Yoga and Traveling are Journeys to Self

Yoga After meeting with Tiffany Schmidt, yoga instructor from Bodhi Tree Hot Yoga studio in Timmins, Ontario I learned more about how yoga and traveling are similar. Within minutes of talking to the new instructor, I learned that we both share a common love for Hawaii as she did her yoga training in Kelani on the Big Island. Hawaii has always been one of my dream turquoise destinations, which I finally visited last fall. In talking to Tiffany, her passion for yoga and traveling was seeping from her soul like an overflowing cup of water. One of the first things she told me is to live in the present, and for her, that means yoga and traveling. Continue reading

Summer Wildlife Tour Brought to Life

Winter:Cedar Meadows

Cedar Meadows

Northern Ontario, Ca

The last time I went on Cedar Meadows Resort and Spa‘s northern wildlife tour was during the middle of winter, when Canada’s harsh temperatures were at their worst, especially in northern Ontario. Bundled up in a Canada Goose parka and wool blanket, I attempted to engage with the animals the best I could amidst the freezing temperatures. Feeding the animals with my bare hand felt like jack frost was nipping at my finger tips every second I had them out of my warm alpaca wool mittens (although, the animals were worth it). I did my best to snap photos (using both a GoPro and Canon Rebel T3) of the northern rarities with my frozen frigid fingers. The highlight of my winter wonderland wildlife tour was seeing a mighty majestic moose up close for the first time. Taking Cedar Meadows Wildlife Tour during the summer gave me a whole new perspective of the active northern wildlife who were curious and wide eyed during the warm, mosquito laden season. Continue reading

Cedar Meadows Chalet Staycation

Cedar Meadows Resort and SpaGrowing up I always went camping with my family. My mom told me that my first camping experience was when I was only a few weeks old. Even through my teen years and early adulthood I enjoyed camping with friends and family and did so as often as I could. When I refer to camping I am talking about tenting in a wooded lot, while cooking on the fire. There is nothing like the fresh outdoors and smores on the camp fire. The last time I was camping was when I went white water rafting with my boyfriend in Maine 11 months ago. There are very few things that will stop me from tenting–not even the intense heat, rain, wind, cold, or bugs will slow me down. Continue reading

My First Facial Taught Me to Be Thankful

Cedar Meadows Resort and SpaTwo years ago my boyfriend gave me a gift certificate to an amazing natural spa for Christmas as one of my presents. He told me that I don’t often take the time to pamper myself and he wanted to do something for me that I rarely do for myself. It was a nice treat to enjoy an Aveda lemon mint martini manicure at one of my favorite urban spas-Nakai. Since then, I’ve indulged in at home manicures and pedicures that I have done myself aside from the rare professional treatment that I have done with a friend (buy one, get one free of course). It is not often that I find the time to go to the spa or can justify spending the money on a luxury for me. Yet, it is so nice to relax while enjoying a spa treatment every now and then. Continue reading

Camera in Hand, Capturing the Beauty of the World

Guest Post by Justin from The Roaming Lama
I’ve been very fortunate to find a job that allows me to travel often and the flexibility to extend these business trips to explore the world around me. The accumulation of airline miles and hotel points that accompanies the amount of business travel has also allowed my wife and I to do a fair amount of travel for pure pleasure as well. In the past several years, I’ve accumulated a few hundred thousand airline miles and with my camera in hand I try to bring the beauty of the world to the regular readers of my blog (of which I hope you reading this will also become) through photography three – four times a week.
Over the years I’ve accumulated thousands of photographs and published close to 700 of them on my blog and website. I am working on a new website currently where I’ll share tips on both capturing the photograph initially and processing it afterwards to bring your true vision to life. The human eye catches light and detail in a much broader spectrum than a camera is able to and thus the post-processing of the photo to bring your image to life is of the utmost importance.
Selecting my favorite photograph is extremely hard because there are aspects to every photo that I publish that I like and it makes each one special to me. As a result, I’ve selected a dozen or so photos that I think gives a nice overview of the types of photographs I typically publish on my website which tend to be landscape and/or travel photos.

Rocky Mountain National Park

I was extremely fortunate over the past few years to have a client based in Denver, Colorado and as a result I visited that city four to five times a year. About two hours away from Denver is one of the most beautiful National Parks in the United States – Rocky Mountain National Park. Fortunately, I’ve been able to leverage these business meetings into half dozen or so trips to RMNP. My two favorite photos from these trips are called ‘Fog over Sprague Lake’ and ‘Dream Lake Sunrise’.

Fog over Sprague Lake – Rocky Mountain National Park

 Fog over Sprague Lake – Rocky Mountain National Park
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Northern Spirit Voyageur Canoe Adventure

Northern Spirit AdventuresNorthern Spirit AdventuresNorthern Spirit Adventures took me on an expedition to the far corners of northern Ontario to see historical landmarks, unprecidented natural wonders, and provided me a one of a kind true Canadian experience. My journey with Northern Spirit Adventures is the furthest north I have ever traveled by land in Ontario. After driving to Smooth Rock Falls, approximately one and a half hours north of Timmins, my voyageur canoe trek began. Continue reading

Staycation at Cedar Meadows Resort and Spa

Cedar Meadows Resort and SpaCedar Meadows Resort and Spa organized the perfect two days to give me a taste of the vacation destination in Timmins during the summer. I first visited the resort and spa during the dead of northern Ontario’s harsh winter when I dined, dipped in the Nordic baths (which was much needed during the freezing temperatures), and snuggled under a blanket on the winter wonderland wildlife tour. This time, I got to visit Cedar Meadows Resort and Spa with my boyfriend during the sunny and warm bird chirping season. Continue reading