Wild British Columbia

Some days I wonder what life would be like if I lived in another part of the world.  Well, today I was reminiscing about my brief whirlwind of a visit to British Columbia in December 2009, and thought to myself that it would be a great place to live one day, and in reality, it would be relatively easy, as I wouldn't even have to leave Canada.

But until that time comes, I'll just have to relive my memories of BC by looking back at my photos so here is a quick glimpse of my first visit to the West Coast...

Harrison Lake

Just outside Chilliwack

Looking up in North Vancouver

Looking down in North Vancouver

Bald Eagles enjoying their catch

until they lost their battle with the wolves.

The Sea-to-Sky Highway

On the way to Whistler

I actually had the chance to leave everything behind and start a new life with a brand new career in Squamish...
but I decided to skip the job fair in favour of taking in the natural beauty of the area.  Maybe one day, I'll find a job in BC or create my opportunity to go live there.... but in the meantime, I guess I'll just have to plan my next trip to the west coast.

Travelling Dream List

Every once in a while someone asks me, "Mike, where are you going next?"

And my answer is quite simply, "I don't know."

The reason I say this is that with some many interesting and different things to experience in our world, it's hard to choose just one, especially when you want to take on all of it. Then, of course, circumstances change all the time, from political unrest to natural disasters, let alone new opportunities. So for those reasons and for many others, it's hard to say with any certainty where in the world I'll land next but to help narrow things down a bit, here's a short list of some international trips I dream about, in no particular order...

The Alps
Watching the snow melt and the wildflowers bloom while hiking hut-to-hut in the Swiss Alps in the spring.

The Serengeti
Hot air ballooning and horseback riding through Africa to witness the Great Migration. 

The Great Barrier Reef
My swimming skills might need to improve beforehand but scuba diving amongst all the coral would be amazing.  Let's hope this natural wonder never gets destroyed by our activities.

New Zealand
Need I say more?
Judging from the footage only, I might just never leave NZ if I ever visit.

From watching the aurora borealis from inside your glass igloo at Hotel Kakslauttanen in Finland to enjoying the hot springs and the many other dramatic geological features of Iceland, at least two trips are in order here - one in the summer and the other during the winter.

Great beaches, exotic jungles, and cheap.  A backpacker's dream.  At least, that's what I've heard. I have to find out for myself. I definitely plan on going to Southeast Asia as soon as there's more stability in Thailand.

Having had a taste of South America earlier this year, I'm thirsty for more. Chile and Argentina are next on the list.

Chillin' with the penguins. What would be cooler than that!

Snow Biking

Besides world peace and good health for everyone, all I want for Christmas is a Ktrak for my daily winter commuting needs....

or maybe, just an SMX snowbike for some weekend fun!

Merry Christmas!

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