white-crowned sparrow

Happy?!

What is happiness? Is being happy a stand-alone goal? A by-product of crafting a purposeful life with a strong social network? An impossible dream? This Photo Blogging Challenge post dives into some of the habits and practices I use to tune into happiness.

debris on surface of Barrier Lake

Kayaking Barrier Lake

Prevailing wind patterns along the Kananaskis Valley mean Barrier Lake is usually windy with rolling waves and whitecaps. Layer on the fact that it's usually very busy and Barrier Lake was NOT on our list for our first season of kayaking adventures. But as a Plan B option on a cool and rainy day, it worked well.

kayak and Mount Rundle

Kayaking Vermilion Lakes

When water levels are high enough, the first and second Vermilion Lakes are connected by a channel that parallels Vermilion Lakes Road. Together, the two lakes create about a 10 km paddling loop, with lots of opportunities for bird spotting/photography, surrounded by beautiful mountains.

Do It Yourself (or DIY)

There's a sense of accomplishment and self-esteem that comes from doing it yourself! And sometimes, after doing something yourself for the first time, you realize you're better off paying someone else to do it for you going forward. Competency isn't just about learning/knowing how to do things. It's about knowing the value of your time and the value you get back from expending your time.