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    Rachel Bertsch
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I'm only hiking for the decent view at lunch time. And for the chance of crazy carpeting down.
I'm only hiking for the decent view at lunch time. And for the chance of crazy carpeting down.
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If there's the chance of chasing waterfalls, I'm going to do it. 
Even if it is half frozen and means climbing a mound of ice to get there.
If there's the chance of chasing waterfalls, I'm going to do it. Even if it is half frozen and means climbing a mound of ice to get there.
The St Lawrence River is the outflow of 20% of the world's freshwater supply and is mostly fresh water until shortly before this area when it turns into a two layered estuary with salty cold water mixing in. 
What that means is a crazy variety of marine life including beluga and Greenland sharks and I can't wait to come back when the ice is gone.
The St Lawrence River is the outflow of 20% of the world's freshwater supply and is mostly fresh water until shortly before this area when it turns into a two layered estuary with salty cold water mixing in. What that means is a crazy variety of marine life including beluga and Greenland sharks and I can't wait to come back when the ice is gone.
While I long for the endless sunshine and wildflowers of summer, these snow filled forests with pastel covered skies are pretty amazing to explore in too.
While I long for the endless sunshine and wildflowers of summer, these snow filled forests with pastel covered skies are pretty amazing to explore in too.
Follow the leader.
Follow the leader.
Eye in the sky. 
We went looking for moose in the valleys and ice flows on the St Lawrence River. But I couldn't take my eyes away from the snow covered hills.
Eye in the sky. We went looking for moose in the valleys and ice flows on the St Lawrence River. But I couldn't take my eyes away from the snow covered hills.
Sundays are for adventures.
Sundays are for adventures.
How often do you say yes to things?

If someone asked you to go sledding down a 7.5km track that descends over 800m on the steepest mountains east of the Rockies, would you?

My answer was a resounding YESSSSSS!

I feel pretty lucky in the amount of cool things I get to try, but mostly everything happens because I'm always happy to try something new. Rarely do I say no.

With speeds up to 53km/hr, this sled ride was ridiculously fun.  And it was another important reminder that no matter how old we get, playing like kids is still the best fun out there. 
So what are you going to say yes to next?

Check out my stories for a better look at this awesome experience. 
#moncharlevoix #quebecoriginal
How often do you say yes to things? If someone asked you to go sledding down a 7.5km track that descends over 800m on the steepest mountains east of the Rockies, would you? My answer was a resounding YESSSSSS! I feel pretty lucky in the amount of cool things I get to try, but mostly everything happens because I'm always happy to try something new. Rarely do I say no. With speeds up to 53km/hr, this sled ride was ridiculously fun. And it was another important reminder that no matter how old we get, playing like kids is still the best fun out there. So what are you going to say yes to next? Check out my stories for a better look at this awesome experience. #moncharlevoix  #quebecoriginal 
Sunshine is the most precious gold on earth.

I can never get over the different seasons in Canada. Those tiny trees were buried under 2-3m snow drifts and had this been summer, we'd be exploring in the shade.

Instead we had a fluffy pillow below us, and sunbeams all around us to scope out a sprawling vista over @saguenaylacstjean.

#saguenaylacstjean #quebecoriginal
Sunshine is the most precious gold on earth. I can never get over the different seasons in Canada. Those tiny trees were buried under 2-3m snow drifts and had this been summer, we'd be exploring in the shade. Instead we had a fluffy pillow below us, and sunbeams all around us to scope out a sprawling vista over @saguenaylacstjean. #saguenaylacstjean  #quebecoriginal 
I'm always on the hunt for the cabin of my dreams.

Wood burning stove, big windows, and a snowy paradise for a view? Works for me.

#saguenaylacstjean |  #quebecoriginal
I'm always on the hunt for the cabin of my dreams. Wood burning stove, big windows, and a snowy paradise for a view? Works for me. #saguenaylacstjean  | #quebecoriginal 
Life is better shared.

Whether that's with someone you've known for years who loves you unconditionally or the people you meet along unexpected journeys that make you smile during a sweaty ascent in the woods.

Spent the day snowshoeing in the Valley of the Phantoms, an area of Quebec that receives up to 6m of snow.  Honestly, it was beautiful. See my story for more shots of the day.

#saguenaylacstjean #quebecoriginal
Life is better shared. Whether that's with someone you've known for years who loves you unconditionally or the people you meet along unexpected journeys that make you smile during a sweaty ascent in the woods. Spent the day snowshoeing in the Valley of the Phantoms, an area of Quebec that receives up to 6m of snow. Honestly, it was beautiful. See my story for more shots of the day. #saguenaylacstjean  #quebecoriginal 
Why do you adventure?
For the thrill of it? The workout? The view? Or to guilt free over indulge in chocolate? 
Personally, I'm a mix of all the above.
What about you.
Why do you adventure? For the thrill of it? The workout? The view? Or to guilt free over indulge in chocolate? Personally, I'm a mix of all the above. What about you.
A few of the things I love most in life are in this shot.

1. Family.
2. Nature.
3. Fresh air.
4. Not knowing where the trail leads.
A few of the things I love most in life are in this shot. 1. Family. 2. Nature. 3. Fresh air. 4. Not knowing where the trail leads.
That feeling when you just want to stay, just a little bit longer.
That feeling when you just want to stay, just a little bit longer.
Kieran searching for the perfect place to build his sand castle.
Kieran searching for the perfect place to build his sand castle.
Always down to make trail friends, even the furry variety.
Always down to make trail friends, even the furry variety.
The tide rushed in and the rain fell hard. We couldn't see our destination but we didn't care.

If it's going to rain, there's no better place to be than on the water already.
The tide rushed in and the rain fell hard. We couldn't see our destination but we didn't care. If it's going to rain, there's no better place to be than on the water already.
Have you ever been somewhere and felt Iike you were home?

We just bought a house and spent all last week moving in. Besides the pain of moving, it's been fun to reflect on how we got here.

Ten years ago I moved to England and had all belongings fit into two suitcases. (If only i owned that little now, moving can make you feel borderline hoarder....) And despite being there for two years, I always knew I would leave.

Six years ago I was living out of a backpack, convinced I was going to become a permanent nomad with no fixed address ever again.

It was easy at first as everywhere I went, I found a reason to leave.

In 2016, we showed up in the Yukon and within 48 hours made arrangements to make it home. It's one of the only places I have felt that pull to return to and that desire to stay. If you've been here, maybe you've felt it too.

Not even the gorgeous rainforests of New Zealand could keep me away.
Have you ever been somewhere and felt Iike you were home? We just bought a house and spent all last week moving in. Besides the pain of moving, it's been fun to reflect on how we got here. Ten years ago I moved to England and had all belongings fit into two suitcases. (If only i owned that little now, moving can make you feel borderline hoarder....) And despite being there for two years, I always knew I would leave. Six years ago I was living out of a backpack, convinced I was going to become a permanent nomad with no fixed address ever again. It was easy at first as everywhere I went, I found a reason to leave. In 2016, we showed up in the Yukon and within 48 hours made arrangements to make it home. It's one of the only places I have felt that pull to return to and that desire to stay. If you've been here, maybe you've felt it too. Not even the gorgeous rainforests of New Zealand could keep me away.