The difficult, almost vertical hike to the observation deck on the mountaintop was taking its toll on my knees. My heart was beating so hard that I thought it would just burst out of my chest. Every step was demanding more oxygen. My son kept on urging me to move and at the same time … Continue reading Parc national du Mont Tremblant in Quebec – ‘A walk in the woods’ and ‘free solo’ for well over ‘127 hours’.
An Unusual national conservation area It got very cold on the upper deck in late May and all four of us relocated to the main deck of the glass-bottom ship. The water was so clear that we could see it as if they were lying in the open. It was not only us on the … Continue reading A cruise and hike through Fathom Five National Marine Park, Ontario, Canada
My family did what can be termed as 180 degrees tourism at Toronto Zoo, Markham, Ontario. We watched attractions other than the main attractions, which, of course, it being a zoo, were animals. It was a magnificent display of flowers and of floral designs. Please press on icons to enjoy the larger image. All photography … Continue reading 180 degree tourism at Toronto Zoo
It was a second instance where I was observing a big group of international tourists visiting historical and archaeological sites. No it was not Canada, USA, any European country, or a developed Asian country like Malaysia. This was at a historic Market in Pakistan, a country that was written off the tourism map due to … Continue reading A trip to Karachi, Pakistan for its historical, architectural, and cultural heritage
This article was written for the Explore magazine's Live the Adventure Club according to their winter challenge of 2020-21. I was able to win runners up prize in the contest. As a member of the Club, keeping the limitations imposed by the COVID-19 protocols and regional lockdown, I did lot of hiking with my buddy … Continue reading Live the adventure – Winter 2020-21 Challenge
As K2 and I share our adventures in an urban ravine system to observe landscapes, plants, and wildlife, we notice that careless visitors can create havoc with our scarce natural heritage in urban areas, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As we hit the trail early in the morning and saw the mountain clad in the mist arising from the River below, we all stopped to admire the breathtaking scene. Due to shortage of time, we had to move on. As the youngest member of family, 4-1/2 years old Zakaria, started to spend his energy … Continue reading Parc national du Fjord-du-Saguenay – where the wild things are
It was first week of September and felt close to zero degree centigrade. However, we, a family of five (K2, our Hungarian Kuvasz was left back in the RV) were alerted to the cold ahead of time and were adequately covered up in layers. I thought the cruise ship we were aboard was sailing in … Continue reading Saguenay – St. Lawrence Marine Park, Quebec – whales and dolphins and seals, oh my!
It was raining cats and dogs, nay - bison, elk, and moose, when we, a family of 5 humans, and our dog K2, a Hungarian Kuvasz, reached Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie. For a second, we thought of first checking into our RV campsite, but then the daredevil among us made us drive all the way to … Continue reading ‘The River Wild’ of Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie, Quebec
Blazing the trail: My family was hiking from our RV campsite after entering the Park from at Saint-Jean-de-Piles entrance. We crossed a lonely beach of Lac Etienne. Because of the rainy weather and the COVID-19 situation, we were the only people on the beach. We continued on a lonely trail with bush and wildflowers all around. We … Continue reading Summer of 2020 in pictures – venturing out to Quebec after watching ‘Outbreak’ and ‘Contagion’