Dedicated to my niece Elizabeth, for her first birthday. Run with the wolves, my Darling. Run wild, run free. Be the leader of the pack, and never be afraid to let others hear your voice. Run with the wolves, my Darling. Let the wind always guide you to your dreams. Let it blow … More Run with the Wolves, My Darling
Poem 1. Always remember, you are at the mercy of nature. The rain, the wind, the sun. You have no control over what the earth brings down from the sky. Every element has purpose. For if there were only sun, the earth would burn. And if there were only rain, the earth would flood and … More Eastern Reflections
On May 9th – I was adopted from the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society by my Mom. The Humane Society didn’t really know anything about me. They named me Layla – but now my name is Sierra, which means mountain range. I was a stray that was found. My ribs poked out of my sides and I … More From Stray to Fundy Bay: A rescue dog’s journey from shelter to Eastern Canada.
Reflection One: Canadian Passport Approximately a year and a half after hiking the Inca Trail, I find myself in a hotel room in San Jose, Costa Rica. On route since 2am. I felt pretty proud of myself. I got a taxi on my own to the hotel. Although my Spanish is limited, I was able … More My Journey to Costa Rica. Ocean, Eating, Reflection.
We live in a day in age, where many people have many opinions. Truthfully, I am one of those people. While having many of my own opinions, I try my best to take the time to understand someone’s point of view, even when it may differ from my own. However, sometimes this is easier said … More “Yes, I am Traveling on my Own” – My experience being an engaged, female solo-traveler.
Everyone grows up. Everyone grows up differently. Everyone grows up learning different lessons that shape who they become (to a certain extent). In some cases, some people need to re-learn the lessons they learned as a child in order to become the person their heart whispers to them that they truly are. *** I grew … More My Journey with Traveling: Re-learning what I was Taught.
4am. That is the time we needed to be up for to begin our hike to Machu Picchu. Those who know me, know I am far from a morning person. Before I left for my trip, my friends would laugh when I told them about this part of the trip. Surprisingly however, it was not … More My Journey in Peru: Day 6 – Machu Picchu
Waking up on the morning of the third day was tough. I hadn’t slept most of the night and was grumpy. Oh well. At least today was the easy day of hiking! I had that to look forward to. I was a quick downhill hiker. And, it had luckily stopped raining. We all ate breakfast … More My Journey in Peru: Day 5 -Descending Tears
I heard Fletcher whispering my name at approximately 6am “Jessy…Jessy”. I was pissed. It was early and I was cold. And sore. And not ready to start my day of hiking up the mountain. Day two of the Inca Trail hike is said to be the hardest day of hiking by most who have completed … More My Journey in Peru: Day 4 – Sweat and Altitude
The next morning we ate breakfast and weighed bags which were given to us at the beginning of the trip. The bags would carry items we did not need throughout the day and would be carried by Porters. Porters are very common in Peru. They assist many hikers and travel groups in their journey to … More My Journey in Peru: Day 3 – The Hiking Begins!