Category Archives: Make a Difference

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SIGN UP! Nepal Rebuilding Trips Starting October 2016

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REBUILD TRIP OVERVIEW Your help is needed to rebuild Nepal - give a hug, cook a meal, rebuild a home! Damage sustained by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25 (and subsequent aftershocks) has destroyed more than 100,000 homes and killed more than 8,000 people. Now there are rebuilding expeditions to four different villages, with itineraries ranging from 14-20 days, beginning in October. The villages are those of  affected staff members as well as their neighbors who wouldn't otherwise be able to rebuild their homes including elderly and disabled people. Each structure will be very personal as you'll be working side-by-side...
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48 Hours in Norway’s Fjords

By | Activities, Canoeing, Conservation, Cycling, Destinations, Experiences, Fishing, Hiking, Kayaking, Make a Difference, Northern Europe, Norway, Posts, Preservation, Sustainability | No Comments
Sognefjord in a Nutshell We were excited to wake up to the Bergen sun, and get ready to head to the wharf to board the morning Norled Express Boat, and start our “Sognefjord in a Nutshell” adventure. How do you see 4,000 fjords and 50,000 islands of Norway in 48 hours? We heard this tour showcases some of the "best of Norway" that takes you to see beautiful fjords by boat, continuing with a spectacular train journey on the world famous Flåm Railway, then on the Bergen Railway to Oslo. Carved by glaciers long ago, the Sognefjord is the longest and deepest...
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How to Help Nepal? Give Responsibly

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Many people are asking us how they can support the urgent and immediate needs of the Nepal earthquake disaster.   Pray with action and give responsibly.  Here are 7 non-profits that are in Nepal already offering support, and all check out well with Charity Navigator, an online tool that helps vet the rating of charities. kits, response teams) household supplies & shelter kits) (medical staff and supplies) (already have sent two cargo planes of shelters and medical supplies, more on the way) UN World Food Program – (logistics and emergency response teams already in Kathmandu and more on the way) Maiti Nepal…

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The Best of Turks and Caicos

By | Activities, Caribbean, Cycling, Destinations, Diving, Experiences, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Make a Difference, Posts, Running, Sailing, Snorkeling, Turks and Caicos | No Comments
Where can you find…Mermaids? Pink Flamingos? The 3rd largest barrier reef, and the Best Beach in the World?!  In Turks and Caicos, aka the "TCI", short for Turks & Caicos Islands.  Comprised of 40 islands and cays, TCI is where you'll discover the largest caves in the Caribbean, snorkel the third largest barrier reef in the World, and if you're lucky, you'll meet the resident mermaid "Josie" and dolphin named “JoJo”!     We left a winter storm, took off from JFK's icy runways, and flew south  to sunny TCI to discover the unique natural, historical and cultural wonders of these islands. Humpback whales were migrating off the coast of Middle Caicos, and it was...
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24 Hour Getaway to Four Seasons Vancouver

By | Canada, Conservation, Hotels, Make a Difference, North America, Posts, Relaxation, Sustainability, Top Tens, Vancouver | No Comments

Found another great escape in the Pacific Northwest!  Whether you need a getaway for just you, or with your sweetie or family, read on.  I opted to go solo.  After a long week of meetings and a never ending “To Do” list, I “checked out” of reality for 24 hrs, and “checked in” to the Four Seasons Vancouver. Just a few hours drive north from Seattle, the views were scenic and the approach to Vancouver, B.C. spectacular.  When you see the mountains meeting the sea, you’ve arrived. Within 24 hours, you receive the Four Seasons “pink carpet” treatment.  Here are some of the highlights. Big Smile Welcome!   Doors will…

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Fraser Valley: Love Local, Buy Local

Fraser Valley: Love Local, Buy Local

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There’s a valley in British Columbia where horses roam, farms flourish, and visitors flock to take in the fresh air, country peace and quiet.  Within an hour south of Vancouver, we took a daytrip to Fraser Valley to visit local farm vendors, pick berries, taste artisan cheeses and cured meats, savor homemade preserves, sip fine wines…under a blue canopy sky!  It was heavenly. Since the late 1800’s, families have been settling into Fraser Valley, drawn by its natural beauty and vast fertile lands.   Townships like Abbotsford has 1,282 farms and 3 wineries, and Langley with 1,360 farms and 20+ are…

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Vancouver’s Green Thumb

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Ready for a Green Getaway? We just returned from one of the greenest cities in the world – Vancouver!  Just about everything we saw, ate, and where we stayed was green.  Living green is on everyone’s mind starting with Mayor Gregor Robertson who is leading a citywide green pledge that “Vancouver will be the “greenest city in the world by 2020.”  Canada’s greenest city, Vancouver is leading the way for a model global community. Its leaders and citizens collaborate to find ways for social, economic, and environmental sustainable living.  Vancouver’s green thumb is winning awards, making a difference in communities, and green…

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Tofino’s Culinary Masterpieces

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Tofino is a culinary destination! This town’s boat-to-table food culture thrives here with talented chefs, farmers, fishermen, harvesters, and purveyors. Chef’s creations are inspired by the season’s bounty, and local abundant supply of fresh produce and fish. In fact, every May, there’s a Feast Tofino, a month-long celebration of coastal food featuring resident and regional chefs, special events and exquisite menu features. We met visiting Chef Trevor Bird from Fable during the Themed Week for Shellfish. #feasttofino See our list of dining recommendations below. DINE: 1.  The Pointe Restaurant: Known as one of Vancouver Island’s top dining destinations, The…

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Natural Wonders Await in Tofino

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There are many routes to the “end of the road, where the ocean begins” in Tofino, British Columbia.  Whatever route you take, you’ll be rewarded with the stunning natural beauty surrounding this Canadian gem. Like all great places in the World, this destination justifies the journey. Only 1,800 residents call Tofino home, and over 1 million tourists visit year round. Located on Vancouver Island’s western coast, visitors come to fish, surf, storm watch, beachcomb, hike, kayak, bike, boat, and enjoy the most spectacular scenery and beaches of the Pacific Northwest. Locals claim Tofino is “half the pace, twice the pleasure!” Here’s…

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Lummi Island, a Haven for Nature & Food Lovers

By | Activities, Cycling, Destinations, Experiences, Fishing, Hiking, Kayaking, Make a Difference, North America, Posts, Relaxation, Restaurants, Sustainability, Top Tens, United States, Washington | No Comments

Looking for a great escape in the Pacific Northwest?  Just north of Seattle, and south of Vancouver, Canada, you’ll find one of the San Juan Island’s best kept secrets.  Tranquil Lummi Island has only 800 residents and is home to The Willows Inn, a perfect getaway anytime of year. Reid Johnson, PR Director for The Willows Inn introduced us to this island “Lummi Island is located in the archipelago that includes the San Juan Islands and the Gulf Islands in the Salish Sea, the waters off the coasts of the Pacific Northwest and southwest Canada. This is a place crowded with mountains, volcanoes, rivers,…

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