Traveling is Worth the Wait

Peggys Cove Nova Scotia

Peggys Cove Nova Scotia

Where will I be traveling now? While I’m saving up for my next big expedition abroad (14 months of full time travel was hard on the bank account/pocket) for next year, I’ll still be traveling. Now just not too far from home this time. So where will I be going you ask?

  • Traveling within Canada
  • Traveling within Atlantic Canada
  • Traveling within the United States
  • Traveling within my home province: New Brunswick
  • Becoming a tourist within my own city

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Turquoise Destinations of 2013

Turquoise Thursday:

Here are some highlights of my 2013 North American and Caribbean turquoise destinations in review. After 6 months of travel, I traveled through 13 countries and provinces. 13 destinations in 2013!

New Brunswick:

kouchibouguac NB

Kelly’s Beach Dunes, Kouchibouguac

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The Sacramento Zoo from the Eyes of a Child

The Sacramento Zoo

Sacramento ZooI accompanied my friend and her children to the Sacramento Zoo on a quiet afternoon. Watching the kids wander through the zoo in amazement was such a unique and inspiring opportunity. With animals from all over the world including Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas the children were learning about species they didn’t even know existed. Experiencing the zoo from a child’s view was refreshing and entertaining. The zoo’s mission statement: “the Sacramento Zoo inspires appreciation, respect and a connection with wildlife and nature through education, recreation and conservation” matched perfectly with our time at the zoo. Keeping up with the children while zigzagging through the zoo from exhibit to exhibit, kept me on the run for hours.  Continue reading

Three Months and Going Strong

Sacramento River

Sacramento River

So I have been traveling for 3 months already! The time is going by so quickly! I still have 11 months to travel before I go back to work. I am really cherishing the time I have to travel, explore, and to do all the things I didn’t previously have time for. I feel like the luckiest person in the world to have an opportunity such as this. It is not everyday that someone can take a year off from their job to travel. I do not take this opportunity for granted. I’ve been saving up and waiting for this opportunity for 6 years; I am blessed that the time is finally here!  During my ‘waiting’ years, I taught for 6 years, changed grade levels, bought a house, completed my Master’s in Education and principal’s certificate, and saved up. I worked hard to earn my year off. Continue reading

Another World in Old Sacramento

Old SacramentoLeaving San Francisco to arrive in Old Sacramento is like entering another world! Old Sacramento is a National Historic Landmark District and a State Historic Park. The unique area is like no other place I have ever visited. Arriving in Old Sacramento on the cobble streets is as though I have been teleported back to the Old West. The Wild Wild West! Old Sacramento is filled with museums (including the amazing California State Railroad Museum), eclectic shops, one of a kind restaurants, and on-going historical events. Wander through the streets of Old Sacramento to step back in time to take a break from our many modern amenities. Put your electronic devices away to tour Old Sacramento on horse and carriage, join a walking tour, visit one of the museums, or taste test at the many specialty shops along the way. My favorite was nibbling on cashew brittle and fresh popped pop corn while wandering the open streets of Old Sacramento. Continue reading

Playing in North Carolina

Lazy 5 Ranch

Lazy 5 Ranch

My absolute favorite destination in North Carolina is the privately owned and family run Lazy 5 Ranch located outside of Charlotte in Moorseville, NC. Lazy 5 Ranch is not just for kids; I think I enjoyed it as much as the children around me, if not more. I was extremely excited to take the 3.5 mile guided safari wagon tour throughout the interactive zoo seeing more than 750 animals from all over the world. Animals from over 6 continents roam free throughout the park in their re-created “natural” habitats. During the horse drawn wagon ride, I had multiple opportunities to take pictures of the many animals, feed the animals, and pet the animals during the stops along the way.

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The Greatest Thrill I Will Ever Experience

Today I am going skydiving with Vacationland Skydiving in Pittsfield Maine for my 30th birthday as a present to myself! Skydiving today will be even more special because my best friend Kristyn will be joining me. I am excited and scared at the same time! I’ve always wanted to go skydiving and I feel the time is now. Today is the day. What better way to celebrate the big thirty? As I watched the skydiving videos on Vacationland Skydiving‘s website the other day, the palms of my hands got sweaty with anticipation of what I am going to do. I can’t believe I am finally going to do it! I’m actually going to fall from the sky. My boyfriend asked me: why would you want to jump out of a perfectly good plane? Maybe he is right, although, he has this perspective because he is a pilot. The majority of my friends and family think I am insane, yet the few who have been skydiving have been cheering me on. I’ve been told it is the greatest thrill I will ever experience (I hope).

This is my top bucket list item right now! When dreams finally become reality.

Wish me luck! I think I might need it…

Photo of the Week- Butterflies Go Free

This year I spent my winter break in Montreal, Quebec. I absolutely adore the city. I love everything about it–its food, culture, events, shopping, attractions and people. During my week in Montreal, I visited the Biodome, Insectarium, Place des Arts, Mount Royal, Mount Royal Cemetery, Olympic Stadium, the Old Port, Place Bonaventure, Saint Joseph’s Oratory, and my favorite–the Botanical Garden. Every year, Montreal’s Botanical Garden transforms their exhibition greenhouse into a massive butterfly sanctuary where they host their ‘Butterflies Go Free’ exhibit. Thousands of colourful butterflies and moths fly freely throughout the greenhouse. The 2013 exhibit showcased monarchs as its main attraction. It was incredible. In the middle of winter thousands of vibrant butterflies fly about bringing life (and hope of spring) to the city. If ever in Montreal, I highly recommend this attraction.

Butterfly

A Pilot All to Myself

Having a boyfriend as a pilot has its benefits. We have the privilegeFlying with Corey of renting a plane anytime we like to fly wherever we like. We get to spend our travel time together and we don’t have to share the aircraft with anyone else. We can travel on our schedule, not someone else`s. We have had the opportunity to fly over our subdivision, Moncton New Brunswick, Hopewell Rocks, Fundy Park, the Chocolate River (also known as the Petitcodiac River), and to see the world`s highest tides from above!

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