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Hi, we're Sam & Jacob!

Welcome to Explore the Map, we're so happy you're here! If you haven't already guessed, we love, love, love the outdoors. If we could, we'd spend every day outside — and we hope you love it as much as we do, too!

Before we get too deep into what our blog is all about, let us tell you a little bit about ourselves.

Our story began in a small town in the northern Okanagan. It was here that we went to the same schools and knew the same people our entire lives — but we didn't know each other! It wasn't until after graduation and moving to the “big” city of Kelowna that we finally met. A few short months later and we were smitten.

Fast forward to now and we're busy exploring the world together. Whether it's chasing waterfalls, scaling mountains, or braving new experiences, we find our best selves when we're adventuring together.

Our passion & your wanderlust

We've always loved exploring, but these past few years we've really fallen head-over-heels with the wilderness. The mountains, lakes, and rivers are our inspiration to live an adventurous life. But with our love came frustration with the lack of detailed information about the beautiful trails and adventures available here in the Okanagan and Pacific Northwest. Thus, Explore the Map was born.

If you're anything like us, you love knowing the important details of what you're getting into. So instead of showing you a beautiful picture and sending you on a wild goose chase (done that a few times!), we'll show you the beautiful picture and all the info you need to have a wonderful time on your adventure.

Explore your world

We know that setting out into the wild or on a road trip can be intimidating, especially if you haven't done it much before. Hell, I was terrified the first time we set out on a trip — what if we ran into problems in a foreign country or I hadn't planned properly? (I'm a huge fan of planning, FYI)

Our trip (and many thereafter) went smoothly though and from those experiences, we've created Explore the Map. We're here to help alleviate your worries, to help you become a master explorer! While we're based in the Pacific Northwest and strive to show off our corner of the world, we urge you to explore beyond these borders and take your adventures worldwide!

As always, if you have questions, want to say hey, or have a great story to share, we want to hear from you!