Gubeikou Gateway

Today was my second favourite trekking day! It started with Chinese pancakes for breakfast and lunch, a nice change from the white Wonder bread sandwiches with processed cheese. The fog lifted a bit and the views along the ancient wall were spectacular, we also had some variety in the scenery. We had a chance to get off the wall […]

Jinshanling Section of the Wall

Not sure if we lucked out with the weather this week or not? We have had manageable temperatures (for that I am grateful) but no sunshine, either.  The view changes from completely socked in a grey fog to some green hills peaking through the mist. At times it feels as though we are in a dream, walking along this […]

Black Dragon Pools

Today we hiked through a national park area, through steep canyons up to the Black Dragon Pools. It was beautiful, lush green contrasting with the grey rock pools and dark water. A splash of colour was also provided by the yellow rubber boats and inflatable toys, however, it did detract from some of the natural beauty.

After checking out the […]

Pit Viper on the Wall

We experienced lots of varied terrain today, everything from gently sloping dirt roads, off the wall bush whacking, crumbling verticals and shear cliffs. I saw a huge brown snake curled up only a few feet from where we were sitting and taking photos on the wall. We have now discovered that this is a most likely a Pit Viper, […]

Ancient Badaling Great Wall

As we were driving out of Beijing towards the wall, the sky turned dark, really dark! It was 10am in the morning and it seriously looked like the middle of the night! We arrived at the gate of the ancient section of the Badaling Great Wall where we were going to start hiking when the sky opened and the […]

Temple of Heaven and Tian’amen Square

A scorpion on the bathmat in Betty Ann’s room on the first morning was a lovely reminder that we weren’t in Canada anymore! We started our day at The Temple of Heaven, Chris explained that the circle shape represents the sky and square for earth, this is also why chop sticks have this shape. He explained the significance of […]

Ni Hao from Beijing

We arrived in Beijing after an 11 hour flight and met up with the rest of our IBD Adventures group from the east coast. Our energetic and animated guide, Chris, met us at the airport and has been a wealth of interesting information about China ever since. To the first time visitor, Beijing seems to be a vast and […]

Hiking the Baden Powell Trail

With only a week to go before heading off to China to trek The Great Wall with IBD Adventures, I figured it was time to get outside, and the hill program on the treadmill wasn’t cutting it anymore! On Sunday morning, Faye, Ali, Stephen, Rosie and I started out from Lynn Headwaters in North Vancouver and headed west. We […]

Body Art and Celebrating One Year Colon-Free

One of my most recent adventures was getting inked at the Vancouver Tattoo and Body Art Convention by Katia @ Rainfire Tattoo. I wanted to share because this work of art has been a a symbol for me along my journey the last couple years. The symbol, known as the Flower of Life (a term coined by Drunvalo Melchizedek) is […]

Sunshine on Vancouver Island

I had a beautiful time on the island last week with family and friend! My week started with sunshine and morning Qi gong with my dad. It was such a gift to experience this energy together and to witness my dad’s excitement about his new found exercise regime. I am truly grateful to be able to share these kinds […]