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Saturday, 24 March 2018

my first time kayaking - harrison hot springs

when I was younger my parents put me in swimming classes and I really didn't enjoy them, I dreaded them!

nonetheless, I ended up completing all the levels and could finally swim laps!

but here is the thing, I didn't ever want to go back to the pool.  I didn't like the cholrine and all the other memories that came with it - trying to tread water and remain afloat and just being sooo exchausted, and mostly the fear of drowning.

as a child I love going into the ocean but somewhere I developed a fear of drowning and then a fear of anything that lives in the ocean.

then add motion sickness to the equation , being on water was just not a priority

this meant that through the years, I forgot how to swim. I know it's supposed to be one of those things right? you aren't supposed forget how to swim right? but i did!

Anyways long story short, Prabh convinced me to try out Kayaking. And although I was super terrified, the idea slowly grew on me. And so this past summer, I decided to go for it! We headed out to Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia for a day trip. There we rented Kayaks and went on this adventure.

kayaking at harrison hot springs


It was quite terrifying at first, and my anxiety levels were through the roof (this is the same lake that my cousins once tricked me into going on a banana boat ride, sat me at the back of it, and i was the first one flying off it, into the water).

But soon as I got a hold of it, I quite enjoyed it! It was nice wading in the middle of Harrison Lake, midst the beautiful mountains. There was something peaceful about it. The only thing is that somehow I ended up quite far, the current took me far, and then the currents became really strong, and I did have a good 10-15 mins of fighting the currents and kayaking against them to try get as close to the shore as possible.

kayaking at harrison hot springs


So lesson learned - although it was an enjoyable activity, it would be more enjoyable if I knew how to swim. I got lucky, as the Kayak didn't flip over and I made it to shore, but it was quite a frightening moment for me, even with a life jacket on.



kayaking at harrison hot springs



If I EVER go again, I would most likely choose calmer waters, and really try to stick close to shore. But I'm so glad that I did partake in this adventure! Right before Kayaking we hit up our favourite burger joint at Harrison, which is a tradition.
harrison hot springs


We have been coming to Harrison since we were kids. My mom's company used to take us out every year. After our Kayaking adventure we headed for some dinner and strolled down to the hot springs.


harrison hot springs harrison hot springs

and I'm always so grateful for living in Beautiful British Columbia!

related reading:  Hiking Joffre Lake


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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

the perfect geox chelsea boots

5 years ago I had bought these Chelsea boots that I absolutely loved and then after only a few months of wearing them the heel on the right show broke off and I plunged into a Chelsea-boot-less life. Since then I have attempted and failed at finding the perfect pair of Chelsea boots. What makes it so hard to find the right one is the cut. Too high, too low your calves look stubby or just straight up weird. So I tried and tried until I finally tried on this geox pair.




*shoes c/o geox



My initial thought without trying them one was: hmmm these are beautiful and practical…but they’re point-y…I never wear point-y shoes. My friend Tia urged me to try them on as she is a big supporter of point-y shoes. So I did and to my surprise I fell in love with them right away. If you must know, I used to feel point-y shoes made me feel as though I had clown feet but these shoes were different. I couldn’t have bought them at the perfect time. As many of you know I moved to Toronto recently and as any West Coast Vancouverite knows we just don’t know winter as the East does since we don’t get nearly as cold or as much snow as they do here. So I needed a good pair of shoes for the fall which was both practical and fashionable. And this pair checks both boxes. Not only are they waterproof, they have this super grip-y sole.






I usually have a very difficult time breaking in any pair of shoes because I have sensitive feet and almost always end up getting blisters. But I wore these shoes on my first real Toronto autumn excursion to casa loma and the surrounding area. I walked for hours and the shoes were light, provided excellent support and kept me warm.



shoes c/o geox

DRESS: TOPSHOP - similarsimilar
TOP: Brandi Melville - similarsimilar , similar
CALVIN KLEIN BRA: Calvin Klien , similarsimilar 
floral socks: similarsimilar

CHELSEA BOOTS:  GEOX , similar,


*note: We teamed up with Geox for this blog post.  We received these pair of shoes care of Geox. .  We were not paid for this blog post and all opinions expressed are our own. This post does contain some affiliate links. We thank you for supporting footnotes and finds by supporting the brands we affiliate with or partner with. 


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