Five days in Assiniboine Provincial Park

Assiniboine Provincial Park is simply fantastic! Nowhere in The Rockies have we found a place with such great variety in dayhiking – it just requires a tough backpack into the campsite at Magog Lake and then you have ridges, peaks, passes, and lakes to explore. There is also afternoon tea at the lodge.

Rockies: Paradise Valley and Parker Ridge dayhikes

We took advantage of the early snowmelt this year to head into Paradise Valley and up and over Sentinel Pass before Canada Day. Hiking here so early also means that you don’t have to worry about grizzly bears – later in the year there are hiking restrictions and your need to hike in a minimum group size. We also did an easy dayhike the following day – climbing Parker Ridge near to the Columbia Icefield – fantastic views of the Saskatchewan Glacier.

Cuba – The Far East Orient Tour

A few days before we were due to leave for our second bike touring trip to Cuba, simultaneous new conferences from Raul Castro and Barack Obama announced a warming of relations between Cuba and the US. About time! We left with the feeling that the last chance to see the “old Cuba” is now.