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Summer in the mountains in Squamish, BC // TRAVEL GUIDE

When summer comes to Canada, nothing beats an escape out into the wild. Sometimes you just need to flee the city, stand atop a mountain, and take a deep breath of that pure alpine air. Simply taking that moment to step outside and appreciate the immensity of nature is enough to clear your head and get centred.

Sometime last year I found myself feeling totally disconnected from reality with no clue what to do or where to go next. I needed some serious grounding, and I knew the best place to find that was in my home country of Canada.

There’s a place on the west coast of Canada that had been popping up into conversation amongst my kiteboarding community over the past couple years, and I knew this was where I needed to be…. Squamish.

In the shadow of the Stawamus Chief lies the small town of Squamish, the outdoor recreation capital of Canada. This is British Columbia at it’s finest. This guide will take you through a few sunny summer days in Squamish. And if you’re planning a longer stay? This is a great way to kick it off.

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Get your adrenaline fix in Hood River, OR // TRAVEL GUIDE

The Pacific Northwest has this element of outside that seems to be firmly entrenched in the hearts of everyone who lives there. But away from the busy big cities and the coast is a small city whose residents and vistors have taken outside to the next level. Perched along the Columbia River is the city of Hood River, Oregon.

When you’re looking for that hit of adrenaline on your summer getaway in the PNW, look no further than Hood River!

Alright, maybe a little further… there’s a lot of cool stuff to see nearby too!

Kitesurfing Lifestyle + Wellness Love The Journey Travel

Time to get real [LTJ]

I broke my leg 12 days ago.

It hasn’t been a bad experience, really. I feel like I lucked out at every turn imaginable, except for the part where I broke my leg.

Every photo you’ve seen of me with a broken leg has been with a smile on my face. Because for the most part, I have had a smile on my face. I’m a happy person. I’m basically a professional at putting a positive spin on any situation, however difficult it is.

But I wanted to be real with you.

When I hit the water, I knew I’d fucked up. Badly.

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Caribbean adventure in Cabarete, DR // TRAVEL GUIDE

Baby, it’s cold outside. You know what that means, right? Time to book a flight somewhere a little warmer! If adventure is on your schedule, the North Coast of the Dominican Republic should be your first stop.

Whether you’re looking for jungle excursions or ocean exploration, the DR has it all. I’ve spent more than a year traveling around this region, and always find myself drawn to the energy-filled beach town of Cabarete.

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Cabarete – After the storm [LTJ]

It’s been four days since Hurricane Irma paid us a visit here in the Dominican Republic. This mighty storm was a record-breaker, and at this moment continues to cause damage in the United States.

Here in Cabarete, things were looking pretty hopeless in the days leading up to Irma’s landfall. This Category 5 monster had been wreaking havoc across the Caribbean, and we were next.

It’s hard to describe the anxiety and fear that standing in the path of this storm brings. Even with reassurances from the locals that the geography here protects the North Coast from major storms, I was scared.

Kitesurfing Love The Journey Travel

A much-needed reality check [LTJ]

You know that sensation when something shocks your perception? Like a little skip in cognition. When your mind takes a moment to catch up to what’s happening, because simply comprehending the reality of it is difficult.

“¿Cómo lo hago?” / “How do I get it out?”

That’s what the boy said, after he saw the photo we took of him and his friend. I paused for a moment, trying to understand the question.