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Trip date: April 2, 2017

Spring gives us the unique chance to participate in winter and summer activities at the same time; if we feel like skiing or snow-camping, we can, and if we feel like avoiding the snow and indulging in some greenery, we can. When the weather starts to warm things up, the valley floor is the first thing to clear and local waterfalls usually start working their magic, tempting us to leave the snow behind. The Four Cascades Loop (from Lyle Litzenberger’s Burke and Widgeon – A Hiker’s Guide) gave us what we were looking for. We completed a loop of four waterfalls involving Harper Road, The Coquitlam Lake View Trail, the Sawblade Bike Trail, and Woodland Walk Trail. We completed the loop in a counter-clockwise direction; for a more demanding hike with steeper uphill terrain, you can complete it in a clockwise direction.

The Four Cascades in order: Read More

Oh hey! It’s been a little while…

Can I put out there that it’s already spring? Where did the winter season go? Oh, right, it ended prematurely when I signed up for five courses and field work this semester. I’ve been pretty wrapped up in my books, assignments, papers, tests, and/or the procrastination of lately, and I haven’t made time to sit down and write. I’ve opened up my blog, logged in, stared at the screen – wondering if I should post about a trip, an idea, some thoughts – and then I’ve walked away from it.
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Conventional society: get married, buy a house, have kids, settle down or you’ll fall behind.
Unconventional society: quit your job, sell your things, travel everywhere, don’t settle down or you’ll be sorry.

Either way you look at it, someone’s telling you what to do. Whether on the conventional or unconventional side of things, these people sound like they have it all figured it out, and so you listen, because you don’t have a clue.

Well, what if I told you they have no idea what they’re talking about? Read More