Chinese Fortune In Auyuittuq National Park, Nunavut, July/August 2017

For months I trained hard and prepared for a solo trek into the Parks’s mystical and uber wild, Akshayuk Pass, one of the most remote, demanding but also rewarding hikes in Canada.

However I always believed an early death would be from drowning. I'd had a couple of water scares as a youngster which served to reinforce such dread and then years ago when Trish and I met, our Chinese fortune said, “ a river of grief will follow". It could have said maybe it's not a good match, or she’ll steal your money. But no, to me it meant someone was going to fish my skinny little carcass out of the drink someday.
I wondered if I was heading to that river as that damned fortune stuck in my head like the shadow of a school yard bully. Not that I went around buying more life insurance and indiscriminately hugging strangers and loved ones. But I wondered…

Things start poorly before I even get out of Pangnirtung Airport. My First Air flight from Iqaluit is already a day late then it returns…

Barbadian De-compression Jan 26- Feb 11, 2016

We're not beach people. Trish and I find beach culture monotonous. Getting sauted in the sun whilst under-sized speedos on oversized bellies strut around isn't exactly the height of culture. Just recently I skipped el cheapo beach destinations in Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar and India. So why go to Barbados?  Well if you're asking, you don't live in Ottawa over the winter. Besides we have Mel (aka Old Spice) a buddy down there so free digs, yippee! And yes, after 4 plus months of travel I needed a bonafide vacation.

Barbados was once inhabited by Amerindians whom the Spaniards called Caribs, hence the term Caribbean. Raise your hands if you knew that, we sure didn't. Anyway the Spaniards had a hand in wiping out the native population in much of the Caribbean, leaving Barbados largely uninhabited until the English colonized it in 1625. For a while more English lived in the West Indies than the Americas.
Then they discovered how wonderful Barbadian sugar cane was. Bu…