Posts tagged with ‘adventure’

Neah Bay

Cape Flattery

This was one of my favourite trips. Emmalee and I sat in a McDonald’s near the Tsawwassen Ferry brainstorming and researching where we wanted to adventure. I was dead set on going to Vancouver Island and Emmalee wanted to head up the Sunshine Coast. After stumbling around on the internet for a while we decided to visit Cape Flattery in Washington State. It is located on the Northern most tip of the United States. And it is one of the most spectacular areas I’ve ever seen.

Russel in Cadomin

Russel in Cadomin

Keith on top of the world

Keith on top of the world

Elk Herd

Elk Herd

Stops along the BC-5 Hi-way

Emmalee in Lighthouse Park II

My cousin Anna took me on a quick tour of the Sea to Sky hi way a couple days ago. It runs north-west of Vancouver, hugging the coast line. If you’re lucky enough to catch it on a clear day, as we were, you’re able to glimpse lofty mountain peaks on the north side of the wall and the glassy stillness of ocean water trapped in Lion’s Bay southward.

Anna was incredibly resourceful, pointing out every tiny point of interest, even calling out birds and plants by name. I never really grew up being close to my cousins, but it’s interesting how we’ve all developed similar interests and passions. Anna roams this paradise every weekend and I’m anxious to join her in the weeks to come.

Anna

Anna

Emmalee in Lighthouse Park.
I’ve been sojourning in Vancouver the past couple days. After having a delicious brunch with my close friend Denon I picked Moe up from work and we headed out towards Lion’s Bay together. En route we decided we wanted to see a lighthouse. Lucky for me Emmalee is quite resourceful and managed to steer us in the direction of Lighthouse Park.
Any time I enter a forest in British Columbia I find myself mesmerized by the sheer scale of her trees. I couldn’t help but wander from the path occasionally to touch the thick bark of a living thing that has seen more years than it would ever let on. Nature is all at once beautiful, simple and so intricate. At one point we strayed from the path to gaze on a felled tree that had become a sort of podium for the three tall trees that sprung up at even intervals along it’s trunk.
This little detour revealed another path that we began to follow without much thought. The terrain here is remarkable. Forests end abruptly at oceans edges. There you can glance at the peaks of mountains, jagged and towering, offering the greatest contrasts agains the oceans endless horizon. Our little path lead us out to a small inlet on the water that faced North Vancouver. We clamoured from rock to rock until we found ourselves back in the forest and then eventually on the West side of the lighthouse. We sat there and took in a double portion of sunlight, gazing westward at a setting sun and it’s brilliant reflection.

Emmalee in Lighthouse Park.

I’ve been sojourning in Vancouver the past couple days. After having a delicious brunch with my close friend Denon I picked Moe up from work and we headed out towards Lion’s Bay together. En route we decided we wanted to see a lighthouse. Lucky for me Emmalee is quite resourceful and managed to steer us in the direction of Lighthouse Park.

Any time I enter a forest in British Columbia I find myself mesmerized by the sheer scale of her trees. I couldn’t help but wander from the path occasionally to touch the thick bark of a living thing that has seen more years than it would ever let on. Nature is all at once beautiful, simple and so intricate. At one point we strayed from the path to gaze on a felled tree that had become a sort of podium for the three tall trees that sprung up at even intervals along it’s trunk.

This little detour revealed another path that we began to follow without much thought. The terrain here is remarkable. Forests end abruptly at oceans edges. There you can glance at the peaks of mountains, jagged and towering, offering the greatest contrasts agains the oceans endless horizon. Our little path lead us out to a small inlet on the water that faced North Vancouver. We clamoured from rock to rock until we found ourselves back in the forest and then eventually on the West side of the lighthouse. We sat there and took in a double portion of sunlight, gazing westward at a setting sun and it’s brilliant reflection.

Had so much fun jumping from rock to rock at Lighthouse Park with Emmalee yesterday. I am blessed.

Alberta’s beautiful midwest

This past weekend I got out to the hills with my friend Carson. I feel like The Rockies gave us everything they had to offer this time around. We wandered through snowy river valleys and lakes occasionally catching a glimpse of a peak through drifting clouds. We felt the emptiness of a derelict forest, so still in the aftermath of a recent fire. We tested our aim throwing rocks and rolling boulders off escarpments. We chased any animal we laid eyes on, trying to coral them for the perfect shot. We stared in awe at a family of bald eagles resting after eating their fill of a deer. We trekked up one of the most stunning canyon trails that led to a powerful waterfall. And at the days end we stumbled upon a perfect little spot to have a fire, eat and reminisce as the sun went down and the moon came up. What a blessed life we can lead if only we seek it out.

Russel Larson
My view at Siffleur Falls yesterday with @carsonreneau. I’m forever awestruck by the beauty of creation. #greatnorthcollective #explorealberta #greettheoutdoors

My view at Siffleur Falls yesterday with @carsonreneau. I’m forever awestruck by the beauty of creation. #greatnorthcollective #explorealberta #greettheoutdoors