Kickapoo Traveler


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 life to the fullest extent, fearlessly following the direction of my dreams and rolling under the stars.

Jon Krakauer said, “It is the experiences, the memories, the great triumphant joy of living to the fullest extent in which real meaning is found. God it's great to be alive!" And I couldn't agree more.

I have recently started my own personal travel blog, which you can follow on:

North America » Canada » Prince Edward Island » Summerside September 21st 2014

If you’re ever faced with a spontaneous opportunity to throw caution to the wind and take a Segway tour…do it! After chugging down our coffees at no other than Tim Hortons, mom, Mary-Anne and I strolled over to Spinnaker’s Landing for a Segway tour of Summerside along the ocean boardwalk. Our instructor, Greg, showed us a short video presentation of what one shouldn’t do on a Segway. Then handing us each a bicycle helmet we had a quick lesson on the pitfalls and dangers of the machine. The Segway responds instantly to the motions of your body. There’s no accelerator or brake and the machine is constantly moving. To make it go, you tilt forward, and to back up, you just lean back. Mom got on the Segway and instantly was dodging orange cones ... read more
The Boardwalk

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton September 20th 2014

At the end of a narrow road called “Meat Cove” nestles a remote fishing village that overlooks the Bay of Saint Lawrence. On either side of the village are hills rolling into mountains and dense green forest. The village of St. Margaret has a collection of fishing boats. They cast their reflections out on the water. Old wooden storing sheds with lobster traps in between stand overhead, while behind them are a handful of rugged cottages. We walk along the pier and back. It's eerily silent here. Down the road we come to “Deadmans Pond.” Nothing but the distant squawking of a seagull mixed with the howl of the wind can be heard. Mary-Anne is wide-eyed staring into the sky. “Look at that bird!” she points. We all look across the road, past the pine trees, ... read more
Le Gabriel Restaurant
The Bay

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton September 19th 2014

“Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself.” Driving north out of the Cabot Trail and along a sharp spiral road through the rolling mountains of Cape Breton Island we approach a small and isolated community hugging the ocean, in Victoria County, called Capstick. We just have to snap a picture of the welcome sign because it shares our last name. We then run through a field onto a pebbled beach. Mary-Anne, my sister, throws off her shoes and splashes through Wreck Cove. My husband and mom follow shortly, while I scavenge for souvenirs of driftwood and hop from rock to rock over a stream that sprinkles out to the ocean. The community of Capstick has a miniscule population of less than 600, with many ... read more

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru We stand on the deck and watch the scene unfold. Green-velvet Mountains rise straight from the sea, surrounded by red sandy beaches, while an orange haze spills over and reflects off every wave. Its early morning as the ferry approaches the small town of Caribou, in Nova Scotia. A voice eventually cracks through the silence, “can’er all vehicle pass’ngers make their way back for disembarkin’ plees!” My mom, Mary-Anne, Terry and I head back down the stairs to our vehicle with one well-behaved pug on a leash, while the 70 lb husky has to be carried kicking and screaming. It’s ... read more
An Eagles View
Go-Kart Racing
The Lakes Resort and Campground

North America » Canada » Prince Edward Island August 13th 2014

Our family came to visit us last week and we decided to show them the best kept secrets in Prince Edward Island as locals! PEI is full of hidden gems where tourism hasn’t yet eclipsed the local culture. Here small-town hospitality, gorgeous historic places, and blissful hideaways make this island an ideal destination for travelers who want to return home with that got-there-first bragging rights. SUMMERSIDE Together Carl, Juanita, Terry and I started the holiday off in Summerside. This is the second largest city on the island. With comfy and unpretentious cafés, taverns, boutiques, Segway tours, Spinnaker’s Landing, biking trails along the Confederation trail and the looming Northumberland Strait in the background – it’s a place where civilization and nature work in perfect harmony. Most of the buildings and landmarks in Summerside were influenced by the ... read more
Which one is Anne Shirley?
Secret Beaches in PEI
The Butterfly Shed

Morning dew glistens across the rolling fields of green and a kaleidoscope of – deep wine, violet, pink and white - wild lupines edge the red dirt road as we creep towards our destination of New Glasgow, in Prince Edward Island. Terry and I are celebrating our second year wedding anniversary. Our first stop is breakfast at the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company nestled picturesquely into the hills surrounding the River Clyde. The Preserve Company is a solid tourist destination because of its location, restaurant, assortment of homemade jams, teas, fine bone teacups from England and China, and beautiful “Gardens of Hope.” Arriving early in the morning we were surprised to see the restaurant humming with the sound of people from three coaches. However, the staff handled the crowds with absolute professionalism. We were seated, everything ... read more
Terry at The Preserve Company Restaurant
The Prince Edward Island Soap Company

It’s been a crazy few weeks. Terry and I have been embarking on an adventure – a true Maritime experience. We decided, on a whim to move away from Ottawa and everything we knew, and buy a house in the smallest province of Canada, Prince Edward Island (PEI). It still feels surreal. Maybe it’s because winter has finally stopped crapping on us and the summer sun is shining along the Atlantic seaboard. There’s a stress-free vibe settling over the PEI beach-fronts, and the fishermen are out catching lobster in the coves. It’s a parallel universe. Terry and I dig our toes into the warm silvery-white sand and gaze out across the ocean. Our two dogs run playfully free. The waves gently lap onto the shore. "To hear the water and to see the coastline is so ... read more
Basin Head Beach
Anne of Green Gables

Europe » Isle of Man » Douglas April 1st 2014

Orbital Space Tourism is not the first thing you think of when considering the Isle of Man as a holiday destination. Amongst the controversial world championship series of TT motorbike races, cultural heritage, and outstanding and diverse natural beauty. Yet the thought of exploring the Milky Way or other galaxies takes a quantum leap out of the notebook of traditional tourism. No longer can it be said that the island of Manannan Mac Lir (the legendary Celtic sea God) lies remote and mysterious beyond the horizon of mist and fables for 21st century holidaymakers. I drive. Slowly, with dawn, the island comes to life. I watch in a worshipful silence as the sun farewells the moon in a dazzling ray of sticky heat. Around me are a group of raucous Seagulls. They contrast with the throatier ... read more
The Calf of Mann
Corrin’s Tower

North America » Canada » Quebec » Montebello March 25th 2014

Oh Canada! You’ve got over 194 species of mammals, 426 species of birds, and not to mention reptiles, fish, insects, arachnids and crustaceans! But you don’t have to travel the entire length of this vast country to get close to where the wild things are. Yesterday was my birthday, and instead of the obvious date night out with my husband, Terry and I decided to celebrate the day with an adrenaline rush into the wild. Without hesitation, I decided on the outdoor adventure because ever since leaving the United Kingdom in 2011, I’ve been wide-eyed fascinated at Canada’s wildlife wonders. Watching wildlife in the UK mostly involved hedgehogs and pigeons, so it’s no surprise I fell so heavily for Canada’s menagerie of photogenic fauna. Camera at the ready, our adventure commenced from the capital city, Ottawa. ... read more
Winter Wonderland
Got any carrots?

North America » Canada » Quebec » Gatineau 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 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 in ... read more
Nature Trek
Black Bear Claws
Sun Sets Over the Park

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