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Want Snow? Try These Winter Activities in Quebec

March 21, 2019 1 Comment »

Quebec winter activities

“I’m sorry folks, but we are unable to land because the runway needs to be cleared off. We’ll be diverting to Montreal until they can get the snow cleared and will try again,” our pilot explained. My trip to Quebec actually started by getting delayed by the snow. I was tired and sad as my […]

Experiencing Sisterhood on a Surf and Yoga Retreat

February 13, 2019 4 Comments »

surf and yoga retreat

I bobbed in the ocean, sitting on my board, breathing heavy from the paddle out past the break. I already felt like giving up, but my eyes were zeroed in on the horizon, squinting away the sunrise. My brain was on overdrive. This one? Too big. This one? No, wait…maybe…no. This one? No, I can’t […]

The Difference Between Cruising and UnCruising

January 18, 2019 12 Comments »

small ship cruise

I’m not a person who cruises. However, I am a person who uncruises. I know what you are thinking – “she’s lost her mind – there is not such thing as uncruising – she’s resorted to making up words!” un·cruis·ing /ˈənˈkro͞oziNG/ noun: uncruising – the action of engaging, connecting, and exploring unique places, oneself, and […]

Colorado Dog Sledding and Winter Adventures

January 16, 2019 No Comments »

colorado dog sledding snow mountain ranch

As we drove down the switchbacks of Berthoud Pass I pointed out Winter Park ski hill to my friend Lynn. We both looked at the little ant-like people coming down the runs and kept driving. Even though Colorado has had one of their best early snow seasons that had everyone flocking to the slopes in […]

How to do No Trace Hiking and Camping

October 4, 2018 3 Comments »

no trace hiking and camping

In an effort to bring you some new voices on Ottsworld, here is a guest post from writer and outdoor adventurer Ben.  I was excited to have him write about No-trace hiking and camping! After all, I spend a lot of time outdoors and if we want this outdoor playground to have a long life, […]

Leave Your Burdens Behind on Saint Olav Ways

July 31, 2018 7 Comments »

saint olav ways hike norway

Burdens…we all carry many with us. What if you could just choose some to leave some behind? That’s what I was thinking about as I slowly and steadily climbed up the Dovre mountain plateau along the Saint Olav Ways Gudbrandsdalen path. And even though I didn’t have a very heavy pack, I always have heavy […]

Best Hikes in the World I’ve Personally Completed

April 18, 2018 18 Comments »

best hikes in the world

I’m going to tell you a secret, most people who write about travel don’t even travel to the places they are writing about!  I’ve seen many articles on ‘Best Hikes In The World’ which is just your standard round up of popular hikes that someone researched online.  Most of the writers have not actually set […]

Fairbanks Alaska Your Homebase for Winter Fun

April 17, 2018 11 Comments »

Fairbanks Alaska winter travel

While Alaska is a popular dream destination in the summer, it gets little respect in the winter. The frigid temperatures, lack of light, and heavy snow scare off most people. However, that’s the exact reason why I thought Fairbanks Alaska would be the perfect place to go for a winter adventure – I wanted to […]