On the trail of a monarch deep in the heart of Mexico

Taking rough roads, with an eye out for bandidos, in search of the increasingly endangered species

On the trail of a monarch deep in the heart of Mexico“We’re going to see the monarch butterflies at the Cerro Pelon Butterfly Sanctuary.” What? When my friend Scott said he’d booked us into JM's Butterfly B&B in the remote Mexican village of Macheros, Donata Guerra, Estado de Mexico, I admit to some misgivings. “It’s just a four-hour drive south and west of San Miguel de…

Exploring the wonder of Assiniboine’s ski mecca

The wonder of Assiniboine’s infinite blanket of brilliant white snow is like a dream you can’t wait to return to

Exploring the wonder of Assiniboine’s ski meccaThere’s something about grinding your way up a mountain on a pair of skinned skis that makes you truly appreciate the trip down. You’ve literally worked your tail off for this moment, and you’re going to enjoy it. As our group of skiers floated with abandon down a stunning run of untouched powder, we break…

We all need to experience nature in our daily lives

Children who do not experience nature likely to display a range of behavioural problems and a decline in their ability to cope with stress

We all need to experience nature in our daily livesWhat does silence sound like? To us city-slaves, it is a swelling orchestra of white noise that fills a void our ears just aren’t accustomed to. We call it tinnitus. Most of us don’t get a chance to experience authentic silence very often. Some of us never will. On a recent winter backcountry trip to…