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Hiking the Wonderland Trail

April 22nd, 2009  |  by  |  published in Hot off the press

A peak experience on Mount Rainier One hundred feet above the chasm, the Tahoma Creek suspension bridge hung, narrow, 250 feet across, and swaying. No good telling me that it was perfectly safe and had recently been improved. I love hiking but I have a raging and irrational fear of heights. This, then, was my […]

Someone’s Coming

April 22nd, 2009  |  by  |  published in Hot off the press

Beautiful BC Traveller Magazine           text by Cherie Thiessen Top ten skinny-dipping holes of B.C. I dive for cover behind some rocks. My mother, a dignified 75, smiles serenely at the startled couple who have just arrived and are cowering behind their picnic hamper, and invites them in for a dip. Not used to seeing […]

10 Places to see Spectacular Sunsets

April 22nd, 2009  |  by  |  published in Hot off the press

Pacific Yachting           text and photography by Cherie Thiessen Sunset watching in paradise Anywhere the promise of a beautiful sunset presents itself there is a hush over the land and sea, people momentarily pause and life stills. Sunsets are works of art. While you cannot create the art, you can select the frame. Last summer […]

Going in Circles

April 22nd, 2009  |  by  |  published in Hot off the press

Marco Polo Magazine           text and photography by Cherie Thiessen Canal boating in Great Britain There is no way in the world that Red Duke is going to get through that gap under the bridge. Oh dear. "Can you see the boat coming toward you?" My husband David, is trying to be casual but not […]

Kingfisher Spa

April 22nd, 2009  |  by  |  published in Hot off the press

Western Living           text and photography by Cherie Thiessen       Hot rocks Take some smooth sea stones from the beach and put them in the magic, reverential hands of a trained therapist. Now add just the right amount of heat to stir up some sighs, mix in sounds of the sea and the tumbling pebbles […]

Two Souls Departing

April 22nd, 2009  |  by  |  published in Hot off the press

Traveler Magazine           text and photography by Cherie Thiessen Cycling New Zealand’s North Island Maori legend has it that at the site of the famous pohutukawa tree located at Cape Reinga, Maori spirits depart on their journey to their final resting place. A weathered white lighthouse also marks this northernmost point of New Zealand where […]

The Hope Bay Phoenix

April 22nd, 2009  |  by  |  published in Hot off the press

– Aqua Magazine           text by Cherie Thiessen, photography by Kevin Oke In the early hours of February 23, 1998, many North Pender Island residents awoke to sirens. Those who lived near Hope Bay and looked out at the rosy glow tinting the night had further cause for alarm. The historic Hope Bay store was […]

Celebrating the Light

April 22nd, 2009  |  by  |  published in Hot off the press

The Pender Islands’ Lantern Festival – Westworld, Daytripper   At a quarter to five at the end of December, the light is fast disappearing at North Pender Island’s small community park on Magic Lake. Children and adults are gathering along the road and the shore while Pender Islands’ own RCMP vehicle tries valiantly to stop […]

The Sun Also Rises

April 22nd, 2009  |  by  |  published in Hot off the press

Westworld – Postcards           text and photography by Cherie Thiessen Love in the land of the rising sun "Irasshaimase", a discrete velvety voice greets us from somewhere above the crystal chandelier as soon as the glass doors have automatically opened, allowing us to skulk into the spacious, gleaming lobby. There is, however, no-one in sight. […]