Finding your pace in Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country

Finding your pace in Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country

I hear her coming up behind me. The sound of running shoes padding along a dirt trail winding through the vineyards of British Columbia’s Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country has become familiar to me as I run the Half Corked Marathon. This unlikely annual event sees participants wearing elaborate costumes trot along an 18-km route through the vineyards, stopping every kilometer for a wine tasting.

Already, I’ve been overtaken by folks dressed as a synchronized swim team, the rock band, Kiss, a fruit salad and a pair of runaway brides, so I don’t mind Barbie-in-a-box leaving me in the dust. After all, as the organizers will tell you, winning the Half Corked Marathon is not the objective -- in fact, if you cross the finish line first, you’ve missed the point.

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Girls Flight Out: Glamping in Nova Scotia

Girls Flight Out: Glamping in Nova Scotia

I blame my daughter’s love of camping on a broken air conditioner during the summer of ’88 when she was 10 months old. Our home had been sweltering hot but it was even worse outside, and so I decided in my young-mom wisdom to fill a small Coleman cooler with tepid water, and plop her in it, sitting up. With little wriggle room and no chance of keeling over (the cooler was hard-sided) she sat there looking peaceful, although a little perplexed.

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Girls Flight Out: Fun and Fika in Stockholm

Girls Flight Out: Fun and Fika in Stockholm

Founded in the 13th century and Sweden’s capital since 1684, Stockholm is a city in which history meets modernity and locals meet to fika at least twice a day. Fika, don’t you know, is the Swedish tradition of getting together with friends a few times a day to sit and chat and indulge in a pastry or two. Not surprisingly then, cafés abound in Stockholm and burst with astonishing selections of little cakes and cookies, pastries and the like. Girls Flight Out camera-girl, Samantha Gary, and I did our best to fika our way through as many cafes as possible while still maintaining enough room to eat our way through the city’s robust food scene.

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