Konichiwa Japan

We are back in Japan on a ski holiday again. It is as good as we remembered! Back in Nozawa Onsen. These are the Dosojin, a folk deity believed to ward off danger near villages and crossroads. They are also worshipped for bringing fertility and the growth of children. There is a fire festival dedicated…

Some budding artist was here.

Calgary: Bears in the ‘Burbs?

Calgary is my home town. I took a walk down to the Bow River that revealed a few unexpected surprises, including a black, furry one.

Lovely Dongara (Huh…where?)

We recently spent some time up north of Perth, Western Australia in a little town called Dongara. If you’re a lover of the wind, you may have heard of it, as it is close to one of the premier kite surfing and windsurfing sites in the world, Geraldton. Dongara isn’t a typical holiday destination unless…

Sea kayaking adventure, Australia style

This past December, we embarked on an adventure…sea kayaking near Esperance, Western Australia. After Chris and Julia had such a great time the previous year in the calm, azure blue waters of the beautiful Whitsunday Islands off of Queensland, they thought it was a great idea to kayak the South Coast, and who were we…

Beautiful Kyoto, Japan

When I last traveled through Kyoto, I had food poisoning, so all I saw was the tatami mat in the Ryokan (Japanese inn) that I stayed at. It was a terrible time! But 20 years later I finally made it back. It was worth the wait. But before I get into all the lovely shrines,…