Let the mountains be my home


"Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity ... " 
(John Muir)

last weekend i escaped my city life for fresh air, unbelievable mountains and the sound of water rushing past. for an entire week I was shipped off to Whister, BC for an event, and was left almost hoping to never return. what more can you ask for in a perfect location really. John Muir had it right, nothing can make you feel healthier and happier than escaping to the wilderness. for me the mountains did just that. I literally felt myself unwind, my muscles relax and i found comfort in my surroundings.  

the event I attended was held at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, which, let's be honest, is a dream hotel and world unto itself. the service is unbelievably impeccable, and the amenities go far above and beyond any other hotel experience. from luxurious sized rooms, friendly staff, restaurants with great food, indoor/outdoor pools and to even free early morning and late evening yoga classes. just once, i recommend you treat yourself to this bucket list experience.

to follow that, if ever you are looking for a fancier outstanding meal out in Whistler, literally head straight to the Rim Rock Cafe. situated in Creekside, this fine dining experience offers by far the best seafood and game meat selections prepared to perfection. I recommend trying the flavoured oysters to start followed by the venison tenderloin ... trust me (i ate them).

broken up into little resort like pockets, Whistler is highly accessible via walking or bike trails, that provide a nice variety for exercise breaks. surrounding some this amazingly lush and rich green environment you will want to be outdoors, so just throw on some SPF and shades, and off you go. if you find yourself in this area and know you have some extra time, head out on one of the many Eco Tours (some include canoeing, skiing or zip-lining), or to the Aboriginal Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centreor plan a trip to Alexander Falls.

one afternoon the weather was perfect and I had a little free time from my event, so I quickly ran over to the Peak to Peak Gondola and headed further up the mountain to take in some killer views.
if heaven is a real place, i think i found it on top of the mountains amoung the clouds.
it's so surreal to me to be in a place where you can be walking in shorts in one minute and in a snow suit skiing around the next.

being a winter lover, i had found my beloved snow and was blissfully loving life that afternoon.

like Muir said, "wilderness is a necessity". i know that now. i surprised myself with how much i loved this place. it's peaceful and perfect to say the least. it is a spot i'll definitely be escaping too when the city gets too much and maybe, just maybe one day ...  i might finally follow that urge to move out into the forest. 

The Shuffle - Spring 2015


plug in those headphones and enjoy!

(for those without Spotify, you will have to download the app to play, 
but trust me, it's worth it.)

How to Take a Sauna like A Finn


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recently my local gym renovated the old locker room sauna and as a proud Finn i couldn't be happier. growing up, my Finnish family taught me and my siblings at a very early age the true art of how to take a good sauna. nothing is better at the end of a long day, or good workout than a hot sauna. no matter your level of stress, or worries, after spending time sweating it out you will undoubtably feel VERY relaxed and refreshed. you will also sleep super well. Finland is the birth place of the dry sauna ritual and i strongly believe it's key towards good health and a long life. so for any takers here are a few key notes on how to sauna like a true Finn.

1. Finn's use the sauna almost daily, and heat wise, it should be anywhere between 80-90 degrees Celsius. if you haven't taken a sauna before, make sure your start with minimal time and work your way up gradually so you don't over do it or get light headed. also, start by sitting on the bottom bench and slowly over time work your way up to the top to enjoy that full heat.

2. create some hot steam by periodically throwing a small cup sized amount of water on those hot sauna rocks to create short blasts of heat. if you find it hard to breath in the hot air, a trick is to place your tongue on the roof of your mouth and breath slowly.
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3.  the hot, then the cold, then repeat method is the best ritual of the sauna by far. the trick here is to enjoy the heat for 8-10 mins allowing your body to sweat and detox. then quickly emerse yourself into cool water like a shower, lake or pool for a few seconds. this might sound unpleasant, but with your body warm from the sauna, the cool water actually feels refreshing and not as cold as you would think. then go back into the sauna and repeat another 3 or 4 times.

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4. taking a sauna helps to promote good circulation in the body, but Finn's often take this to the next level by gathering up birch branches and making a "vihta". you dip it into water and gently brush or swat yourself with the bunch to relax your muscles, open the pores and increase circulation. 

5. finally complete your sauna ritual by following it up with a fresh shower to rinse, clean-up and close the pores.

sauna's are a ritual to be enjoyed by yourself, with friends or with family. if you have access to one i highly suggest you try practicing these techniques if you can to enhance your next sauna experience. i assure you, you won't be disappointed.

The Markham Fair


Hello Markham Fair! i haven't been to this particular local fair, or any fair for that matter, in years, so i made sure to enjoy a full day of animal meeting, fair food eating, live magic shows and concerts, games, rides, cooking lessons, craft shopping and fireworks watching. i love everything about going to the fair and I've decided it will now be a fall season ritual i make sure i practice every year. we happily all pigged out on Tom's donuts, lobster mac & cheese (from one of the best gourmet food trucks), and even a whole bbq turkey leg – because sometimes you just gotta, even if it looks totally barbaric. nothing beats the lights and kid like excitement you feel at a fair.
i even made a little video to share ...

itunes music  //  Circle - Fashion me a drum

just a few more pictures from our day at the fair.
Ain't he just beauttttiful.

nothing will beat fresh lemonade from a lemon shaped stand.
fall windy weather with sunshine and braids.

only the best  lobster mac & cheese for her, and bbq pulled pork for him!

i wasn't kidding about that caveman dinner time turkey leg. 

my favourite ride will always be the ferris wheel. 
you just can't beat the coloured lights and a good view.
the best ending to a perfect fall day.

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