Torres del Paine

“I climbed a path and from the top looked up-stream towards Chile. I could see the river, glinting and sliding through the bone-white cliffs with strips of emerald cultivation either side. Away from the cliffs was the desert. There was no sound but the wind, whirring through thorns and whistling through dead grass, and no other sign of life but a hawk, and a black beetle easing over white stones.”
― Bruce Chatwin, In Patagonia


“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”

-John Muir


“He who does not know the Chilean forests, does not know the planet.”

– Pablo Neruda


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“The wind chased me everywhere I went in Patagonia. It clogged my sinuses and sent the Jeep slithering across the gravel roads as though on ice. Birds flew backward. Trees grew horizontally. The wind was a living thing. It could be violent, punching holes in glass windows or sending spirals of dust rising above the flat, dry steppe like miniature tornadoes.”

– From “Land of the Living Wind” , by Simon Worral


Balmaceda Glacier

We reached the great face of Balmaceda’s hanging glacier, and docked at Bernardo O’Higgins National Park – at 13,614 square miles, some 18 times larger than neighbouring Torres del Paine National Park.


Serrano Glacier


Magellanic Penguins



“Felix believed that the answer to every problem involved penguins; but it wasn’t fair to birds, and I was getting tired of teleporting them back home. Somewhere in Antarctica, a whole flock of Magellanic penguins were undergoing psychotherapy.”
― Rick Riordan, The Throne of Fire



Cordillera Paine


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“Nature is man’s teacher. She unfolds her treasures to his search, unseals his eye, illumes his mind, and purifies his heart; an influence breathes from all the sights and sounds of her existence.”

-Alfred Bernhard Nobel






Alta, Utah

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“In the presence of eternity, the mountains are as transient as the clouds.”

– Robert Green Ingersoll

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“It’s hard to give tips to skiers if I don’t know how they ski, but I think the most important thing in skiing is you have to be having fun. If you’re having fun, then everything else will come easy to you.”

– Lindsey Vonn

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“You walk in to Alta, and it’s just homey. There is no pretension. No judgment. There is a vibe that everyone wants to be there.”

– Walt Brown

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“Alta is what skiing is supposed to be like. It is supposed to be family, affordable, a joy.”

– Walt Brown

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Road Trip 2018 – Part 1


So, I basically decided to take a leave of absence from work for an indefinite period of time. Most people call it retirement. In order to appear conventional, I kind of went along with that definition. Ok. I’m retiring. Whatever that means. For me, it’s just an extended vacation without a particular schedule or expiration date.

To get the ball rolling, I just took off on a ski bum vacation. My wife and I hit the road, and took the long way around to Utah, via the Trans Canada Highway from Toronto. We took our time, along the way,  getting off the road before dark each day (after all, I’m not in a rush), stopping along the route in Sault Ste Marie, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Regina, and Calgary.

We relaxed for a few days in Calgary (visiting with our son who currently lives there), before heading south and crossing the US border at Montana. We stopped in Whitefish, Montana for a couple of nights (a great little ski town with a lot of charm), relaxed, and then hit the road again for Utah, where we’ll be staying for a week. I’ll be skiing Alta and Snowbird.

Here are a few “snapshots” from the road so far.

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Alaska – America’s Final Frontier

ALASKA – The Way of Nature

“Driving in the last frontier can be quite a doozy. The stunning landscapes make it hard to concentrate while the random junk on the side of the road keeps that whole “wild Alaska” thing in crystal-clear perspective. From crazy tourists, abundant wildlife, odd hauls, extreme hazards and harsh winter weather conditions – driving in the great 49th state is filled with “OMG” moments that will genuinely make your jaw drop and make you shake your head in disbelief. Check out these 25 undeniable thoughts that everyone has had while driving in Alaska”:

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“Historically, Alaska is a place that has attracted those fed up with conventionality.”

-Bill O’Reilly

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“This was one of the places people told me to go, it was one the big trips that you should see: Alaska.”

-Jeff Goldblum

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“For sheer majestic geography and sublime scale, nothing beats Alaska and the Yukon”

-Sam Abell

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“To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world.”

-John Muir

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“Nature is man’s teacher. She unfolds her treasures to his search, unseals his eye, illumes his mind, and purifies his heart; an influence breathes from all the sights and sounds of her existence.”

-Alfred Bernhard Nobel

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“I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.”

-Henry David Thoreau

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“Motorcycling in the lower 48 states seems relatively easy in comparison to riding to Alaska. I always knew…

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