Travel

See Ruby Run | Our Nova Scotia Vacation

Last week I finally got to take a little vacation with my fiancée, Wendy, and our dog, Ruby. Since getting Ruby 5 years ago, we hadn’t all gone away together yet. So we were well overdue for a little trip and some relaxation.

I used Airbnb for the first time and scoured the maritimes for options that were dog friendly, outside of a city, a single home/cottage unit, and ideally next to water. Ruby is dog reactive, so we did everything we could to ensure that this trip would be relaxing and fun for ALL of us by avoiding any potential dogs nearby.

And we succeeded!

We found an adorable cottage that met all of our criteria and we spent a few peaceful days together without the stress from our regular life stuff. It was just lovely.

We also had access to this private beach, and Ruby LOVES doing zoomies in the sand and splashing in the water. She was having an amazing time. I brought my camera with us to the beach several times and Ruby stayed on her 30-foot long line (from Get Dirty Collars and Leashes) for safety. She felt like she had plenty of freedom, and I didn’t have to run nearly as fast as she did in order for her to fully enjoy her beach time.

So I hope you love these photos of my sweet girl having a blast and being a fool on a beach near the Bay of Fundy! (I didn’t bother removing the leash for the final images; these photos reflect real life and our trip, and I’m happy with that)

I just remembered that Airbnb has a referral option! If you’ve been thinking about going away and trying Airbnb for the first time, you can use this link to save money on your booking. Where would you love to visit?

I Went to Hawaii and It Was the Best Ever

In May I went on a trip with my family to Hawaii. That was the farthest I'd ever flown before! It took me 3 flights to get there: Halifafx to Toronto, Toronto to Vancouver, and Vancouver to Honolulu. I was in transit for about 24 hours in total, but it was SO worth it - Hawaii was my reward at the end of that long journey!

We spent our first week on the island of O'ahu and stayed in Honolulu and then Punalu'u. Then we "island hopped" over to the island of Kauai and stayed in Kapa'a. Both islands were so gorgeous and each place we stayed was so different from the one before. But everything was sunny and green and lucious... just incredibly beautiful.

One of my all-time favourite movies is Lilo & Stitch, and it felt like I was right in the movie! Everyone said "aloha" and "mahalo" and we started saying it, too, because it felt so natural after a while. We drove up Waimea Canyon and stopped at so many look-offs, we went on a 5-hour boat tour to see the Na Pali Coast and snorkeled there as well (we saw turtles!), my siblings and I took a surfing lesson one morning, we went zip lining down a mountain, we climbed Diamond Head, we visited the Pearl Harbour museum, I saw the sunrise almost every morning (thanks to the 7-hour time difference), we visited Sea Life Park, we spent a whole day at the Polynesian Cultural Center, we enjoyed a Luau, we visited the Dole pineapple plantation, and we swam at the base of a waterfall.

Oh man, it was just the best. Have I said that yet? I still can't believe I got to experience all that. And now I need to go back :)

Here are some photos from the trip!

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Where is the best place you've ever visited?