Another Middle Earth?

Being from New Zealand, some people I encounter ask me “Why are you in Canada? I hear New Zealand is beautiful!” I pretty much get this statement on a daily basis.

It’s true, New Zealand is stunning. But have these people ever seen what is in their own back yard? These photos I took from my hike on Whistler Mountain yesterday show just how spectacular Canada is. I think this equally deserves the title of the real Middle Earth.

 

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These photos I took over the weekend whilst hiking the Half Note Trail on Whistler Mountain. The hike took about 3 hours all up, although I did stop a lot for photos (and to get my breath back…) I can never get tired of these views… I felt like a Hobbit on an adventure!

 

I will miss Canada WAY too much ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Dress To Impress Out Of A Suitcase

Trying to escape the typical backpacker fashion of shorts, worn out tee-shirt and ugly walking shoes and feeling like you fit in with the locals in the city you’re visiting can feel like a hard task when you’re living out of a backpack or suitcase for weeks on end.

It can also be easy to overpack, bringing all these clothes that you think will look amazing in all the selfies you will be taking, however you soon discover that the bright floral skirt you brought goes with nothing else you own, or the pretty dress you brought for going out clubbing at night needs to be ironed every single time you need to wear it.

I have put together a collection of my favorite Pinterest outfits that are perfect for packing for your next adventure (seriously, I don’t know what I would do without Pinterest in my life!)

 

The “Appropriate” Outfit

A lot of temples, places of worship, and holy sites will only allow you in if you are dressing appropriately – meaning you need to be covering you’re knees and shoulders. In Winter time this isn’t really an issue, but for example if you are in Rome trying to go to the Vatican City on a 40ยบC day in August (I know from experience!) this can be more of an issue when all you want to wear is a tank top and shorts.

I am so glad the midi skirt has made a come-back as it is the perfect, pretty solution!

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The Miracle Accessory

Hats are the perfect way to save a day where there is no time to do your hair, or when your outfit would otherwise be a little bit dull and boring. Plus, it protects your scalp from sunburn and you know what the say- safety first!

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The Day to Night Outfit

Rompers are a great option for a day of exploring through to a night of dinner and partying. Not to mention they are so effortless- none of this worrying about matching your skirt to your top! They are super light and don’t take up much room at all in your suitcase. I prefer plain black rompers as they are easy to accessorize- but floral rompers are also look great!

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Feel free to share any other ideas on travel outfits! I always love an excuse to shop ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

 

 

 

Whistler Day Trips- Waterfalls Galore

As amazing as Whistler is, sometimes you just need to escape the bubble and get explore more of the surroundings. So when my friend managed to score use of a car for the weekend, we jumped at the opportunity to get out and see as much as we could.

Of course, it just HAD to be around 25+ degrees (Celsius) all week and as soon as it came to our weekend it rained the whole time. We had originally planned to go camping, however with that idea out we headed up to Pemberton to check out Nairn Falls.

Pemberton is about a 30 minute drive north of Whistler, and Nairn Falls is just a couple of kms before Pemberton. The walk to the falls is about a 30 minutes in each direction, on flat yet uneven terrain. There are plenty of beautiful photo opportunities along the way, so make time for a lot of selfies!

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The walk to Nairn Falls

After the falls, we were starving so we continued into Pemberton to go to Mile One, a cafe we had heard amazing things about. The boys ordered a BLT Burger, and I had the Cheese Steak Sandwich, and OMG they were some of the best burgers we have had in our life. The BLT burgers were complete with pork belly and grilled apples, and my Cheese Steak Sandwich was on the softest bun ever and was full of cheesy goodness. The prices were really reasonable as well – around $10 for a burger. If only they had one in Whistler I would be eating here all the time! (My waist line is probably glad they don’t though…)

We then headed south of Whistler to Alexander Falls, which is just off the Sea to Sky Highway in the Callaghan Valley. It is about a 15 minute drive off the highway, and the falls are located right next to a car park so there is no walking involved for this one.

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Alexander Falls, Callaghan Valley, BC

After a ton of selfies and poses in front of these falls, we headed further south to Brandywine Falls. The hike out to these falls is really easy, flat all the way. It took about 20 minutes each way, and not only were we greeted with the view of the spectacular falls but also of Daisy Lake nearby and all the mountains surrounding. We also went on a little side trail that took us to Swim Lake. I wouldn’t have really called it a lake, more like a pond and it was pretty murky so I definitely wouldn’t recommend swimming in it!

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Lastly we headed just past Squamish to Shannon Falls, which once again was a really easy 1o minute walk to get to. I think these were the most spectacular – actually looking up at the falls instead of across or down on them just makes them seem so much larger and surreal.

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Of course our day ended in a Walmart trip and Tim Hortons (seriously it is not OK that Whistler has no Tim Hortons!) It was a pretty successful day in the end, even spite the constant rain!

 

Get off the beaten track! – Some Monday Inspiration

Nothing beats a stroll in the middle of nowhere, connecting with nature and finding peace in the midst of a stressful world!

This photo was taken on my casual stroll home from the village – got to love living in a place where this is part of your commute home.

Whistler is my happy place!