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Inspiring & Encouraging

Inspiring & Encouraging

Until recently, I really had no idea how much One Canadian’s Journey has inspired & encouraged so many people.

I’m always thankful and appreciative when I meet people and they let me know that I’ve inspired them. But when I’ve been receiving emails of personal stories and how my blog & photos have inspired & encouraged them, and what they are doing now, Wow! I’m truly touched and moved. I’m also very stumped because I don’t know what to say, …thank-you!  Keep on living life to the fullest! 

Be sure to read the About Page  Thank-you Everyone! 

There are so many beautiful places and people out there,
let’s find them together!

One of the things I most admire about Terry Fox

One of the things I most admire about Terry Fox

There really is not much one can say about this inspiring Canadian that hasn’t already been said, expect…

I want to share with you one of the things I most admire about Mr. Terry Fox.

He is the only Canadian (that I’m aware of) to single handily unite All Canadians coast to coast as a whole, like no other Canadian has…. and his legacy continues to do so. 

Born: Terrance Stanley Fox (1958 – 1981)
Monument: 9’ bronze statue on a 45 ton granite base.
Location: 1000 Highway 11/17, Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7A 0A1

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Every once in a while, I’ll meet people who…

Every once in a while, I’ll meet people who…

…only want to send a friendly smile and hello to a stranger, without any type of agenda.

As I was walking along the waterfront with my camera in hand, these two ladies smiled and acknowledged my presence with a friendly “Hello! Welcome to Port Hardy!”.

I love it when people strike up a conversation for no other reason than to smile and say hello to a stranger. That’s exactly what these two nice ladies did.

We shared a few stories, laughs, and it was a great feeling to be welcomed to their community – Tsulqaute First Nations on the Northern Eastern Shores of Vancouver Island BC

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Meanwhile, back in the Peacefulness of a Winter Wonderland…

Meanwhile, back in the Peacefulness of a Winter Wonderland…

Meanwhile, back in the Peacefulness of the Winter Wonderland, the snow glides to the ground where it blankets the forrest.  These early morning walks are often filled with the curiousness of the critters as they come to see who has entered their playground.…. this is Campbell Valley Park.

It was a neat and unusual feeling to see all these critters who just stood there, hardly moving among the snowflakes.  It’s like there were literally frozen in time, allowing me to pull out my camera and take a few pictures.

Even the water’s ripples were frozen in time…

More photos from Campbell Valley – A Visual Experience 





  

Parrots & The Stinky Island

Parrots & The Stinky Island

kayaking, oceanAccording to my GPS, it had shown a Marina nearby. As we pulled up, it was obvious that this was not what we had expected. See, what the GPS failed to mention was that this place was a private resort.

Speaking with the Dock Master, he had made arrangements with the higher-ups to allow us stay on the resort’s island, which was connected by a small walking bridge.

People’s curiosity was no different here than other places we had stayed. We chatted with several staff & local vacationers, shared a few stories and laughs. We had met some really nice people.

island, campingBy nightfall, we headed to the island in the dark to set up our tents. There was’t a lot of room among the brush & trees and there was one very distinct smell that would haunt us throughout the night…. a rotting dead animal.

We never did find where it was coming from, but geez, it was nasty. I think the smell stayed in my nose hairs for the rest of the day…ugh, fun.

The next morning, we were more than ready to pack up and leave this island.

Eating breakfast at their outdoor restaurant, nowhere near the island, it was a treat to see and “speak” with 2 of their local residence…. The Macaw was the loudest and wouldn’t shut-up, lol.

After breakfast, it was time to head out….

I Wasn’t going to Share this…

I Wasn’t going to Share this…

For Personal Reasons,
– I wasn’t going to publicly share this –

However, I feel I have to share a portion of it to further prove a point…

(While out on my kayaking adventure…)

Having just kayaked the morning, we pulled up on a beach with a restaurant. Waiting for our food to be served… all of a sudden, a gentleman collapsed to the ground from a massive heart attack.  Another gentleman and I immediately jumped in and performed CPR.  He didn’t survive, leaving behind his screaming and very distraught wife.

So here’s the thing…

One minute I’m paddling and enjoying life’s experiences, watching the dolphins play, stingrays flying underwater, paddling through fields of jellyfish, and seeing many new things I’ve never experienced.

Within an instance… and at the opposite end of the spectrum
… a life ended.

This unfortunate incident further proves my point.  It’s important to realize that you (me) were never promised tomorrow, let alone 5 minutes from now, so while you can, please go out and enjoy the time you do have.

This was a very harsh reminder of “Why I do what I do
& Live for today, because you were never promised tomorrow.

sunset, kayak, ocean,

Back onto the Liquid Highway

Back onto the Liquid Highway

img_3256aHaving recovered… for the most part, it was time to get things back on track, but this time I would be joined by David Lannie of Mobile Alabama for the next couple weeks.

Also joining me for the day would be fellow local kayakers – Daniel Miller, Darwin Frison, Laura Bartlett and Phil Moon.

Leaving where I had left off in Pensacola Fl on the ICW, we paddled east bound. Eventually the 6 of us became 4, as 2 decided to head back.

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A Little Mishap

A Little Mishap

hospital-visit

I knew something was wrong
when I stopped sweating…

What’s A little Dehydration and Heat Stroke to add to the adventure?

Since 7:00am, I was enjoying the moments and the excitement of exploring somewhere new. A few of the things I had seen throughout the day were the magnificent dolphins and jellyfish swimming by, the white sandy beaches, as well as seeing the very fast & loud fighter jets flying in formation.

With a smile on my face, I wasn’t really paying attention to the long hours spent paddling in 92-94 degree fahrenheit with a humidity you could bottle, while under a relentless sun. It was a learning experience that knocked me down, but not out. No matter how much water and gatorade I consumed, it still kicked my butt.

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My First American Kiss

My First American Kiss

While kayaking, I had been coming across several locations where the fish were jumping 2 – 3 feet out of the water, which was pretty cool.  So, you know me… I had to get right in the middle of it!

These silver footers were jumping up and over my kayak, sometimes hitting the sides, probably knocking themselves out, and just as I was snickering to myself, “Watch as one hits me in the back of the head”, one of the little guys smacked me on the side of my face, corner of my lips.  A little startled, but funny as heck. That was my first American kiss.

Not quite what I expected, but I’ll take it!

Dock, Sunset, Water, Sky

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