I don’t know about you, but I’m so glad March is over.
March is what I’d call a grunt month. That shoulder season where we’re about done with skiing, but the weather isn’t quite ready for outdoor fun. So March was a lot of work with little play.
But April is here! Wildflowers! And wildflowers means Summer is around the corner. And it means it’s time to bust out climbing guides and maps and figure out this year’s travel plan.
Now where will the next 6 months will take us?
Nicaragua is an impulse trip, born out of a wedlock of a frustrating work day and a credit card. More on this next week.
Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec
Montreal and Quebec
I’ve been practicing my ‘comment ca va?’ in preparation to traveling to this French side of Canada. I find the opportunity to practice my French (which I’ve been learning online) is just as exciting as seeing what this area has to offer.
Toronto* Partially sponsored trip
Toronto is this year’s host of North America TBEX, a travel blogger conference. Explorer’s Edge is taking a group of us kayaking, canoeing, and mountain biking in areas around Algonquin Park, the Almaguin Highlands, Muskoka and Parry Sound.
When I look at a map, I can’t help but go, “Whoa, Canada is huge! What’s over there?” This is an opportunity for me to find out a small part of the answer.
Too many people who know how much we love the outdoors have been telling us, “You guys have to go to Montana!” so we’ve decided to heed this advice. From what I’ve seen, I’m in love already: mountains, big sky, rivers, glaciers! The one question that came to mind: “Why haven’t we gone here already?”
Bugaboos Provincial Park, and more British Colombia
Every year we set our eyes on a couple of climbing destination routes. They’re almost always technically easy, logistically difficult (we’re lazy, that’s why they’re only a couple a year), but incredibly beautiful climbs. One of these year’s goals is the West Ridge of Pigeon Spire in Bugaboos Provincial Park, BC, Canada. A 5.4 climb that promises ‘spectacular exposure’.
We’re very excited about this climb because it’s our kind of climb: easy but very rewarding in terms if vista.
I mean, look at that pic!
Turkey, Georgia, and (Armenia?)
I’m so happy that Turkey and Georgia haven’t joined the Schengen area yet, because that means as an Indonesian passport holder I can still visit these countries and get visas on arrival. That, alone, is often reason enough for me to go travel to a country. But I’ve wanted to visit Turkey and Georgia forever so this is meant to be!
Jack has been training for an ambitious climbing goal for next year so I’ve been having a hard time convincing him to come on these trips unless there’s climbing involved. I’m sure there are mountains in Turkey and Georgia, so my mission is to find pics of mountains to entice him.
As you can see, the details of these trips are still very vague. So let us know if you have any tips.
Do you live in one of these places and would like to meet up?
Do you want to stay in our downtown San Francisco apartment for free in the summer in exchange for cat sitting?