When solo adventuring opens up your critical thinking

Lately, I’ve been adventuring solo a lot. On my most recent solo escapade, I tried running up and down Mt. Jo, in New York states’ Adirondacks. It’s graded as family friendly, which made it, I thought, suitable for trail running. The fact that a lot of people hike it every day is another plus, in case of emergency.…

I didn’t quite make it

I didn’t quite make it all the way, but nature rewarded me, just the same. This first solo bike touring trip was on the back-burner of my mind for at least 3 years. I sent the invite to many friends but none seemed keen enough to do it in almost full autonomy, like I planned.…

A merlin on the roof

The best part of being a “birdologist” is when you get to ignite a spark in some stranger’s eyes. “A falcon, really?!?” I wouldn’t call myself an ornithologist really. I’d rather use the amateur term my own parents coined to describe, jokingly, their own passion for anything bird related. In a previous blog I described how my folks’ passion affected my own personal…

A case of the Mondays

“It takes me four working days to recuperate from my weekends”, I said to a friend who was contemplating her newly reached level of exhaustion after a weekend paddling and portaging up north (note: Montrealers call “up north” anything above St-Jerome, Quebec, a mere 70Km away from the city). Joke aside, three weekends ago, I…

Catching air

I braved the horrible traffic on Champlain bridge. I repressed the envy to drive furiously passed the annoying commuters going back home after a hot, stuffy day in the office. I was trying to be on time to my weekly outing with a bunch of ladies who ride. Every Thursdays, a bunch of women gather up in Bromont…

Alpine Touring at Mont-Tremblant, a solo adventure

There’s nothing like signing discharge papers to make you rethink your plan. Add to that conflicting information from the front desk staff of the resort and you’ve got a case of swarming butterflies in the belly. And to top it all off, being the only one going up the hill, getting pointed at and smiled…