Joanne Elves is watching her kids grow far too quickly but uses every opportunity for an adventure to be with them. Travels take them skiing the Rockies, snorkeling the Bahamas, surfing the coast of Oregon and running through Disneyland dressed as action heroes. Joanne is a freelance writer based in Calgary and regularly contributes to Canadian Cycling, Canadian Running, up!, The Globe and Mail, Travel Alberta and the Canadian Tourism Commission.
As the parent of a fair-skinned ginger-haired child, I’ve been diligent when it comes to sun protection. Well, I thought I had until we went on a week-long cruise through the Caribbean. Hats, long sleeves and multiple tubes of sunscreen were packed. Day three ...Read More
Take the kids to Walt Disney World for a golfing escape! “Ma…Ma…you gotta keep your head down, or you’ll never hit it.” Yes, I’m no longer mommy or mom. I’m “Ma,” and instead of me teaching my daughter the sports I love, she is ...Read More
Its been a few decades since I was a kid but I remember dreaming of waking up on Christmas morning, running into the living room to find a trip to Disneyland wrapped up in a clever oversized box. Yeah, no matter how nice I ...Read More
It was the Face Time call that had me in tears. Sorrow? Joy? It was both. I missed my daughter terribly. She was in her hotel room with the busy streets of Paris out the window. It was week two of her summer adventure ...Read More
Father’s Day should be that special day where Dad is singled out and thanked for his hard work. Serious… It’s not easy being the right-hand-man to mom. So to show him his efforts are appreciated, why not spend the day doing what he likes to ...Read More
It was 8:30 on a Sunday morning after a night of powder drifting from the darkened heavens and I thought for sure the regulars would be fighting for first tracks. Nope. It was 10:30 and we drifted over to the backside to see what ...Read More
“A family that skis together stays together.” Okay, that might be my motto but apparently it’s still working for me. What used to just be trips to the local ski resorts has turned into weekends and mini stay-cations in Golden, B.C. We gravitate to ...Read More
Take a look at our best ten … no wait…eleven…or is it twelve(?) picks for family fun in the heart of California! We tromped all over town and had a blast. We walked across the bridge, watched the sea lions in the harbour and ...Read More
Disneyland or a beach? Settle the argument in the middle of an ocean. You want a beach holiday but the kids want to go to Disneyland. Such a conundrum!. But I’m with you….a beach right about now sounds pretty dreamy. So, why not settle ...Read More
Skiing and snowboarding are great fun for the entire family but before the black diamond trails called Barely Legal, Parachute and Unnecessary Roughness are considered as a family outing, maybe tamer runs like Gentle Giant, Squirrel or Happy Valley should be under the boards. ...Read More
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