The Shack Dweller

Backcountry camping/packrafting in Algonquin Park

I am French Canadian, born in Quebec but raised in a small town in Northern Ontario. I moved to Ottawa to study Photography 12 years ago which led me to work in marketing

Mad Ava

Mad Ava – Pirate Adventures Ottawa

and public relations for a while. I have a certificate in Creative Writing from Algonquin College. I am working on my first novel called The Maddening of Ava and a few other literature projects and short stories.

According to studies I am an INTP type personality like the great philosopher Socrates and the genius physicist Albert Einstein although I don’t really know what that means exactly for me. I am extremely curious and love figuring out what makes things the way they are.

Evening Yoga at Crotch Lake - Camping 2015

Evening Yoga at Crotch Lake – Camping 2015

I have a passion for photography, writing, baking and making things out of polymer clay!

I love life while documenting it in snaps, words, yums and crafts.

Sea to Summit Trail, Squamish, BC 2015

Sea to Summit Trail, Squamish, BC 2015

Favourite Quote: Make most of yourself, for that is all there is of you. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Until a few years ago I had never even seen the ocean, yet, about 10 years ago, the first thing I ever wrote on a piece of paper labeled bucket list was to dip my toes in the ocean. I somehow put the paper in a box and forgot about it. When I finally dipped my toes in the ocean in New Brunswick a few years ago I was overjoyed. I remembered the paper with my list and specifically that dipping my toes in the ocean was something I wanted to do at least once so I went in search of my paper. I felt so excited to cross it off that I added a few more things. Every time I think of something I’d like to do or explore I add it to the list.

In no particular order, I present you, my bucket list.

The Bucket list

  • Go back to school
  • Learn Photoshop
  • Learn Gimp
  • Learn to play the ukulele
  • Travel out of the country
  • Learn how to cook a souffle
  • Dip my toe in the ocean
  • Swim in the ocean
  • Eat freshly caught lobster
  • Have a bonfire on the beach next to the ocean
  • See a live NHL game
  • Visit all of the Canadian Provinces
  • Visit Alberta
  • Visit British Columbia
  • Visit Manitoba
  • Visit New Brunswick
  • Visit Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Visit Nova Scotia
  • Visit Ontario
  • Visit Prince Edward Island
  • Visit Quebec
  • Play an instrument at a bonfire
  • Visit Saskatchewan
  • Visit all of the Canadian territories
  • Visit Northwest Territories
  • Visit Nunavut
  • Visit Yukon
  • Learn how to make a panoplanet in photoshop or gimp
  • Learn long exposure photography technique
  • Get a passport
  • Go spelunking (caving)
  • Visit the Glowworm Cave (Waitomo, New Zealand)
  • Write a book
  • Publish a book
  • Volunteer oversees
  • Work on a cruise ship
  • Learn how to sing
  • Learn how to play the guitar
  • Learn how to play the piano
  • Learn how to play the violin
  • Own a small cafe
  • Own a small art gallery
  • Go to a resort in a tropical place
  • Get my Creative Writing certificate
  • Take philosophy classes
  • Take psychology classes
  • Buy a telescope
  • Visit China’s Atlantis: Lion City (underwater city)
  • Zipline
  • Be a zombie
  • Be a pirate
  • Take sewing classes
  • Sew a pretty dress
  • Sing karaoke
  • Get braces
  • Go backcountry camping
  • Go backcountry hiking
  • Get my commercial boat Captain license
  • Own an island
  • Own a farm house
  • Own a boat I can live on
  • Live on a boat
  • Ride on a motorcycle
  • Own a motorcycle
  • See a live football game
  • See a live NFL game
  • Go skydiving
  • Go white water rafting
  • Visit the North Pole
  • Visit the South Pole
  • See penguins in their natural habitat
  • Appear on TED Talk to talk about something inspiring
  • Act in a movie
  • Find a workout that works
  • Write a screenplay
  • Write a play
  • Perform a poem I wrote
  • Produce a short film
  • Fly first class
  • Sell a photo
  • Sell a painting
  • Change someone’s life
  • Do the scorpion pose (yoga)
  • Cook food on the car’s engine while driving
  • Have a photo published in National Geographics
  • Create a remote geocaching spot
  • Win the Nobel Prize in Literature
  • Meet Anne Rice
  • Get a tattoo
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