Hi, I’m Desiree. I hope to travel all around the world with my husband, family, friends, fellow travelers out there, and even with our future kids. To live a life of no regrets.
My travel blogs are composed to not only give you a matter-of-factually account of events, but also aim to motivate and inspire you to break out of the 9-to-5 lifestyle every once and a while. It's time to do something adventurous and a little bit crazy!
I have adapted to the travel name "Kickapoo" because of my cultural adventures. Like the name “Kickapoo” suggests, I stand here and there.
February 20th 2014
Gatineau Park boasts snowy trails, pristine pistes, abundant sunshine and an impressive winter sports season between November and April. It certainly lived up to its reputation on our first day, as we parked the car, strapped on our snowshoes, and simply clambered over two feet of snow at the side of the road onto deep, undisturbed snow on route 60. Terry and I had joined a group of outdoor enthusiasts for a walk on the wild side, in (free) provided snowshoes, as part of the Winterlude Festivities. Our English-speaking guide gave our group a 15-minute presentation on the ecology of winter, how to look for wildlife and their signs, and gain insights into how the animals in the park cope with cold temperatures and deep snow. The first point of interest was a tree pecked out ... read more
February 5th 2014
Well I can’t believe we are already in the month of February. December only lasted around thirty seconds and I’m pretty sure we just skipped over January… Maybe it’s the blizzard-ridden icy grips of the Canadian Sub-Arctic that has put everyone in hibernation, but the capital of Canada is fighting off these wintery blues with a vengeance. Winterlude in Ottawa has finally arrived. People from around the world have put on their mitts, hats, and coats, and come out to celebrate the winter festival, which lasts from January 31 to February 17, 2014. Towering snow and ice sculptures, a playground, Beaver tails, Maple Taffy, singers, comedians - and best of all - the Rideau Canal (the world's longest natural skating rink) are all part of Ottawa's unique winter festival that takes place every year this month. ... read more
December 28th 2013
It’s the start of winter. Terry and I decided to spend a few days away in Niagara Falls before we travelled onwards to visit family for Christmas. The waterfall has a special place in our hearts. It’s the location of our very first date in 2006. Although we have been to the falls a few times now, we still always find new and exciting treasures, like the Hersey Chocolate Shop. Despite all the endless museums, Festival of Lights, casinos, and themed restaurants, the wonder-of-the-world waterfalls are still the sweetest eye candy. Ice dipped tree branches and massive clouds of steam are ample reward for braving the cold and frosty walkways during this season. It’s also the quietest time to go, with a lack of lineups at the Bird Kingdom, Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum and ... read more
November 6th 2013
I had been fantasizing about this moment, seeing the cliffs with my husband, for many weeks, but now that we were finally here, I almost didn’t care. Time collapsed minute-by-minute as we trekked along the cliffs. I understood on some dim, detached level that the earth beneath my feet was a spectacular sight. But, I struggled to focus on the beauty-of-the-moment as I squeezed through the traffic jam of tourists. The crowd had gathered to view the 214m (702 feet) cliffs at their highest peak. However, the clouds were darkening and swelling. The mob was getting anxious as the heavens were about to burst. On a clear day you can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, as well as the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara, Loop Head to the south and ... read more
October 31st 2013
Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows. – Pope Paul VI, Italian Pope (1897 - 1978). Since it’s that time of year again – Halloween – I will tell you about the haunting adventure I had in Rome. I had only heard of Capuchin Crypt by word of mouth. But, the further I investigated the more intrigued I became in discovering this out-of-the-way chapel made entirely from human bones. Located on Via Veneto, near Barbarini Square, we (a traveling companion and I) arrived at our destination. Entrance is by donation, the door manned by a forceful Italian ... read more
October 12th 2013
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." - Robert Frost There's something wonderfully romantic about a real Canadian log cabin break. It's an escape in the true sense of the word: nestled away in the woods and alongside a peaceful lake - there's nothing to distract you but your traveling companion(s), a bottle of wine, wildlife and bird song. With Autumn finally hitting home, Terry and I decided to experience the great Canadian outdoors in the best way possible. Forget sleeping bags and soggy ground mats - this log cabin came complete with a steaming hot tub, wood burning stove and quirky interior design. We waved goodbye to city life and delightfully retreated to our rustic hideout. Located in Lone Wolf Forest, ... read more
October 2nd 2013
Gardens are fragrant oases with ancient statuary, cool pools and fountains, and all shades of green. Well, some gardens... The International Mosaiculture Garden in Montreal is by far the most spectacular exhibition of a garden I have ever set my eyes upon. It's a cluster of art, poetic beauty, and innovative convention. When you first walk through the gates you are greeted by towering sculptures - a turtle, a dog, swans, and flowers of all kinds. All these two-and three-dimensional sculptures are skillfully crafted across a 2km circuit. The theme of the garden this year was "Land of Hope". The sculptures are part of an international competition and run on these six components: The interdependence of man and nature Positive actions for the environment Endangered or at-risk species or ecosystems Nature in the city The beauty ... read more
January 31st 2013
When I look at the picturesque views below, the enchanted forest, the townships, municipalities and villages along the Ottawa River, I see more than buildings and streets and bridges. I see the varying competence of the geology below, heart-stopping, once-in-a-lifetime wildlife in action and the glories of civilization. You too can feel your heart soar while you take to the skies and capture the capital city, Ottawa on camera like no other... Terry and I journeyed back in time to the 1930s, an unforgettable era when Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart made headlines with their world famous voyages that changed the course of history. We flew across Quebec and Ontario in an open cockpit WACO biplane. It was an incredible experience as we bounced across the clouds and watched the propeller spin into action. Dressed in ... read more
December 7th 2012
Shine your light at the Firestarter Youth Festival, running from the 17th to 21stAugust, at the Ardwhallan Outdoor Education Centre. Firestarter is the Island’s only festival catering exclusively for teenagers, described as three weeks of entertainment crammed into five days. Festival Coordinator, Graeme Brooks said: "I've been working with Firestarter for a few years now and I say this every year, but every year it's true: this one is going to be the best festival yet. The new site means some great new activities, alongside all the usual awesome music and crazy activities. The only drawback is that we have a limited number of tickets available because of the smaller size of the site, so we expect them to sell out pretty quickly. Book now so you don't miss out!" The festival will feature a wide ... read more
June 29th 2012
Date of wedding and location My wedding ceremony took place at 1pm, the 29th June 2012 at Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park, in Canada. The ceremony location was at a scenic lookout over the falls. Kakabeka Falls is considered the Niagara Falls of the North and plunges 40m over sheer cliffs and some of the oldest fossils in the world. This is also the location where we got engaged, on December 10th 2011. How we met I met Terry as an exchange student at Brock University, Ontario in 2006. I had come over for a semester from England (Keele University). Originally I had planned to go to Tennessee University, but circumstances changed and I ended up heading to Canada. Terry and I were in the same history class at Brock. However, it was only the very last ... read more