Welcome to Franklandish
This is my website of outdoor adventures and activities. This site has recently been redesigned - you can expect changes as I populate my previous adventures and add new ones too.
This is the place where I can share my love of the nature that I am fortunate enough to experience. I live in Canada - and there is no shortage of amazing places to visit! The biggest challenge is finding and making time to enjoy the wonders we have right out of our front doors.
My interests are across the map (figuratively and literally). From hiking to biking to photography - I think the outdoors are incredible and like to chronicle my experiences.
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Current Activities: - my plans for 2017
This summer (2017), I have booked the West Coast Trail on Vancouver island and will be out there in July for 5 nights and 6 days to accomplish this hike
This Summer I am also booked for a site at Berg Lake in the BC Rockies (close to Jasper) - an amazing site for sure.
To help track my trips, I'm working on improving my photographic skills as well. This means I'm looking at opportunities for some great day hikes and quick over-night camps. There is a book on day trips from Calgary that I hope to use as a guidebook to find nearby fun with the family.
Road Ahead: my plans for 2018 and beyond
It would be challenging to state any really concrete plans too far in advance, but I have one objective that is pretty clear - to hike the entire West/North Coast of Vancouver Island.
This is my old home and still feels like home when I visit. I've lived all over Vancouver Island - from the very top to the very bottom, from the very east to the very west. My plan has been to hike:
South - Juan de Fuca (done 2016)
Middle/South - West Coast Trail (booked for July 2017)
Middle/North - Nootka island - Yuquot which is VERY significant
North Island - The North Island Trail
Other than those objectives, I have a massive amount of world-class hiking in my current back yard - the Canadian Rockies. There is (and have been) people that have hiked their entire lives and only seen a fraction of what is available.
Fortunately for me, I've lived in Banff and am at the edge of Calgary where I can return to the area in very short order. Of course, I can also go north and south to some amazing parks.
These are all over the website. Sadly, I didn't always do a great job of tracking and photographing my trips. This is why this website exists. So I can keep my own journal, share with family and friends - and, if you are a compete stranger - you too are welcome.
What I hope happens is that it motivates me to do more and for others to join in.
In hindsight, I "might" have levelled out the tent a bit more. It wasn't bad, but flat is better :)
Tent: Hilleberg Jannu
The Great Outdoors
Thanks for visiting my website!
I hope you enjoy seeing some of my adventures, find some ideas for your own, and enjoy the scenery.
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