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…]

Cannonball Run Canada 2016

Until now, there is no record of anyone completing a trip from Vancouver to Halifax with the following conditions: travel by car stay within Canada (there is a shorter route through the United States) stop as little as possible for as short a time as possible to make the trip as direct as possible follow … [Read more…]

Trackers

Data. Data. Data. It’s no secret that I’m a list person. Having a smartphone makes it incredibly easy to meaningfully keep track of things. Here are a few of the apps I use regularly. Untappd For quite a while I used Beer Buddy to log my beer exploits. The app became buggy, so on Jasen’s … [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…]

Twin Toddlers

My nephews at 21 months. I had not visited them since their first couple weeks. I am fascinated by their differences and their energy and their freshness. Aari is chubbier, relaxed, thoughtful. Beau is slight, dizzying, curious. Beau falls. Aari gives him his soother.

Book Review: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Bauby)

I was so moved by the film adaptation, Le Scaphandre et le Papillon when I first saw it nearly eight years ago. Jean-Dominique Bauby authored this book by dictating with blinks from his left eye at a hospital an afternoon drive from Paris at Berck-sur-Mer, France. He is paralyzed by a stroke with something called locked-in syndrome. Formerly … [Read more…]

Les Bières du Québec

Though I make a special trip to Vermont just for beer, I am quite content drinking almost exclusively Québec brewed ales and lagers during my three weeks in Montreal. Though tax is higher here, beer is much cheaper and it’s sold in the grocery and corner stores. In fact it’s pointless looking for beer in … [Read more…]

Osheaga Highlights

It was bright and hot at Osheaga on Friday. We were seated for the first half and the last quarter of the day. Picnic tables at the back of the field were really comfortable and we had great views of the stage and screens, though the music wasn’t really loud back there so we could … [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…]