If you hike and trail run frequently this time of year,  you may feel the wrath (but hopefully not the talons) of an overly protective barred owl. Now most folks are worried about not-so-friendly encounters with bears, mountains lions, rattlesnakes and other assorted critters. Fair enough. But it’s those owls that worry me and you…

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I first visited Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park in the spring of 2003 while researching hikes for my Best Hikes with Dogs Inland Northwest book. Located just 10 miles south of bustling Kelowna; this 27,000-acre (11,000 hectare) park is a hiking haven in the heart of the Canadian Okanagan. Roadless and closed to motorized use; it’s…

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Back in the roaring 1990s I spent a lot of time traveling in Canada. Matter-of-fact, a lot of Americans did and it had a lot to do with a strong American dollar. Back then the Canadian dollar–affectionately referred to as the loonie (after the common loon on its dollar coin) was trading between 65 and…

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