Here is what I am thinking of posting on our website in my personal section. We won t be able to do it before we reach appropriate facilities so posting it here will be a good alternative for some time while allowing people to know me a bit more! enjoy...
Introduction for Website: The Trip + Personal Information + Outdoor Biography
I was born in Lac-Etchemin, a beautiful small town in Southern Quebec, where I spent most of my young life with my family. Growing up on a lake gave me a privileged contact with the rhythms of Nature and inevitably a sense of belonging to them. I spent countless afternoons playing with the flow of water and that of my imagination, splashing and laughing until it became too cold to swim. These moments left me with a deep love of Nature and a desire to explore its different incarnations. Moreover, my parents valued time spent in fresh air and encouraged my 2 sisters, my brother and I to participate in sports such as downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, cycling and canoeing... Not that I completely escaped the appeal of the Nintendo! I feel however that time spent in the outdoors as a child has had immeasurable influence on the building of my self, I embrace it with gratitude.
Schooling has always been another central dimension of my life. My parents, both teachers, have planted in me the seeds of curiosity and love of learning at an age when I took very seriously my job as a gardener for those seeds. They grew into major parts of my personality. Consequently, I obtained good results through elementary and high school and with this background in mind, I chose to study sciences in college. At 16 years old, I felt surrounded by many doors behind which existed stimulating realms that I was burning to explore. A diploma in sciences was going to allow me to take a peek behind every door until I would cross a doorway that would uplift my mind. Since I was interested in sciences just as in any subject, I was able to go through 2 years of intense scientific learning while conserving my point of view from the middle of the room with doors. I have found many uses for my scientific background, although as time went by I became more aware of my desire to take action on a more social level. I came to see sciences as a means to an end and my first goal, my reward, was to travel after college. I believed in passion. I needed change. I craved adventure. The world appeared so rich in its potential to shake me, to make me cry or dance, to make me smile. Understanding the world would be understanding my self, so I chose the world as my teacher.
I finished college in the middle of May, 2002 and left Quebec 2 weeks later for the Wild West! I was taking the path that had lead so many friends to the heart of the mountains of Alberta and British Columbia, to amazing demonstrations of the power of time as actualized in Nature. I was going as a skier and snowboarder but mostly as a seeker of my own truth.
I was headed to a magical destination, a group of mystical misty islands off the coast of British Columbia. The air was alive with the fresh smell the immeasurable fluid space underneath the ferry boat that had the noble duty to bring us to a parallel world, to what some conceive as a different time zone. I felt like my internet name Alexploration was blooming in meaning as I was approaching an unknown dreamland about which I recalled echoes as modern legends from surreal people. Part of my mind was deeply involved in this fairytale as my imagination was preceding me on Haida Gwaii, but most of all I felt free. My time was open. I had embraced my past and put it to sleep. I had passed on my future to serendipity. All I was concerned with was the flow of air around me, the dance of the ocean and the perspective to dive into interactions with other passengers as our vessel was taking us across the looking glass. It felt like I was going to meet people from the other side of this symbolic mirror. After all, there is but a subtle difference in pronunciation between "Alice" and "Alex".
For one of my first encounters across the looking glass, I was faced not with a red Cheshire cat but with a red haired smiling person named Dave. I soon discovered that like the trickster cat he appeared and disappeared from places as he was traveling on his bicycle along the Western side of the Americas. I immediately felt awe and admiration for a trip of such amplitude. Later on, as Dave and I kept in touch while he was cycling to Southern California, these feelings grew and ultimately bloomed into the realization that I wanted more than anything to jump in the trip for Central and South America. I did!
Exploring and understanding Nature in its infinite beauty is a quest that permeates my life as I try to bring the outdoors into my daily occupations. I try to live my connection with the natural world in simple actions like walking dogs, taking a paddle boat out before work, smelling the flowers... I also love to take part in more specific outdoor activities. I enjoy variety in my outdoor life and it is with passion that I expand my contact with Nature through broadening the range of my experiences with the elements. Here is a list of outdoor activities I have participated in lately:
Rock climbing in the Quebec City area
Canoeing in Lac-Etchemin, on the Batiscan river, on Moraine Lake, Dragon Lake, Tyhee Lake
Sailing on Summit Lake, near Prince George, BC
Mountain biking around Quebec City, Canmore and the Massif du Sud area
Hiking around Canmore, Jasper, Whistler and Haida Gwaii (the Queen Charlotte islands)
Surfing in Tofino!
Skiing, snowboarding and telemarking at Mont-Orignal, Stoneham, Ski Smithers, Blackcomb, Big White, Kimberley, Lake Louise, Kicking Horse, Fernie and Shames mountains