clarity, peace and joy

Last week was a challenge. I found myself being pulled in many directions, by competing priorities, and a desire to do it all. In a previous life I would not only have succumbed to feelings of helplessness and anxiety, but I would have embraced them. I wore my stress as a badge of honour. People would either…

turtlehead peak: red rock canyon / round 2

Long-time readers may recall the first – and only other – time I hiked Turtlehead Peak back in March 2013. This hike is generally thought of as the most difficult at Red Rock Canyon due to both the terrain and the elevation gain. I vaguely remembered how challenging the hike was, but couldn’t really recall the…

the beauty and fury of mother nature

The Saturday before Christmas started out beautifully. The air was crisp, with temperatures hovering around the freezing mark. Just cold enough to bring that rosy glow to your cheeks, the kind that makeup just can’t reproduce. Local weather teams had been forecasting ‘the ice storm to end all ice storms’. Best estimates had it hitting the Toronto…

way better than soap-on-a-rope

I just got around to downloading the pics I snapped during Mr. Enthusiasm’s birthday hike at Cold Creek Trail. And, I’m every bit as blown away re-living this hike through the photos as I was while traipsing through this magical place. Experiences 1, Stuff 0. Suck it, stuff. The weather was unseasonably warm that day, but the evergreens…

my neighborhood – in pictures

This morning I found a “challenge” issued by The Daily Post to create a post exclusively on my smart phone, made up of pictures of “My Neighborhood”. At first I dismissed it, thinking that’s not my style, but then I realized that this format would be a great way to showcase the diversity of outdoor workouts I experienced…