Why Taking Nature Hikes Through The City Inspires Creativity

I love combining two or three unlike things into one experience. When you see the world through one lens, it’s harder to feel inspired by it. Or discover creative solutions for it. Let’s say you work in an office and manage spreadsheets and projects. Do you:

  • Simply follow along with routine and ignoring the fact that no one is communicating with each other.
  • Pretend like you don’t notice the server where the project files are is a mess and everyone loses 15% of their day looking for stuff.
  • Never create a one-sheet of how the project was completed and how it relates to your other projects thus providing insight and future time-saving methods.
  • Don’t bother learning to learn how to speak in the creative language the designers use versus the more technical nature the interactive team uses.

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What Would You Create If It Was Your Last Day?

I’ve been wondering why I even want to create anyway. Aside from the fact, it won’t leave me alone at night and it consumes me. Why else? I love it. It’s fun. It’s interesting. But why else? What’s beneath the surface?

Over the years, I ’ve learned I keep setting goals and cresting the mountaintop of those goals only to find I haven’t reached my goal at all. Instead, there’s a dense jungle with jangled footing and a hazy mist. Why am I here? What am I looking for? I was in the office kitchen staring blankly at the teas when it struck me that creativity is so important to me because I want to see the world in a different way. A better way.

I don’t want to see it full of thick unease, glazed expression, lack of fulfillment, void of color, and strewn with pain. I want to see vivid, sparkling evidence that we’re all in control of our own destinies. That we can design our life any way we want.

Without creativity, there’s none of that. Without creativity, we just reach out to the first thing that comes our way that can offer some kind of answer. Whether that answer is comfort or stability or fulfillment.

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Rock Climbing – A Beginners Memoir

One of my great early summer adventures. On a hot muggy June evening, I set out with three other members of Prince George Alpine Club towards Giscome. The rock face we intended to climb was by the side of the road, across from Eaglet lake which lay shimmering invitingly in the heat of the quiet evening.

As we left the city behind I relaxed. The sounds of nature became audible, the swish of wheat in a field, lake water lapping onto the rocky shore and the chattering of birds in the trees.

Just watch this amazing video for rock climbing beginners:

Because Barb and I were beginners we decided to skip the lower rock face and instead climb a few hundred meters up the rocky cliff to a second rock face. Weighed down with long, thick climbing ropes, harnesses, helmets, drinking water and snacks, we were glad to find ropes, someone had thoughtfully left behind, which we hung onto to haul ourselves up against the steep incline.

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Top 5 National Parks in South Africa

Traveling to South Africa with your family would be a wonderful school break opportunity for one of your longer vacation periods.  Highly educational, enjoyable and memorable.

When traveling to another country, it is often hard to decide what you will spend your precious time and money on once you’re there. This problem becomes even bigger when you have your precious family to consider.

One of South Africa’s greatest heritages is the wildlife, the birdlife, and the rich vegetation.

If you want to see all of this in one place, visiting a national park is the best option. Choosing one can be a bit of a minefield, so I have compiled a list of the best national parks South Africa has to offer, to make your decision easier.

Most of these parks boast world-class safari lodges as well as down to earth camps if you need to stay over during your visit to South Africa.

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Why airlines have trouble turning profit

Q: Why does it cost so much to operate an airline?

A: Moving hundreds of airplanes, tens of thousands of employees and hundreds of thousands of passengers around a vast service network — safely — is one of the world’s most complicated processes.

Think of it as an assembly line in which thousands of pieces must come together at precisely the right time. And each product produced — a trip by an individual — is unique. Altogether, there are about 700 million of those products each year.

The assembly line tools — airplanes, airports and support facilities — are expensive. On top of all that, the assembly line is subject to bad weather, mechanical failures, passenger emergencies in flight, even hijackings, all beyond the operator’s control.

It’s a wonder that fares aren’t far more expensive and that more than 82% of flights operate on time.

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Top 3 Ski Resorts For Families

When booking a family ski holiday you need to think about the childcare and accommodation needs for your family, and it goes without saying that some resorts are more family-friendly than others. Skiing can bring a lot of enjoyment for all the family and provide unforgettable memories for everyone whether you choose to ski, sledge or simply play in the snow.

Choosing a resort with a good range of off-piste activities such as husky rides, sports centers, swimming, ice skating and snowmobiling will ensure your children are entertained all day.

Finding the best family-friendly resorts can be time-consuming, so to make it easier for you, I have already compiled a list of our top three resorts for families and have provided advice on the childcare and ski schools available.

Killington, USA

Killington is the largest resort on the east coast of America and stretches across six mountains. It is a fantastic resort for families with plenty of off-piste activities to keep everyone entertained, such as sleigh rides and rock climbing.

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Adventures in Snow Sledding (AKA Snowmobiling)

Seven AM Saturday morning we loaded up the skis packs boots and sleds for a trip to the farm cabin nestled northeast of Prince George in the McGregor mountains.

For decades there has been a love-hate relationship between skiers and sledders, mostly hate on the part of the skiers. Sledders probably just laugh at us.

Nowadays government budgets are not sufficient to keep logging roads and Forest Service roads plowed in the winter. For skiers, sleds are becoming a necessity allowing us access to prime backcountry ski areas.

All our ski equipment, avalanche safety gear, and technical clothing is topnotch and kept in good working condition. The sleds are usually bottom of the line and may get looked over grudgingly once a year.

We stopped at the Pass Lake road with all the other vehicles, unloaded the machines, packed all the gear into the skimmers and set off down the compact snow filled road for about 30 K.

We turned left at the same place we did last year, an overgrown logging road thick with willows 1 ½ inches in diameter. From there we climbed over the ridge and descended down into the meadow across from the cabin. The snow was yucky wet and heavy.

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Splish Splash Long Island: Huge Water Park!

Have you made your summer plans this year? We already went and came back from our family vacation, but there’s so much time left in the season. Heck, it really just began!

Since we’ve already done enough traveling, we are lucky to have an awesomely fun family destination right in our own backyard, and that’s where we’re headed to next.

Soon we will be visiting Splish Splash Water Park located in Long Island, NY. Located just 60 miles east of New York City, Splish Splash is the largest water park in the Northeast with 96 acres of slides and attractions for all ages!

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Flashback, flash forward

 

Flashback, flash forward. Earlier this week I was tagged by Jana, in a roundabout, Sesame Street sort of way. I gave up trying to post this yesterday when it became clear early on that all I was gonna get from Blogger was a big screw you.

25 years ago I was all about My Little Ponies, ballet and jazz lessons, pretty dresses, Anne of Green Gables, the Mini Pops and playing school in my driveway with my best friend who lived down the street.

10 years ago I was on the cusp of my 22nd birthday. I was into vintage clothing, Ani DiFranco, rolling joints and Southern Comfort.

5 years ago my mother was diagnosed with cancer. I’d just started talking to Dave on a regular basis and although I knew the potential for our friendship to really take off and become serious was there, I told him straight up that I couldn’t focus on him because my priorities were my mother and school, in that order.

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12 Natural Wonders You Must See Before You Die

Whether you are seeking a gap year destination or something off the beaten path, here are 12 natural wonders you must see before you die. 

These are man-made wonders; glorious and definitely must-see, but the natural world holds greater wonders than man will ever be able to create. When we speak of wonders of the world, one’s mind travels to the Taj or the Pyramid of Giza. This video shows even 25 places you sould absolutely visit:

Here are 12 such natural wonders you absolutely, simply must see before you pass on.

1.   Aurora

Aurora is a brilliant, natural display of colored lights that are created when electrically charged particles collide in the ionosphere, directed by the Earth’s magnetic field. This effect is called Aurora Borealis in the northern latitudes and as Aurora Australis in southern latitudes.

These lights were named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora. You can see these lights from high locations in Alaska, Sweden, Antarctica and south of Madagascar and north of Australia.

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