Croatia gon’ kill ya

Marielle-mountain top.jpgI spy with my little eye…something that is green!

Bonne chance playing that game in Croatia- that place is green from head to toe. I loved all the outdoor activities and the scenery it offered. Next time I’m for sure packing a tent and going off the grid.

Plitvice National Park sure gives Lake Louise in Canada a run for it’s money. (see photos below) As we embarked on a 9km walk around the lakes, we tried to take in all the beauty around us. Though the dodging of selfie sticks and slow walkers gave our eyes a rolling workout, we focused our way into being “one with nature”.

And boy did we get “one with nature” the next day!!!!

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Plitvice lakes reflection

So, it’s story time.

The hostel we were staying at offered hikes; one hike was about 9km, and the other a whopping 20km (which we chose). Now were talking 20km in Croatia…did we really know what we were getting ourselves into?

Ariane was reluctant to join but threw herself in with an optimistic smile. Six of us brave travelers from the hostel set out for this hike- scorching sun and all.

Ready.Set.Go.

Our pace was steady, our breaths were heavy and our sweat came easy.

45 minutes in and Ariane miiiiiiiight be wondering what in the world she is doing there. I begin to worry, but with perseverance we continue.

Flash forward to 3 hours. We make it to the top of this monster, what was formerly a Yugoslavian military base. Bosnia on one side, Croatia on the other.

A well deserved lunch break is taken with o so typical mountain shots.

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Am I doing it right? #yoga #yogi #onewithnature #fresh #sarcasm

Our descent was met with shaky legs and a deep desire to simply stop and accept one’s fate. (*cough* Ariane)

As the last 4km were creeping up, the sun rays pushed the clouds away in a “A HA!” fashion and came streaming down on our glossy skin. Our hands and knees met the ground when our feet stepped on wobbly rocks- Ariane says she didn’t feel pain when falling, her legs were already long gone.

And just like that, our 8 hour hike was over. We rejoiced in our accomplishment- wait- Ariane what are you doing with your legs? *She was standing when all of a sudden her legs just gave out and she almost fell* (We both roared with laughter at this situation, and still do).

What a day to be (barely) alive! I’ll remember that day for a long time.

^FYI: Ariane’s consent was given to tell this story- as is.

ZADAR————

A few pictures from our time in Zadar. We loved it there!

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Croatia, we really liked you and everyone who made our time there so great!

-Marielle

 

Hiking mountains in Alberta

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Eight years ago my sister, father and I were driving through the Canadian Rockies, admiring the beautiful snowy peaks and the luscious forests. It’s something I’ve never forgotten.

This past long- weekend, Ariane and I relived part of that trip as we headed South from Edmonton and met up with our friend Nick.

We debated camping, but with the crummy weather anticipated and the fear of bears (mostly my fear), we decided to stay at Nick’s place for the weekend. I think we made the right decision considering the cold and rain that came crashing down.

On Saturday, we hiked the Grassy Lakes trail in Canmore that had me thinking we were in New Zealand. The water was so so blue and the view on top of the mountain was amazing.

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We must’ve been craving more of the same scenery because we made a spur of the moment decision to head to Lake Louise. It did not disappoint.

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If you know me, you know I’m a sucker for hot tubs. It only seemed logical to go to the hotsprings in Banff to relax and warm up.

The other 150 other people who thought of doing the same thing made it less enjoyable and relaxing, but all in all still great.

Downtown Banff is so beautiful. Everything about it screams mountain village and a great time. No wonder so many tourists go!

The next few days were spent in Calgary where we got to spend time with friends.

I’ve had such an amazing time out West; it’s been hard not going online and changing my flight date.

ALSO! Check out these old photos of Ariane and I in Lake Louise. We were laughing all weekend thinking about how cool we thought our outfits were that day…haha!

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Until next time Alberta!

-Marielle

Hiking winter away

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It’s a beautiful day in the neighbourhood!

The birds are chirping, the water is flowing and the sun is shining. Every step of our hike would be met with sigh a relief because spring has finally sprung.

I went for a hike with my mom and some of her friends to a nearby ridge. I’ve been going there for years with my family, whether it be for snowshoeing, hiking, skating and even winter camping.

The dogs looooooooooved today. So much fun watching them run around and play in the water together. And it was nice to see Rembrandt (brown lab) again; he was Russell’s best friend!

More pictures below

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elsa and I

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mom and friends

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elsa in water

Spring is here.

-Marielle