Fundy Footpath

This is my first backpacking trip. Car camping, cycling camping, canoe camping, but never backpacking. Apparently, this is a pretty tough one to begin on, but it is definitely a good one to get me hooked on backpacking. My companions are the same three from the Cannonball Run: Kris, Ty and Glen. Kris and Ty have both … [Read more…]

Troll Falls

We make a little getaway to the mountains on Fathers’ Day weekend. As a part of that we venture into Kananaskis to enjoy the alpine air, stroll by wild strawberries and feel the spray of an early summer waterfall. The Troll Falls loop near the currently green Nakiska Ski Hill is about an hour drive from Calgary. … [Read more…]

Edgemont Hills and Ravines

We take a hike in Calgary a couple weeks ago based on a trail in the book Calgary’s Best Walks by Lori Beattie. Amber decides on Edgemont Hills and Ravines which takes us just north of where we live. We climb up to the ridge on the prairie scrub, golden grasses dotted with glistening violet crocuses. … [Read more…]

In the Air in a Cessna C-172

A couple weeks ago my longtime friend Jeff “no relation” Robichaud took me up in a Cessna west of Calgary. Jeff and I have known each other since 1983. All those years, he’s demonstrated that he likes to master things. I think getting his pilot’s license a few years back is a vestige of having … [Read more…]

Hop Harvest

My friends Curtis and Julie have hop bines in their backyard. They have never harvested them so they let me! After work today I came over with some giant ziplock bags and filled four. I wasn’t able to reach most of them, but there were plenty for my purposes. One of the challenges I have … [Read more…]

Summer Vacation; Montreal; 2015

Visiting with April and Gabriel Family Cycling down the entire Lachine Canal Montreal Alouettes game at Percival Molson Stadium River’s Edge Church Just for Laughs Festival Bagels daily String Railways, Jaipur, and Queens Necklace games The Sign of the Theotokos Orthodox Church Repercussion Theatre’s Twelfth Night in Westmount Park Microbrasserie Dieu du Ciel with Amber … [Read more…]

Jardin Botanique (Montréal)

We loved the international installations at the Botanical Gardens two years ago. They were in competition and the exhibits were stunning. As a result, we didn’t spend much time in the permanent features of the Jardin Botanique. This time there are no temporary exhibits so we experience the glory of this living green space for what … [Read more…]

Bees

Time spent with bees, these ones at the Jardin Botanique de Montréal, is time well spent.