Jo, Outdoors, USA, Work

The time I was forced to go on vacation

2 Jun , 2016  

So it was Sunday night and I was supposed to be off in two days and we had booked nothing with no idea what to do. “Am I going to end up wasting my precious vacation?” I dry sobbed. We live in a strange time.  Digital technology has enabled us to shrink the world, and at the […]

Adventures, Canada, Jo, Outdoors

The time we went to the Devil’s Punchbowl

4 Apr , 2016  

Every step sucked at my feet, trying to swallow me.  A moist smacking sound followed each step. A wet squelch would come when I managed to pull my rubber boot free each time. It was me versus the mud and I was determined not to lose. E and I were on an outdoor mission after hibernating […]

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Adventures, Canada, Jo, Roadtrip

The time travel meant more than going somewhere

14 Aug , 2015  

E was driving again.  I stared out the window as the scenery whizzed by and rain spattered the windows. So many abandoned houses begging to be explored. Random photo opportunities peppered the rolling hills. Dirt roads wound their way up hidden driveways, full of mystery and intrigue. But this wasn’t the trip for it. My mom […]

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Adventures, Destinations, Jo, N. America, San Francisco, Urban, USA

The time we visited the Sutro Baths in San Francisco

10 Jul , 2015  

We had left the traffic chaos that is downtown San Francisco, and were driving by neat rows of houses on the way to the northwest side of the city.  We were taking a step back in time to see how the filthy rich lived more than century ago.  We were going to the luxurious Sutro Baths. […]

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Florida, Guests, Urban

The time we got drunk at Disney World

7 Jul , 2015  

It’s practically a given that all of us, at one time or another, have uttered the five words: “Let’s go to Disney World!”  When we’re kids certainly this is a no-brainer, however as we get older we start to assume more and more that there’s nothing entertaining for our older selves there.  As one of […]

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Adventures, Jo, Outdoors, San Francisco

The time we chased fog on Mount Tamalpais

30 Jun , 2015   Gallery

We’d been winding our way up the side of a slick, misty mountain, enveloped by a nice thick layer of mist that we weren’t sure we were ever going to get out of.  It was gloomy.  Rain peppered the windshield in spurts. And then, just as we were losing hope, we broke through the mist, […]

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Adventures, Jo, Roadtrip, USA

The time I explored an abandoned oil refinery in California

22 Jun , 2015  

I am naturally an introverted person.  I chicken out of situations beyond my comfort zone, or ones that require me to break rules, or ones that make me the centre of attention. My first instinct is usually to run. This doesn’t go well with my streak of wanting to explore abandoned places. They’re usually boarded […]

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Canada, Jo, Travel tips

The time I hunted for a wheelchair-friendly room in Canada

5 Jun , 2015  

Dear Jo.  We have no rooms for you #SorryNotSorry. I have so many of these replies sitting in my inbox.  Canned responses from hotels, motels, inns and b&bs across the eastern provinces of Canada. Empty and soulless emails sending rejection after rejection.  All I’m trying to do is book accommodations for tourist-happy eastern Canada. And […]

Adventures, Hawaii, Jo, N. America, Outdoors, Roadtrip, USA

The time I explored a chain of volcano craters

23 May , 2015  

There’s something alien and otherworldly about the way the earth looks on Hawaii Island’s Volcanoes National Park.  In some places, you’re surrounded by lush greenery. The ground is so hot that it’s literally steaming. In others places, black gravel cuts through swaths of land, leaving barren nothingness in its wake and trees stripped of bark. Gigantic […]

Adventures, Guests, Outdoors, Seattle, Urban

The Time I Went to an Abandoned Cooling Tower

12 May , 2015  

This was the typical conversation that I had with my friends and co-workers: “So what are your plans in Seattle?” “Well, I’m going to visit my friend who’s moving and help him pack. Probably hit up a lot of the coffee joints, and um (pause), go to this abandoned nuclear cooling tower.” Yup.

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