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Mindful Explorer
Canada, Outdoors, Simplicity, Travel, Photography, Mindfulness
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Minna Ridge is a south central Vancouver Island day hike well known for it’s alpine meadows, wild flowers, tarns and stunning views. Located just south of Highway 4 between Port Alberni and Qualicum this popular day hike tops the list of many avid outdoor enthusiasts. Minna Ridge Day Hike Overview Access : 22km active logging roads from Highway 4 Hike : 10km with 760m elevation gain (Min Elevation @ 884m / Max Elev ...
Posted: Oct 13 2017 @ 11:55 PM
Fast and Light, the route is rugged and the stoke is high. Through the forest across moss and mud breaking through the treeline into the alpine where the terrain becomes technical and challenging. Finally reaching the mountain summit full of the positive vibes and sense of accomplishment thanks in no small part to Salomon. One would wonder if there was a runner that could be part of that adventurous story. Well, ...
Posted: Oct 05 2017 @ 2:54 AM
Campbell River is a place where the modern world meets the untamed wilds of Vancouver Island. From the coastal waters off it’s eastern shores to the rugged beauty of the iconic Strathcona Park. From the soaring eagles to the majestic orca. Planning a visit allows the outdoor enthusiast to step through a gateway to a special wild place. A wild place rich in culture with a connection to a sense ...
Posted: Aug 05 2017 @ 10:20 PM
Constantly striving to find gear that meets the demands of the adventuring minimalist the Black Diamond Liquid Point GTX Shell makes the cut. Typical requirements for an outer shell are durable, windproof, waterproof, functional and comfortable. The Liquid Point Shell adds minimal, packable and lightweight to that list. The Liquid Point GTX Shell feels at home in the Alpine First Impressions on the Black Diamond Liquid Point GTX Shell When first picking up ...
Posted: Jun 18 2017 @ 3:35 PM
When choosing pants I look for comfort, functionality and durability that I can use in both the backcountry or urban environment. Ultimately with that criteria I settled on the Salomon Wayfarer Utility Pant. Salomon – Taking You to the Wild Playground If you were too think about the brand Salomon you would think about elite runners and distance athletes. Well you would be correct as I did as well until a few ...
Posted: May 24 2017 @ 7:53 PM
Experiencing the Scenic Pacific Rim Highway One of the most spectacular ways to experience the beauty and diversity of Vancouver Island is on a Tofino Road along the Pacific Rim Highway. I often have my best experiences outdoors when I hop in my car for a Road Trip with only a destination in mind but plenty of time to stop and explore along the way. Starting on the Eastern shores of Vancouver Island in ...
Posted: May 15 2017 @ 8:30 PM
When your trip plans include multi-day treks to Alpine objectives consider the Mountain Hardwear Ozonic 70 Backpack. Rugged dependable quality that is able to withstand unpredictable weather is a standard Mountain Hardwear is known for. This new pack is that reputation molded into a simple minimalist design with an amazingly comfortable suspension system. The Ozonic 70 is rugged and ready for the Alpine – photo Kayleen VanderRee Picking the Right Pack for Your ...
Posted: Apr 08 2017 @ 12:00 PM
If I could give you one piece of advice in these modern times of high social media engagement it would be to behave authentically and be mindful of your actions. Slow down to take the time to reflect on how you are using your time on social media. How Being Mindful Will Improve Your Social Media Health I have touched on this topic before in posts like Engage Your Generous Positivity and Instagram or “Insta-Can” but recently this ...
Posted: Apr 03 2017 @ 6:31 PM
Discover The Top Canadian Instagrammers You Should Follow The Social media app Instagram has provided the most positive effect on my life from time spent online. Furthermore it has been the tool that has allowed connection with other extremely inspiring people. These passionate Canadian outdoor instagrammers share such profound images and stories. Consequently it was a given that I had to reach out to them. Over the years solid friendships have formed with many on the list. As ...
Posted: Feb 18 2017 @ 7:00 PM
At What Point Does Money No Longer Buy Happiness Does choosing to follow a path of simplicity embracing life over money make you Happier? Most of my writing doesn’t speak directly about personal finance. It does not provide you with fancy […] The post The Importance of Embracing Life Over Money appeared first on Mindful Explorer. ...
Posted: Feb 06 2017 @ 10:00 AM


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