Where In The World?
Tofino, it has everything! Wind, sun, rain, fog, waves, and a few other things along the way. On a recent Island trip which involved 6 ferries, some driving, walking and beaching I took a few photos. This is what they looked like.
A Mexican marriage, a week on the beach, and a day of fishing
Off to Mexico for a wedding. The Mayan Riviera to be more specific. This trip was not really a photo mission but a week on the beach has a few opportunities along the way.
The wedding took place on the beach and was beautiful. The dancing started shortly after that point in time. All in all it was a great trip and the lovely couple could not have been happier.
On another note we escaped from the resort for a day to go on a fishing and snorkeling trip. On a private charter we ventured down the coast trolling for whatever may have been hungry. After 4 hours of rather rough sees we returned with a Barracuda as our prize. It was cooked up on the beach where we reaped the benefits of our labours.
It is time for a vacation. This time around we took off to the island of Kauai in Hawaii. Something a little different this time around to take advantage of the amazing Canadian dollar… I think that is how it works????
Anywho, an extra little bit of excitement on the trip. Kelly and I got engaged at the base of a waterfall. That was pretty exciting.
… sorry for the brevity.
First impressions of a new camera and a weekend adventure
100 Mile House is not where I have typically considered going for a summer mini-vacation but that is where I was for a long weekend recently. Just east of 100 Mile is Sulpherous Lake where I stayed ina cabin for two nights enjoying the sun, the lake and some great company. In addition to the relaxing factor, the trip was also a chance to test out a recent purchase, the RX100 M3. While the M4 has now been released the main points of difference (besides the stacked sensor) come to the benefit of video performance so with stills in mind and the vision of a lighter camera I dove into the point-and-shoot market.
In a nutshell the camera can be viewed as one of two things. An amazing point and shoot, or a pretty significant sacrifice from an SLR. It is easy to slip into the latter point but the size and portability is something that can not be overlooked. The RX100 fits in your pocket, shoots 10fps and has the biggest sensor available for a camera of its size. It also has an impressive 24-70mm f1.8-2.8 lens. Overall the camera packs a serious punch.
On the downsides, a 70mm lens is not all that long, white balance seems to be a struggle for the camera and the lens maxes out at f11. A build in ND filter helps this last point but it could be better. Lastly, the controls are not the most intuitive and the buttons are rather small. It is not a speed demon when it comes to setting up a shot.
Really I can rave or complain all day long but here are a few photos from the Sony RX100 III. You can be the judge for yourself.
The noise performance and fast (f1.8) lens did better than expected for night photography. The star definition is similar to what you may expect from a basic SLR and a kit lens.
Squamish BC is home to a unique tourist Gem. Climbing from sea level to the peak next to the iconic Chief rock is the Sea To Sky Gondola. Not only is this the best place to take in the Howe Sound view but it is also a great place to hike and enjoy a cold beer with lunch. At the top of the gondola is a coffee shop, gift shop, cafeteria style restaraunt and a bar which serves local, Howe Sound Brewery beer.
If you have never experienced the Sea To Sky Gondola it is worth the trip. Pack your hiking boots as you will want to spend some time exploring. When you are finished hiking you can sit back and enjoy the spectacular view with a pint in hand.
The most recent adventure takes us to Spain And Portugal where over the course of two weeks we ventured around the two countries travelling a whopping 3980km by car and seeing a whole lot along the way. From castles and churches to beaches and bridges we were there and the photo to prove it.
Have a look at these shots and start planning your next trip!
Garibaldi Lake is a glacially fed destination to the southeast of Whistler BC. This is a hiking destination which may be a bit of an effort but is also 100% worth the effort. Taking at least 4 hours or so at a reasonable hiking pace this 20km or so hike takes you through a typical BC forest into sub-alpine terrain. Walking through wildflower meadows beneath the well known landmark Black Tusk this is not only extremely beautiful but also gives great context to the alpine peaks surrounding Whistler.
If you have never considered this hike and call the area home this should definitely be on the hit list. Starting off between Squamish and Whistler a short gravel road drive will take you to the trail head before a well marked trail escorts you to the top. On a summer weekend there will undoubtedly be traffic along the way but the beauty of the lake, wildlife and scenery is like nothing else. Do yourself a favour and make this BC adventure a priority!
The Okanagan is really very close to Vancouver. What may seem like eons away is really only a few hours drive from the bustle of the city. This past weekend we made the four hour drive east to Oliver BC for a weekend of Wining and Dining. On tour of the top wineries BC’s Okanagan has to offer here is a visual run-down of what the weekend entailed. The wineries in question span between Oliver and Osoyoos where dozens of vineyards are each taking part in the wine boom.
Recently, Kelly and I made our annual fall vacation and this year we chose Belize as our destination. Having traveled to a few countries in the area (Mexico, Dominican and Costa Rica) it was exciting to see something that was geographically close yet environmentally quite different. Belize for the most part is actually situated below sea level. This fact has led to a very unique landscape that is very flat, very wet and quite beautiful.
For the sake of our vacation we chose a small hotel/resort called the X’Tan Ha. This is a quaint, secluded and absolutely beautiful spot about 7 miles north of San Pedro on the Ambergris Caye. Accessible only by boat this secluded gem offered a week of rest and relaxation away from it all. While seclusion was definitely an aspect of desire town and amenities were also quite close and easily capitalized on.
These photos are mostly from in and around the X’Tan Ha but we did actually go outside and explore. You will just have to take my word for it though…
More Photos are hosted on Flickr
This year (as with a few other years) following the Interbike trade show in Las Vegas Nevada a small group of Norco staffords took to the East instead of the North in search of higher ground. The destination was Moab Utah for a week of riding and unwinding after a busy event season over the summer. For 8 days this group of cyclists (me included) rode the best that Moab had to offer including the Whole Enchilada (twice), Captain Ahab, Hidden Valley, Portal, Poisen Spider, Pritchet Arch and more. An Amazing week of riding in a worldwide cycling destination.
This trip was more about riding that photos but I did still lug the ol’ camera with me on most of the rides. Here you can reap the rewards of my unfortunately heavy labours.