|My faithful hiking boots - destroyed!|
|Alternate "trail" not on the maps... That sounded like a great idea!|
|On the way back after the Adventure Trail - June 2013|
|Adventure Trail - Manitoulin Island - July 2003|
When I moved to California in 1999, I started to do a lot of hiking. It was during the dot com boom, so friends from Canada were in the area regularly. We would find an interesting park and go explore. By the summer of 2000, it was clear I needed to invest in some proper hiking boots, so bought them while attending a friend's wedding in Prince George, BC. Back then, digital cameras were just coming out, but I remained faithful to my Pentax ESPIO 928 35mm. As a result, I don't have many digitized photos from 1999 to 2002 when I started getting CDs made with my film development.
The most impressive hikes I have done were in Yosemite National Park, attempting Half Dome twice and completing the Glacier Point/Panoramic Trails twice. Yosemite is still my favourite place on earth so it was a natural place to take my first photo vacation with my Nikon D60 DSLR in 2008.
|Nevada Falls on the way up to Half Dome - Yosemite National Park - Sept 2001|
|The friendly stalker bear on the Panoramic Trail - Yosemite - Fall 2002|
|Photogenic squirrel - Yosemite - Sept 2008|
|Garrapata State Park, CA - Fall 2002|
|D and I at Point Lobos - Spring 2003|
|Last hike before moving away from California - Tennessee Valley - April 2004|
After moving to Vancouver, I did a lot of business travel for the first 18 months. Still, I found time to hike in the area, visiting Buntzen Lake and Lynn Canyon the most. I finally converted to a Kodak compact digital camera in 2006, but all the photos from my time in Vancouver were backed up on a hard drive that is now failing, so I can't post any right now. At least the best of them have been printed!
After moving to Montreal, my wanderings became more urban, but vacations still take us to more rugged areas. My faithful boots took me through Zakros Gorge in Crete, through some parks in rural Quebec, and even back to California.
|Zakros Gorge - Crete - May 2009|
|Saguenay National Park - July 2010|
|Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve - May 2012|
I will invest in another pair of good hiking boots and I can't wait to see where they will take me!