovery Islands, and lies on the far side of Quadra Island from Campbell River. Our friends Colin and Desta have lived in this remote paradise for the past decade, and we had been looking forward to exploring it with them for just as long.

It had been several years since we had last seen Lief and Kane, our little ‘nephews’, after they moved back to their home town of Whistler, British Columbia. Kids grow so quickly, I was worried a bit that they would’t love us or remember us like they used to. The family lived in Nova Scotia for a year and half, while Adam was flying for Provinical Air and Peta transferred to Lululemon in Halifax. They would come hang out with us almost every weekend back in Nova Scotia where we…

On July 1st, Canada Day, we crossed the border from Montana north into Alberta, on our way to visit Stefan’s cousin Kenny and his family in Calgary. One of the best things about traveling (maybe one of the scariest for some) is not knowing what the next day will bring. My friend Emily, Kenny’s wife, asked us if we’d be interested in going to Canmore the following night to check out a house concert at her sister’s house. We always love to go with the flow, so of course…

Back in the late ’90s we had driven through the night, westward across the Canadian prairies, in a rush against time to deliver a drive-away car to Vancouver. We wanted to take our time through the prairies, this time in South Dakota, exploring the less traveled back roads. The awe-inspiring scenery South Dakota offers varies from bright green farmlands and pastures to chiseled spires, deep canyons, and jagged buttes of Badlands National Park, before reaching Black Hills National Forest where granite peaks and forested mountains dominate the skyline.

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