I don’t know who else has noticed – but the leaves are turning. Already. Enter fall, stage right. Not that I can honestly say I mind summer wrapping up overly much this year, as good as it’s been. With only 4 months left until departure date on Asia 2015, I am certain there will be enough to do and keep busy with September through December.

I haven’t posted in a while, so I wanted to use this post as a quick recap of what’s been going on, but also to talk about TRAVEL PLANS!!!!

It seems as though the summer itself has been incredibly short, but oh so sweet. Despite rain and lots of cool days, I managed to get in lots of outdoor exploring this season in the Parry Sound and Greater Sudbury areas. The Georgian Bay coastline and islands are magnificent – you could spend a lifetime just touring and poking around the extension of Lake Huron alone. This summer I managed to slip in three weekends in the French River region of the Bay, including a week long visit. While a visit to the French is always a highlight, this year’s trip had special meaning. It was my first time traveling there with an objective – to experience and write about the beauty and natural assets of the park so that other outdoors enthusiasts can experience it as well. This was my first official assignment as an aspiring freelance writer – so stay tuned for that post!

The Lighthouses on the Outer Bustard Islands.

The Lighthouses on the Outer Bustard Islands.

After a hard evening's fishing.

After a hard evening’s fishing.

Besides the French River, we also managed to slip in a day trip to Misery Bay on Manitoulin to hike the alvars and hunt for some unique plant species. The park was worth the drive across the beautiful Manitoulin Island, and did not disappoint. Alvars are large slabs of limestone that happen to bear a striking resemblance to paving stones, despite being a completely natural geological formation. Many plant species are specific to or thrive in these environments, and Misery Bay happens to be a hot spot for these ecosystems. If you’re already out that way, check out tiny Meldrum Bay at the end of Highway 540. Awesome food, awesome view, awesome service all at the inn.

Limestone off the shore of Manitoulin Island by the Mississaugi Lighthouse.

Limestone off the shore of Manitoulin Island by the Mississaugi Lighthouse.

Hi everyone - from the Mississaugi Lighthouse on Manitoulin.

Hi everyone – from the Mississaugi Lighthouse on Manitoulin.

The alvars at Misery Bay look exactly like pavement - an old abandoned playground.

The alvars at Misery Bay look exactly like pavement – or an old abandoned playground.

Meldrum Bay

Meldrum Bay

August was incredibly busy, so diving has been put on hold until recently although I am now back in the water. FRIDAY IS NIGHT DIVING! I am excited and also slightly nervous – it’s dark down there! Besides night diving, navigation has become a major part of my diving education. It’s reassuring that I will know be better equipped to use a compass, even if I did have to learn the skills underwater to figure it out. I am getting a lot more confident in Ontario cold water, and am starting to really look forward to the next thing and doing some tropical water diving in Vietnam and hopefully Indonesia! The diving season here will continue through until October so lot’s of time to get in more bottom time.

Everything you might need for a morning under the water - don't bring anything you don't want to get wet.

Everything you might need for a morning under the water – don’t bring anything you don’t want to get wet.

It’s all great, but the most important fall activity of all is TRIP PLANNING!!! I’m not excited at all… After lots of talk and internetting, we have decided to start our Asia adventure in Nepal. I see this as a bonus, as we will be able to get the cold weather stuff out of the way before heading to the southeast. Myself and two buddies will be traveling from Canada, to meet our other Canadian travel buddy who has been living in China for the past year or so. So it is a reunion as well as an adventure, and I can’t wait to do some trekking. Fall in Canada will also be about getting in some hiking practice and doing some training for mounting hiking. While our plans are still loose, after Nepal comes northern Vietnam. From there things are up in the air, which suits me just fine. Who else has been to Nepal? Where did you go?

Travel companions :)

Travel companions 🙂

So lot’s going on – be on the lookout for highlights from my Friday Night Dive, as well as developing travel plans!

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