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We were cycling in Hungary…

… and trying to find our way out of the city of Győr and back to the Danube Bikeway on our route to Budapest. This was early morning with nobody around to ask directions. Nobody could speak English here, anyway…. Continue Reading →

It was the end of June, 1963,

… my grade 8 graduation night at Holy Family Elementary School, Hamilton. Right after that, my dad loaded my brother, cousin and me, along with the fishing equipment, and my 2 other uncles, into the 1960 Chevy Impala wagon, and… Continue Reading →

September Festivals

It was a beautiful September in the Danube River valley. We were cycling across northern Austria, when in the afternoon, we happened upon a small town where we wanted to get some lunch. But even though there were cars parked… Continue Reading →

Pardon My French

… something I heard a few times on our recent trip to Quebec City and surrounding area… from Francophone people who seemed to be fascinated by this phrase… and they weren’t even excusing themselves after slipping out an F-bomb. Chantal… Continue Reading →

I saw the news today… Oh Boy!

Bad and scary news everywhere today, but not here. Only good news here. This is the Good News Blog! On the way out, we had a full day in London, which is becoming my favourite city very quickly now. I… Continue Reading →

Day 10 Foula, Shetland Islands

Late, but we did get a landing on the Shetland island of Foula. Had a very nice hike, just me and Chantal, and the ponies, sheep and birds. This is a very remote, lonely place and inhabited by only 36… Continue Reading →

Expedition Days 7-9

This morning we did a 5km hike at the Loch Scavaig, on the Isle of Skye. Very technical hike, on slippery rocks, fog and some rain, but a really nice walk. The zodiac ride back was like riding a wild… Continue Reading →

Expedition Day 6 – St. Kilda

St. Kilda, the outermost of the New Hebrides Islands, sustained people from about 4000 BC, living on seabird eggs, fish, and a few vegetables as well as sheep and cattle. There is a village of “Blackhouses”, named because the fire-pit… Continue Reading →

Aboard the Ocean Endeavour

I’ve been on this ship before, 2 years ago in the Arctic. See my blog at Arctic-explorer-expedition-2016 . Same ship and same tour company, Adventure Canada, but completely different adventure. We had some rough seas on this trip and Mathew,… Continue Reading →

Scotland Interior – Days 8-11

We flew from Dublin to Glascow, from where we visited the Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness during a full day excursion. Meeting up with Adventure Canada in Glascow, they transported us to the town of Oban, where we boarded the… Continue Reading →

Days 4-7 Irish Eyes Do Smile :)

This trip is starting to feel like one big international pub crawl, as we visited Dublin, then went on an over-night excursion to the west coast of Ireland. We visited Galway, Bunratty village and castle and the Cliffs of Moher…. Continue Reading →

Day 2-3 – London – All the tourist things

We got Oyster cards for the bus and subway, but when we’re visiting European cities, we prefer the bus, as you see much more. Especially in London, the double-decker buses are great. We actually met a guy from Port Credit… Continue Reading →

Jack the Ripper – circa 2040

In 1888, Jack the Ripper murdered and severely mutilated 5 prostitutes in Whitechapel, London. During our month in the UK and Ireland, we spent quite a bit of time in Whitechapel, which turned out to be one of my favourite… Continue Reading →

Mysterious circles have appeared in the Arctic…

and even NASA is baffled. Mysterious circles have appeared on Arctic sea ice — and even NASA is baffled – National Post    But I think I had the answer 2 years ago when my titanium S.E.T.I. hip detected intelligent coded… Continue Reading →

Friday the 13th

… In Port Dover. A motorcycle rally held every Friday the 13th in Port Dover, Ontario, Canada since 1981. Its typical summer attendance exceeds 100,000 bikers. This is the biggest single-day motorcycle event in the world. I was with my… Continue Reading →

That Creepy Sound Again…

Is someone or something out there? or is this just something in my head? Then this ancient clock-tower chimes every hour. No problem for Chantal… she’s wearing earplugs. But that noise again… someone walking up the stairs? We’re alone in… Continue Reading →

A Day in “The Hammer”

Hamilton, that is… my home town. Don’t know why they call it “The Hammer”. Only saving one syllable. Not much economy there. They could call  it “The Ham”, but that’s too much like hogtown. Maybe because hammers are made from… Continue Reading →

Does this thing still work?

Skiing… that is. For the last few years, just prior to the ski season, I start wondering if there’ll be any nasty surprises. Is everything still going to work? I’m talking about joints and things that start going wonky when… Continue Reading →

Last 12 weeks of Dogwood2017

And so, the end of another #dogwood52 weekly photo challenge on Facebook. I hope you enjoy, but a word of caution before you read on… I’ll be stirring up some shit!   Week 41 Technical: Levitation Levitation is part camera… Continue Reading →

HPSC Hill Climb at Blue Mtn

We hiked at Blue Mountain last week for the annual High Park Ski Club hill climb. Photo at the top of the page is the guy hanging on the wall over the fireplace in Wasaga Beach. The guy below, John,… Continue Reading →

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