Bandwagon Blogger says Follow Me on Instagram! Story time is just getting started…

I will admit it – I have been a bandwagon blogger. I started the blog when I had an abundance of free time on my hands. More than enough. Too much, if there is such a thing. I’m sure some reading that sentence might cringe, or disagree in some way. But I was adrift.

Today, I am happy to say, I don’t have that problem! Free time is once again something precious, to be hoarded, and treasured. I am a graduate student. So you see, it’s not that I have stopped writing.

To reinforce this lifestyle, my tried and tested Nikon D60 has finally gone caput after a lot of use, and from time to time, abuse, at my hands. My trigger finger is getting itchy: and so my love for Instagram has finally taken flight.

So Follow Me on Instagram! 

More travel photos from around the world, as well as a whole bunch from my home, Canada, as well. Photos from Home and Away! Food, travel, the great outdoors.

I’m hooked you guys. So I’m here to say that I haven’t given up on the blog, just put it on the back burner on a very gentle, slow cooking simmer. It makes me happy to see that people still come to the blog as it is through search engines and other external links! The most popular posts continue to be those that I had some sort of experience or story to share – factual or fictional.

There are a ton of travel bloggers out there to be sifted through online, but true storytellers among them seem few and far between. That is something I am trying to keep up with on Instagram by sharing my photographs. Instagram is like the Travel Years, just distilled and concentrated down. Check it out!

 

 

 

 

Photos on Mondays

The Challenge: To post a photo that reminds us of home, simple as that. This is a edited and re-posted photo taken this past summer. Taken in the French River Provincial Park, with my Dad, coming back to camp after a night of fishing.

I am starting another of the Daily Post Challenges this month – Photography 101. I like having the prompts every day that give me something to think about! This photo (like most of mine) was taken with a Nikon D60 DSLR. I rarely leave home without it!

@ French River Provincial Park

@ French River Provincial Park

‘Best of’ Photography Part 2: My Dog, and the Days of Summer

This collection of photographs sums up my summer – outside, and on the water. Fall is setting in, firmly. Departure until Vietnam is still about 3 months out. These will have to hold me over until then.

Best Summer Photography – Part One.

So these pictures are some of my absolute favorite that I took this summer! All of the photos are taken using my Nikon D60 DSLR and 17-55mm lens – and taken by me! While it is my goal to develop my lens and camera collection, I work with what I have.

Note: I ended up re-posting this since I screwed up the link to the last post by re-blogging it. Fail on my part. Apologies if you have seen this aleady.

Thanks for viewing, and your feedback. More to follow!

4 months to go – the end of another summer; a travel agenda; fall happenings.

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!