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North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa July 21st 2022

The day is finally here! Long day of travel started stressing out with wondering if we were going to make the connection in Montreal. We had 1 hr layover and because of covid airports were seeing delays. Turns out we got on the earlier flight standby and go there just in time....and then the flight was delayed 45mins. We managed to get on early and clean up and set up well. The only kicker was the food on the Lisbon flight had nuts or no ingredients. Wtf. We were stuck eating snacks we brought on. None of us got much sleep and were pretty tired but excited to arrive. After a long wait in customs, we were on our way downtown. Stopped in to pick up our key early- woohoo and they a walk to vodafone ... read more
Didn’t sleep, only watched movie after movie!
Camille got a little bit of sleep
finally an advantage to having allergies...

North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa June 19th 2022

Departed Ottawa. The airport check in process was easy. I always have to wait a little bit to actually see a person when checking my bag because they have to verify my Veteran status to receive the free bag check in. Once that was done, it was off to the dreaded security check in. The line was long, but it moved along quite well. They’ve made some improvements since I’ve last travelled. For example, the person at the start of the cue for security only verifies that you have a boarding pass now instead of scanning it or checking your identification. Then, you get in the line with others. Once you get to the ‘head’ of the line, another security screening agent will indicate which line of machine you’ll head to. Once there, you scan your ... read more
Bushmills
Simons Park Royal
Restaurant sign

North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa June 4th 2022

Well, we picked up our RV this afternoon after I had finished a long day at work. Shelley and I drove to the Westboro area of Ottawa to meet our hosts Malcolm and Michelle, whom we rented the RV from (Outdoorsy.com). After receiving the required inspection and familiarization tour of the RV, Malcolm took us each out for a test drive of the RV through the surrounding neighbourhood and onto the 417 and back. Shelley did awesome!! This will be a fantastic adventure that starts tomorrow morning. We brought the RV home and the neighbours enjoyed seeing us loading her up in preparation for our departure the next day. It took longer than we thought loading things into the RV but we managed to get it done. Now it's time to shut down and get some ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa March 13th 2022

We have our dates lined up now and we've booked our reservations for the RV sites where we want to stay. We plan to leave Saturday morning early to drive down into the US towards the Boston, MA area. We've planned on staying three nights in that area taking in some sites before we leave to head to Bar Harbour, ME. Two nights in Bar Harbour area to take in the beaches and quaint shops. Next, we depart for Fundy National Park Campgrounds to stay there for four nights. We've bought bicycles to travel around with while we're at these various campsites. We then leave Fundy for the Quebec City area. We've landed on a campground on the tip of Ile-d'Orleans; about 45 mins east of Quebec City. After a couple of nights there, we'll heave ... read more
2nd Leg of the Journey
Third Drive
Fourth Leg of the Journey

North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa September 7th 2019

I have been very fortunate to work with the kind people at True Patriot Love in an effort to raise much needed funds for their cause. My Dad - Private Kelley and countless others would have greatly benefited from their support. Proceeds raised will be donated to True Patriot Love Foundation, a national charity dedicated to providing Canadian military and Veteran families with the support they need and the hope they deserve. Learn more about True Patriot Love Foundation here. To date I have raised 57% of my target - many of you have already donated - thank you. If anyone else would like to donate please click on the link below. https://truepatriotlove.akaraisin.com/keithkelley/donate thank you, Keith... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa July 20th 2019

Well – here we are again kind readers. I have missed you. It has been five years since Tanya and I embarked on our Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. Within weeks of returning from Spain I was researching other long distance walks – I knew I needed more. I soon realized (using the “scaredy squirrel” guide for all potential danger) that there are very few long walks with the infrastructure and safety of the Camino. About three years ago I started to plan a walk commemorating my Dad and more specifically his service during WW II. I applied for and got his military & medical records – somewhat redacted – about a year later. I start off ambitiously thinking I could take 3 months and walk the entire route the Canadian soldiers followed. I soon realized I ... read more
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North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa July 13th 2019

Leaving by bus for Montreal tomorrow morning. Then overnight KLM to Amsterdam. Last minute packing. Listening to the Dutch band BZN to get into the mood. They’re a Paling Pop band, very strange name meaning Eel Pop, a very unique sound created in the seventies by this band from Volendam. It’s a derivative from the Beatles, mixing in some ABBA sound and the unique one-two step dances from the Netherlands as well as some Vienna waltz melodies. Go to YouTube and check out BZN. Maybe not your taste but I like it!... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa August 16th 2018

This post has the same title as the one just before our Australia trip last Fall. Tomorrow morning early we fly to Vancouver to meet up with Ken & Jan who have kindly offered to put us up for the night and entertain us. And get us to Vancouver Canada Place to board our Star Princess ship on Saturday August 18. Great to be able to put in a family visit on this next adventure! We also look forward to meeting up with Geoff and Joy, and Mark and Kathy, our Australian friends with whom we have talked about this Alaska cruise for several years. That day is here now! The very long-standing friendship between Marion, Joy and Kathy predates any of them having met their current husbands, before kids, before middle age, before senior privileges. ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa July 2nd 2018

I'm currently on the train to Montreal from Ottawa, and I can say that the first 24 hours have gone pretty much as expected, with one exception. It's hot as hell. I'm lucky to have brought some clothes appropriate for this weather, since I normally try to ESCAPE the heat when I come to Canada. But after I had already bought my plane ticket, the forecast changed dramatically. It's now supposed to be hotter here than it is in Georgia, the place from whose heat I was hoping to escape. One particular item that was last minute, but which has garnered quite a few envious stares and comments, is my Arkansas boonie hat. Wide brim all around and ventilation up top. I put it in my bag literally as I was walking out the door from ... read more
Parliament Hill during Canada Day festivities
Canada Day cookies waiting for me at the hotel!
My very first Canadian passport stamp




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