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Roadtrippers.com

18 Apr

Planning a road trip??

We’ve found an awesome planning site: http://www.roadtrippers.com. This website allows you to create an account, create trips with multiple stops/destinations, view itinerary, track fuel costs, distance, and much more.

We are using it to plan our Alberta Road Trip. Here’s a quick look at what we have so far:

Alberta Road Trip

 

 

Keep in mind this is an American site. The distances are listed in miles and gas estimations will vary slightly.

Give it a try! Explore, Dream, Discover!

 

Archives: WCT Video Diary- Day 5.3

8 Apr

Underwater in Cozumel

22 Feb

Hi all,

Chris here, I’m sitting here on the couch with a coffee going through the photos from Coz. Boy what a fun trip, I sure wish I lived by the water. Jess and I were in the ocean just about everyday for a couple hours. Most of the time we spent messing around with the cameras, snorkeling and diving down. The water was a beautiful blue, a bit of a current  which was not too bad and just cool enough that after a couple hours we would get a chill.

Trying to shoot with the current was bit of a pain, also I had a bit of a lung infection so  my breath holds were a bit shorter than I would have liked. That aside though I had a hell of a lot of fun some of the snaps turned out okay. Water is a funny medium, the magnification really plays with your perception of depth. I like the challenge though, before I left I read Martin Edges book on Underwater photography. It sure helped with and now that I am back, I will be reading it again, I now have more to learn!
Any how hope you enjoy the pictures ! Jess and I tried to find some cool stuff for you all to enjoy.   Drop some comments for us, let us know what you like or for you photographers what we can do to improve. Oh and next week Ill have some video up we shot as well !

ENJOY !

Cozumel Day Five

11 Feb

Early in the morning we all jumped in the car and headed to the other side of the island. The east side is not populated and is very wild looking. We took the only road heading east. The map below displays the roads on Cozumel- there aren’t many!

Map of Cozumel

Heading east, we left behind us the only town on the Island, San Miguel. The width of the island only took us about 20 minutes to cover but it was amazing how quickly the jungle overtook the road. Soon the Cruise Ship terminals and tourist diamond shops in San Miguel seemed to be in another universe! We stopped for gas on our way out of town because we were not sure if our gas gauge was working (and there are only 2 gas stations on the island). Reaching the other side of the island, we drove south to El Mirador. It was a beautiful spot to stop and have a couple Coronas while exploring the neat rocks and watching the water surge and splash against the rocky shore. Apart from a family of locals and a small shop that sold both necklaces and Corona’s, we were alone on the edge of the water.

After our explorations were finished at El Mirador, we continues south and drove all way round the bottom of the island back to San Miguel. Our condo is located past the town and the airport (just past the label on the map ‘Playa Azul’).

For the rest of the afternoon we decided we’d like to try out our new speargun and jumped in the ocean searching for the invasive Lionfish. We were so focused on searching for the Lionfish in the coral that lines the rock wall below our condo that we almost didn’t see the giant Spotted Eagle Ray that came to check us out. Chris and his Dad noticed it first as I swam ahead to scan another part of the wall for Lionfish. I looked back to make sure they were following when I saw them snapping pictures of something my direction. I looked below me only to see the GIANT ray directly beneath me. I must say, it took me by surprise and nearly scared me to death at first! I have never seen something so large underwater. Realizing what it was I quickly turned the GoPro on and was able to film Chris dive down with it. Chris then swam to me, give me the speargun and I gave him the camera. Then he turned and swam as fast as he could to keep up with the gentle giant (I don’t think I’ve ever seen him swim so fast!). Despite our best efforts in no time at all the Eagle Ray was gone and we were left to buzz about our awesome experience.

The video isn’t too bad considering I was trying to swim as fast as I could while keeping the camera steady. The sun is setting so the colour is a bit distorted. You can watch the video here:

After snorkeling adventures we headed back into town for another night of Carnival. We had a blast dancing with the locals. Tuesday is the BIG finale… cannot wait!

Cozumel Day Four

10 Feb

So on the second day’s evening, Chris was terribly ill…with pneumonia. He was in bed for 36 hours basically comatose.  Thankfully we traveled with his family (… his dad is a Vet, his mom is an ER Nurse, his aunt also a nurse, his brother an Xray tech and his sister in law an Ultrasound tech) so there was no shortage of medical personnel ready to give diagnosis. After a short trip to the pharmacy he was on a couple different antibiotics and now feels MUCH better.

He was able to come out for a fun night in town- the 2013 Carnival!!! It was awesome to celebrate in true Mardi Gras style with the locals. What wonderful floats and costumes!

The festivities continue on Sunday night and Tuesday night- we are all looking forward to the party!

Cozumel Day One

7 Feb

DAY ONE:

We arrived yesterday in Cozumel after a long-feeling four hour flight direct from Toronto. Flying at 35,000 ft, we amused ourselves by making puppets out of barf bags, completing three cross words and playing the age-old beauty ’21 Questions’.

The condo we are staying in is stunning and very spacious. Eight Canucks in total made the trip! Upon arrival we were also happy to discover that we were the ONLY people staying in the entire condo… the pool is our own private oasis during the day which is lovely. At the edge of the pool you can walk down the steps into the ocean where colourful coral and fish are abundant.

After a trip into town to buy groceries, we all hit the hay for some much needed rest. Chris and I got up at 5am this morning to watch the sunset in bed (our room backs onto the balcony with one whole wall being glass).

After breakfast, Chris jumped in the ocean to snorkel for an hour. We then walked into town. It took us about 45 minutes to reach San Miguel where the cruise ships were docked and the ‘other’ tourists were unloading. Instead of staying on the main strip in town, we walked West further into town. We are interested in seeing where the locals eat and live.

We found a cool little juice spot and treated ourselves to a chocolate ice cream cone and a large glass of mango juice…. all for the low price of $3! We then wandered down a small back street where we came upon a small nook where we ordered fresh tacos. The lady made the taco from hand and grilled the chicken, beef and potato while we watched. During lunch, and through broken Spanish, we talked with her about the Carnival this weekend. This Saturday the entire island will shut down for the Carnival/Mardi Gras- a celebration proceeding Lent for the Mexican people. Local men and women dress up in colorful outfits and dance in the street with floats and displays. They have already began setting up sparkly decorations in the streets and painting the walls in town. It’s so nice to see the entire community come together to create a special night for one another. We are very excited to experience the celebration!!

After our 3 hour walk, we came back to the condo and went snorkeling for the rest of the afternoon. We are all a little pink, but well fed and enjoying the sunset on the balcony. I look forward to tomorrow when we’ll drive to the other side of the island which is uninhabited. We are also hoping to go spearfishing tomorrow and catch tarantulas at sunset.

Cozumel is such a beautiful island, I feel very lucky to be here with such wonderful people!

January Thaw Argo Adventures

16 Jan

We do this every weekend. This time I decided to snap a couple pictures.

We had wanted to cross the creek but after the huge thaw (temps here went from -9 degrees to +9 degrees in two days with over a foot and a half of snow melting!) the creek was too high and fast to cross safely.

Never Ever Do This At Home (Space Channel Preview)

28 Nov

Chris is demonstrating the flammability of household CoffeeMate for the Space Channel Host.

Chris is working on a new show for the Discovery Channel called ‘Never Ever Do This At Home’ which is scheduled to run in the Spring of 2013.  The Space Channel was on set last week and aired this preview of the show. Chris is the tall handsome guy in the black ball cap and grey shirt wiring at the beginning and setting up the CoffeeMate fireball mid-way through. He’s lead Special FX technician for the series.

You can view the preview here http://watch.spacecast.com/#clip814950

Holguin, Cuba

22 Nov

Our trip to Holguin, Cuba provided lost of adventure! We ate with the locals, made many friends and explored the beautiful countryside. We rented a scooter one day to visit Guardalavaca- it was great! There were lots of little shops and vendors and a beautiful public beach.

I love Cuba and often find myself humbled by the people’s generosity, kindness and happiness. Most people have hardly anything and live in shacks, but their love of life and their spirits are so vibrant. We met a waiter at a resort who invited us to travel to his town and have dinner at his home with his family. It was a wonderful experience-one I will not forget for a long time.

West Coast Trail- Video Diary Day 4 Excerpt

2 Nov

We hiked on average 9 hours daily on the West Coast Trail. Some portions of the trail are fairly difficult to negotiate and take over one hour per km. I remember km 68 and km 69 being extremely difficult- Those two km’s seemed to take half a day!

Here is a short video Chris took during the later half of the trail (we hiked from Bamfield towards Port Renfrew). The forest was much harder going than the beach, but we had missed the tide and were forced to higher ground all day. Enjoy :)

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