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New blog: live, love, north

Happy Monday all! Just a quick announcement for you today. I’d like you to invite you to take a look at my new blog – Live, Love, North!

Live, Love, North

My new outdoor, food & lifestyle blog – live, love, north! Find it at http://livelovenorth.com

I’ve been blogging here at jessicaquinn.ca for a couple years now, but my topics have varied widely to reflect my range of interests. Lately, I’ve been wary of the fact that this may not be best practice for me. If you’re coming to visit for social media tips, you may not care much about my latest pulled pork recipe, will ya? ;)

So I’ve started Live, Love, North so that I can feel a bit more free with my posts over there. If you visit me here for anything related to outdoor activities, travel, food reviews or recipes, please make sure to follow the new blog and add it to your reader (like Feedly)!

That means this blog will be more strictly themed around all things social media – but don’t get me wrong – there’s still a lot for us to talk about here! You’ll see some changes in the next while – like categories to better reflect some of the narrower social media topics (like Facebook or blogging).

Please take a look at Live, Love, North – I’d love to continue to connect with you (here or there!). :)

A passion and penchant for pretty pictures

One of my passions of days gone by was photography. It took up a lot of my life for quite some time, but somewhere along the lines, I somehow lost that passion. Can’t quite pinpoint when or why, though. Have been thinking lately that maybe it’s time to look for it. And maybe I’ll share that with you, dear internet.

These aren’t photos I’ve taken recently, but rather some of my favorites from the past. I’ve been yearning lately for the season of camping and hiking and playing on lakes; it’s so close, but still not quite here in our neck of the woods (I can barely bring myself to say out loud the fact that it … snowed… a bit today).

So these photos serve two purposes for me, both with the theme of sharing my passions: 1. for photography – perhaps motivation to get my groove back; 2. for the outdoors, and all the adventures that are waiting for me, just around the corner.

My dog, enjoying the sunset at a local popular fishing hole.
Paddling out at dusk.
Smiling to the sun – at Grizzly Den Provincial Park.
The lone flyfisherman.

An afternoon on the back roads

Today we went for a drive in the bush. Although some might call this “redneck,” this is a typically northern activity and it’s by far one of my favorite things to do on a weekend. We grab a couple rifles, pack a couple sandwiches, and drive on to check out the back roads near Prince George.

We headed out on the Blackwater Road and found some beautiful spots. The sun was shining, the wind was warm and there was no one to be found for miles. At one point today, I stood on a hill, with the wind blowing my hair and the sun shining on my face, and it was like I was being filled with the energy to keep going in life. I soaked it up. That’s my kind of afternoon.

We saw two black bears, fresh from hibernation; a few grouse mamas protecting their babies; the usual squirrels; and a couple bald headed eagles. We also came very close from rolling our truck in the ditch, thanks to a caravan of apparently blind treeplanters (likely kids from the lower mainland who don’t know how to maneuver big trucks on back roads, but nonetheless extremely aggravating). Regardless of bad back roads drivers, we had a nice, relaxing day… so much so, that we might do it again tomorrow.

I won’t share the name of this lake. It’s not far from town but there aren’t any cabins on it, and it belongs to a secret fantasy that we own it. It’s our secret spot of serenity.

Just in case you weren’t sure what you were seeing.

Damn beaver dam.

Evening silhouettes.

Back road colours.