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North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa October 7th 2015

Well this is our final stretch of our Canada East road trip. Enjoy the colours of the leaves. It is good to be home though after being on the road for almost a month. We have a blast and met a bunch of good friends. Now we prepare for our next journey living in Ireland then backpacking Europe. We will be adding that adventure to our blog so stay tuned.... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa October 6th 2015

If you're like me you can remember when summers were all the more enjoyable because of the many varieties of butterflies that used to frequent our gardens and pathways. You probably lament the fact that you don't see many of them anymore, and wish it were possible once again to enjoy their gentle beauty. In Ottawa you have the opportunity to see a great variety of them at Carleton University's annual butterfly show (free!) for 10 days in October. When you walk into the greenhouse among 1,300 butterflies representing 41 species from around the world you are struck by the awesome variety of colours and shapes. There are even a few (mostly nocturnal) moths! No wonder the show attracts about 10,000 visitors every year. It is fun and challenging to follow the butterflies flitting from flower ... read more
general introduction
See how many you can find
in all their glorious beauty

North America » Canada » Ontario » London October 4th 2015

"She says": As we sit here in a Flying J truck stop in London, ON I bought 24 hours of internet so I could start catching up on this blog. Ontario is a very interesting Provence. From lakes that look like the ocean to horse and buggy on the highway and beautiful fall colors. We went to Callander, ON to visit Jose and Pat who we met last year in Mazatlan. We spent 4 days with them and had a terrific time. They have a beautiful home and they welcomed us warmly. Breakfast with their coffee chums every morning and sitting on the deck watching the squirrels and chipmunks as Pat feeds them with peanuts. The weather was beautiful for most of the days with sunshine and not too cold. They took us to the park ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa October 2nd 2015

Homeward bound today! We repack everything this morning. Amazingly, we can get everything required into our two main suitcases, and each one is 49.x lbs., so we are ok. That's really cutting it close. A cold, rainy day, but we are pleased because the latest weather forecast indicates the rain will abate by evening, and so should not affect our flight. There could be a hurricane coming Newfoundland's way next week, but we will be long gone. Breakfast at the hotel. We have a half-day to kill, so we decide to visit the St. John's Railway Museum, which we have driven past several times. It turns out to be a great decision. This is an excellent museum with a lot more it offer about Newfoundland than simply information on railroads. The Newfoundland Railway also ran the ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Eganville September 23rd 2015

On September 16th 2015, myself and my traveling companion Raymi Lauren took a long car ride north and east from Toronto to a remote cottage on the shores of the Madawaska River near the town of Palmer Rapids Ontario. This was our big summer fishing and camping expedition, and it was deliberately planned as a 'rapid' vacation. I had a portable fishfinder and I wanted to show Raymi how to cook and catch a fish right on the shore. None of that happened, and little did we know that getting home would be the most memorable part of the trip. We Visited Kayak Angler Magazine We were intent on kayaking the Madawaska River only because one week earlier we'd received an invitation from a friend at a popular Canadian kayak fishing magazine, Scott MacGregor. This good ... read more
Eating lunch at cottage on the Madawaska
FishHunter fishing app Kayakers
FishHunter Android Kayak fishfinder

North America » Canada » Ontario » Kakabeka Falls September 17th 2015

"She says": We haven't posted for awhile, the trip from Edmonton to Winnipeg - there isn't much to see at this time of year. The leaves haven't started turning and most of the fields have been harvested, so it is kind of uneventful. But every time we go this way it makes me realize how vast our country is. There is so much land. How blessed we are with the rich soil and being able to grow so many different things. Sometimes I forget how thankful we should be with the peace in our country and the freedom to be able to explore it. Our trip has gone great so far...enjoyed being with our son, Jeff and Sonya and Kyle, Brandon, and Kayla in Edmonton. It was great seeing how they have grown. And it is ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto September 13th 2015

Rained nearly all the way of the 5 hour drive into Toronto.. just stopped before entering the Downtown..sooo excited to see our American friends who have driven and flown in for the weekend...Blake and Suzy from Lafayette Louisiana and Tim and Deb driving up from Detroit (about 5 hours).. they all arrived Friday and we arrived 3.00p.m. Saturday... we were a bit late leaving Morrisburg as during the night we learnt that Vonnie (John's Mum) had passed and had a few phone calls and emails to send. As previously planned she would be cremated ASAP and then we would have a memorial service in Nambour when family could be together, so we are continuing on our holiday and coming home as planned. It was a breath of fresh air catching up with everyone in Toronto, staying ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa September 12th 2015

This morning marks the first chapter in Tabitha and I's novel. I am very fortunate to have shared the past chapters with our family, friends and co-workers. We have our bags packed, car loaded and ready to hit the road. Next stop is Quebec City, QC!... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto September 12th 2015

Left Boston and drove up to Portland in Maine along the coast, lovely drive so green and lots of trees with the leaves just starting to turn yellow and orange, bit early for all the fall colors. From Portland we wound up on the Pequawket Trail which was very pretty until we arrived at Conway in New Hampshire and took the Kancamagus Highway through he mountains to Lincoln, what a pretty drive overlooking the White Mountains, obviously a lot of ski lodges along the way but this time of year lush and green! Then crossed into Vermont just after Lincoln and headed to Burlington, Vermont. Burlington is a great little place on the edge of the Champlain Lake, such a beautiful spot with all sorts of boats on the water, hard to visualize it in the ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario September 9th 2015

This is the third and final part of a series on Upper Canada Village. It deals with two 19th century activities that I was fortunate enough to come upon unexpectedly, and which will be unknown to most readers. Wood was doubtless the single most important commodity in the 1800s; almost every structure was built of wood, and aside from their metal parts so were farm equipment, wagons and other means of transportation. There were no artificial materials, so furniture too was universally made of wood. Finally, it provided fuel for cooking, and kept the houses warm in the winter. It had to be made available in many forms, shapes and sizes, so sawing logs to make lumber and smaller pieces was essential, but there were neither engines nor electric motors to drive saws in the early ... read more
the complete saw mechanism, ready to ''rock and roll''
It's a ''two horsepower'' saw.
The sawyer is in charge of the entire operation.

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