Top 10 spots on my Jasper to Banff roadtrip

Vermillion Lakes and wetlands had the best fall colours!

There’s no comparing the beauty of the Canadian Rockies. I almost wish my car was see-through so that you could really take in the beauty of the surroundings of Jasper and Banff National Parks. I have been to Jasper a number of times and to Banff once before, but I told myself that I wanted to see the mountains again.

Taking the trip solo is not an easy task. The trip from Jasper to Banff alone can be anywhere from 3 to 5 hours, and Jasper is 3 hours from where I live in Whitecourt. Add in the construction traffic and some longer stops and I got a 12-hour drive on day one and a 13-hour drive on day two. It was completely worth it.

Instead of going through all the amazing things I did on the trip, I give you my top 10 spots on my Jasper to Banff roadtrip.

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The elusive deer


I’ve been waiting to capture a good picture of some wildlife while I’ve been here. I have seen deer multiple times around town and a few times outside of town, but I have never gotten a good close shot of the majestic beast.

They have been either too far away, not facing me, they run away as soon as they see me, but not this one.

He scared me half to death when I stepped out of my house. He was right there. and although he bolted when he heard the door open, he stayed in my neighbour’s yard.

He’s not in his natural habitat, but isn’t he cute.

Stay Curious,


It’s snow joke…


Let it be known that today, September 8, 2014 is the earliest I have ever seen snow. Sure it has been cold in August, or balmy in December, and other weather abnormalities, but snow, this early? Well call me a canuck and give me some timmies, because this is the craziest thing I have seen.

Also, fun fact, this is not the earliest this area has seen snow! The earliest recorded snowfall was on August 21, 1992 in Edmonton since record keeping began in 1884. The Farmer’s Almanac predicts that this winter will bring colder than normal temperatures and snowfall will be much greater than the previous winter.

So this post is just a bunch of photos from this morning in Whitecourt, Alberta. Enjoy your sunshine and green grass out there.

Stay Curious,



These are a few of my favourite books

My five favourite books

(Ok. Who read the title in a Julie Andrew’s singing voice? I did.)

There is a tagging nomination post going around Facebook right now, asking you to pick your five favourite or most influential books. It really got me thinking about some of the amazing books I had the honour of reading.

I absolutely love reading. Reading and travel go together like peanut butter and honey. While I am sure many books will come and go as my favourites, these five (six) books always seem to stick with me.

I have also included a link to each of the books on GoodReads.

  1. Harry Potter Series, These were the first big novels I read when I was a little kid. It is something that I have grown up with. If I had to pick a favourite book in the series it would be Prisoner of Azkaban 
  2. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. My god. I have never laughed so hard at a book before. Definitely my kind of humour.
  3. Nancy Drew Series by Carolyn Keene. I was given a bunch of these books by my grandma and it inspired my curiosity and finding out the truth. If I had to pick a favourite in the series it would be #5 The Secret of Shadow Ranch. 
  4. Wildfire Season by Andrew Pyper. I was given this book to read by my grade 12 english teacher because she thought I would like it. Wrong. I loved it. It was so real and dark, I couldn’t put it down.
  5. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. I read this first in grade 11 and have read it multiple times since then. It got me hooked on dystopian/apocolyptic novels.

Bonus: A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold (non-fiction) but this man can write so beautifully about his observations. He was one of the founding fathers of conservation.

I am always interested in finding new books to read, so If you have a favourite book list, comment below!

You can also follow me on GoodReads!

Stay Curious,


I was interviewed for my bucket list


Aren’t having bucket lists great? I think so. That’s why I have one.

I was recently interviewed by The Sputnik, a paper I used to work for at Laurier Brantford, for an article on bucket lists. I was so happy to share some of my philosophy of making them, why they are great, and crossing an item off of one.

“By putting it down on paper or putting it on the web, it is a constant reminder of your passions.”

“Bucket lists are just fantasy until you put it into action. Knowing why you want to do the things on your bucket list creates a sense of curiosity.”

I said that. Don’t I sound classy! Kudos to Karly Rath and her amazing writing talent.

You can read Karly’s article here or the full paper here

Stay Curious,



There are so many bad remarks about being curious. “you’re nosy” “you ask a lot of questions” “don’t you know, curiosity killed the cat”.

Well, fuff to that.

Curiosity is one of the best qualities.

You are interested in learning about something you may not have experienced before or you have experienced it and you want to know more.

That is absolutely fantastic!

I want to know more about everything. Bring it on.

So, I made a little something to show off my love for curiosity!

What are you most curious about?


Stay Curious,


Up we GO!


I was invited to go flying and did aerobatics in a Pitts Special Biplane with pilot Stefan Trischuk at the Whitecourt Airport. We did some loopty-loops, barrel rolls, and even flew upside down. (Those are completely technical terms.) I think we got to 2.5 or 3 Gs.

It was awesome.

Also, FYI, I am not screaming in fright. I am WOOHOOing. It’s different.

The Whitecourt Hometown Heroes Air Show is July 26 and 27, 2014.

Up we GO! from Olivia Rutt on Vimeo.

This Crazy, Addictive Rodeo Life


I recently wrote a features article about the ups and downs of being in a rodeo in the Whitecourt Press. I interviewed a number or rodeo competitors from the area and a rodeo announcer.

My article in the Whitecourt Press

My article in the Whitecourt Press

It’s a long read but here’s the article. I’ve also added in some photos from the Sangudo Rodeo.

This crazy addictive rodeo life

Your hand is secure. You can feel the muscles of the bull underneath your legs, hoping it will stay calm in the chute. You breathe. You clear your mind and nod.

The gate flies open and everything happened at once. The bull is out, bucking, as it takes everything in you to stay on. Those eight seconds are the longest and shortest eight seconds of your life. Then it’s over, whether you stay on or get bucked off, it is over.


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