MikeOnline - Boldly Go http://mikeonline.ca/index.php/rss.xml en Times Square, New York City http://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Times_Square <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Times Square, New York City</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 02/25/2019 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">No trip to New York City as a tourist is complete without a visit to Times Square.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">When we arrived, it was quite busy, but I suspect this was just normal.  Everyone there was either a tourist, or someone with a hustle to make money from the tourists.  I think most native New Yorkers likely avoid the Square to avoid all this chaos.</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-img"><img alt="Woman looking up." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="05d00d93-ea82-44ba-ad47-1507ef0e9ff0" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_1636_bw.jpg" /><figcaption>She seemed so happy to just be there.</figcaption></figure><p class="text-align-justify"> </p> <p class="text-align-justify">After initially looking around at some of what was going on here, we decided it was the ideal time to purchase something to drink and take a break from all the walking we'd been doing.  We found a table and sat.  In very little time, we realized that this was no time to remain idle.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Around us flowed a sea of humanity, largely oblivious to us, and everyone else around them.  Each taking in the sights, while not really seeing anything.  I quickly attached a longer lens to my camera and began snapping pictures of what I saw.</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-img"><img alt="Man looking from a distance." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="3422badb-cda7-46a0-8930-28ac52079c7d" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_1664_bw.jpg" /><figcaption>Busted.</figcaption></figure><p class="text-align-justify"> </p> <p class="text-align-justify">Picture after picture, and no one was even aware.  Well, almost no one.  One single person noticed me, and he took a picture back, so we were even.  People took "general pictures or videos of the surrounding area, but no one really seemed to "see".</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I could have spent a great deal more time there, continuing to snap picures, but we still had other places to see before the lengthy subway ride back toward our hotel.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=37147&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="z5Cb4-zLril3zJ0KoYfd4YfmeX89HmkdWjb13d-f2s0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 25 Feb 2019 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 37147 at http://mikeonline.ca Tribag Mine http://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Tribag_Mine <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Tribag Mine</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 02/18/2019 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">It was a warm August day and we decided to wander off from our campground in search of a place I had sought out once before.  It had eluded me then, but I was determined to have another look.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Eight years before, also while camping, I had first set out to look for Tribag Mine which operated between 1965 and 1972.  I had seen a sign, Tribag Mine Road, while heading to the campground, and it intrigued me.  We followed that road for some time in my Chev Colorado until the road was no longer safely passable.  Had I taken a wrong turn?  Was there simply no way, by vehicle, to get there?  Without the aid of GPS or satellite photos, it was difficult to know.</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-img"><img alt="Strange trees" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e5e811a9-c1ad-41fa-ae5d-d28aa3afa7a6" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/IMG_20180810_153701.jpg" /><figcaption>Strange trees that looked like they had faces frozen into the trunks.</figcaption></figure><p class="text-align-justify"> </p> <p class="text-align-justify">Now I was going to try again in our GMC Canyon, and the GPS on my phone suggested three possible approaches.  The first two, while being a fun way to try out the truck, did not work for us.  The third time was, indeed, the charm.  Suprisingly, it was also the route I had the least faith in when looking at them.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Even as good as this route was, we stopped while still 3km away from our target.  Close enough, and the walk would be good exercise for a husky already tired of simply watching from the back seat.</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-img"><img alt="Max on the trail" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6ceadb56-e05d-4abe-b7ed-91f7ef8eec50" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/IMG_20180810_154237.jpg" /><figcaption>Max the Exploring Husky on the trail.</figcaption></figure><p class="text-align-justify"> </p> <p class="text-align-justify">Eventually, we arrived at the location and I'll have to admit mixed emotions.  First, I was disappointed by the remains of the site.  There was really not much left that was noteworthy.  I know that others have actually entered the mine itself, but that's not something we were prepared to do on this particular day.  On the otherhand, I was happy that I had at last gotten here and was able to remove it from my nagging curiosity every time I passed Tribag Mine Road.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">If nothing else, it was an adventure, a walk in the quiet solitude of the woods, and a great way to spend a vacation day.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=37138&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="xkNYttKqFt3qbZXJmId3-9hP17It_vLC762-Otbcs4U"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 18 Feb 2019 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 37138 at http://mikeonline.ca http://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Tribag_Mine#comments European Vacation - Part 1 http://mikeonline.ca/index.php/article_Europe_01 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">European Vacation - Part 1</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 01/22/2019 - 15:15</span> <div class="field field--name-field-trip-start-date field--type-datetime field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Trip Start Date</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2015-07-04T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">2015-07-04</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-trip-end-date field--type-datetime field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Trip End Date</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2015-07-18T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">2015-07-18</time> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify"> </p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Airplane at the boarding gate." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6f6c2d53-15d0-47ec-9fad-115152f6e1ef" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/airplane.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">I'll admit it.  This trip was <em>NOT</em> Plan A.  Our first idea was that we were going to the Ukraine.  There is certainly no shortage of things to see that were left behind by their former Soviet occupiers.  Unfortunately, as the plans were being formed, Russia decided to repossess the Crimean Peninsula, and looked like perhaps they had their eyes on the whole damned country.  In light of that, we decided to re-examine our choices.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Instead, we decided on Germany.  The longer I stared at the map, the more I decided that this could also include a side-trip into Poland.  Before long, it was all coming together nicely.</p> <h3 class="text-align-justify"><strong>July 4 / 5</strong></h3> <p class="text-align-justify">As we got ready to drive to Toronto for our flight, there was some small concern about whether anyone would be there to put fuel in the plane.  Due to a labour dispute, some flights were being delayed, but thankfully, our flight was ready to go on time.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">We boarded the Lufthansa Airbus, put our legs in the upright position and settled into coach for the long flight to Munich.  It was there that we learned that the Germans don't seem as infatuated with air-conditioning as we in North America are.  As we walked the long, winding corridors of the airport, making our way to customs, we felt the heat, but assumed there had been a breakdown, or renovations... or something...</p> <p class="text-align-justify">We landed in Berlin at last and set out to find the car rental office where I had already reserved a car and a GPS.  We walked along the concourse, convinced it was just a little further until we realized we were back where we started.  The Berlin airport was circular, and after some broken-English inquiries, we determined that the car rental was, in fact, located outside the terminal.</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-img"><img alt="airport path" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b32e9432-0872-4306-8842-4f7bc4c6dbbe" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/airport_path.jpg" /><figcaption>Red: Path walked in search of car-rental office.  Green arrow:  Actual location of office.</figcaption></figure><p class="text-align-justify"> </p> <p class="text-align-justify">The heat was oppressive now, and I'm driving a Czech car on German roads with German traffic signs taking directions from a British GPS.  How multi-cultural!  The car, at least, had excellent air-conditioning, so after a surprisingly gentle learning curve, driving here became a snap.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">We made our way to where we were going to stay for most of the two weeks.  We parked in one of the few available spaces on Eisenzahnstrasse and looked at the unremarkable architecture of the Soviet-era apartment building.  Despite it's unassuming appearance, it would prove to be perfect for us.  A complete one-bedroom apartment with balcony, kitchen, shower, etc.  No air-conditioning.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Though exhausted, and having largely missed a night's sleep, we chose to have only a brief nap and ride out the rest of the daylight hours, figuring this would be the best way to adapt to the six-hour time difference.  When we finally did bed down for the night, the heat was still surprising and we hoped for a break the following day.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="The Berliner Dom" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="2502ef41-69c0-485f-b80f-8e52ca0d8642" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/berliner_dom.jpg" /></p> <hr /><h3 class="text-align-justify"><strong>July 6</strong></h3> <p class="text-align-justify">We awoke and decided that we would spend the day being tourists and checking out this beautiful city.  I had read that parking rates in Berlin were based on their location and desirability.  Seems practical.  Looking at a map, I was able to find a parking lot that, while being inexpensive, was still a reasonable walking distance from the things we wanted to see.  I plugged the address into our British GPS and, tally-ho, we were off on our way.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">We found many fascinating sites and sights as we walked the streets, but I was especially taken with the architecture of one building in particular.  When we approached, a sign told us it was the <a href="http://www.berlinerdom.de/?lang=en" target="_blank">Berliner Dom</a>, and perhaps most importantly, it was open for tours!</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="brandenburg gates" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="76c4d798-edb5-4e71-9bc6-88ed672e9603" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/brandenburg_gates.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">The history here impressed itself through the architecture, of course.  But nothing impressed that span of time on me like visiting the tombs of the dead kings below the church.  With dates going back before the 1500's, one couldn't help but feel overwhelmed.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">We eventually continued our walking tour of Berlin, taking in other sites such as the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reichstag_building" target="_blank">Reichstag</a> and the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brandenburg_Gate" target="_blank">Brandenburg Gate</a>.  By that point, we were feeling the length of the day, our jet lag, and our hunger, so we decided to go back to the apartment.</p> <table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 100%;"><tbody><tr><td width="50%"> </td> <td align="right" width="50%"><a href="https://mikeonline.ca/article_Europe_02">Continue to Part 2 --&gt;</a></td> </tr></tbody></table></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="field field--name-field-linked-locations field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Linked Locations</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/index.php/gallery_Berliner_Dom" hreflang="en">Berliner Dom</a></div> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=795&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="k5n1g4qVLXZvqe3F29e5HvKsV7_zay6QGo8SgwAB0O8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 22 Jan 2019 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 795 at http://mikeonline.ca http://mikeonline.ca/index.php/article_Europe_01#comments Berlin Zoo http://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Berlin_Zoo <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Berlin Zoo</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 01/07/2019 - 15:55</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify"><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_William_III_of_Prussia" target="_blank">Friedrich Wilhelm III</a> of Prussia, had an extensive collection of animals, acquired personally or as gifts from others.  His son, who inherited his throne, did not share this passion.  Thanks largely to the efforts of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinrich_Lichtenstein" target="_blank">Martin Hinrich Lichtenstein</a>, a professor at the Berlin University, animals, land and buildings were donated by the king and in 1844, the zoo was opened.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The zoo developped and grew over the next almost hundred years before the war took its toll on even the animals here.  In 1939, there were over 4,000 animals.  By the end of two bombings, and the subsequent battle for Berlin, only 91 were still alive.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Dr <a href="https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katharina_Heinroth" target="_blank">Katharina Heinroth</a> took on the task of reconstruction, and despite the challenges of the East German communist regime, and later reunification, this zoo has grown to become the attraction that it is today.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">We arrived on the morning of our third day of our vaction in Germany and discovered how difficult it could be to find parking.  However, after a some circling, we were lucky and were able to begin our visit.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">If you come, dedicate the whole day.  It really is quite large, and there is much to see.  I didn't find it as annoying commerical as some zoos I've attended, and despite the heat of the day, most of the animals appeared to be coping well, and all appeared in good health, and good spirits.  In all, we enjoyed our time here and would likely return.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="field field--name-field-linked-to-trip-story field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Linked to Trip Story</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/index.php/article_Europe_02" hreflang="en">European Vacation - Part 2</a></div> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=37134&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="PHuQ3CoS6CgM8MxfFEUfoIMK7MoZsw1X0uKrw5UtrK0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 07 Jan 2019 20:55:00 +0000 Mike 37134 at http://mikeonline.ca http://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Berlin_Zoo#comments Berliner Dom http://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Berliner_Dom <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Berliner Dom</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 01/02/2019 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Inaugurated in 1905, the current cathedral stands on the same site as its predecessor which had been there since 1750.  Designed by architect <a href="https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Carl_Raschdorff" target="_blank">Julius Carl Raschdorff</a>, it cost over 11 million Reichmarks to construct.  The interior included design influences by <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anton_von_Werner" target="_blank">Anton von Werner</a>.</p> <p>The crypt features members of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Hohenzollern" target="_blank">Hohenzollern</a> family dating back as far as the 16th century.</p> <p>We stumbled upon it by accident.</p> <p>Deciding to be tourists for the day, we parked at a reasonably priced lot in Berlin and began walking about, taking in the sights and sounds.  We spotted this cathedral from a distance and I was immediately struck by the architecture and wanted to go in for a closer look.  As we got closer, we were happy to discover that we could go inside, and I immediately began taking pictures.</p> <p>While possibly commonplace for Europeans, a North American such as myself had difficulty grasping the history represented in the crypt.  Five hundred year-old coffins were hard for me to fathom.</p> <p>Despite some damage from the war, partial demolision through the Communist period, and over a century of change around it, the Berliner Dom remains a fascinating, beautiful building that needs to be on your list of places to see if you're in Berlin.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="field field--name-field-linked-to-trip-story field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Linked to Trip Story</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/index.php/article_Europe_01" hreflang="en">European Vacation - Part 1</a></div> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=37132&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="3gR6JK6uFOWqPWZCYD8O7hqdlYfIdfSVogo3OWlNxic"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 02 Jan 2019 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 37132 at http://mikeonline.ca Petites, Newfoundland http://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Petites <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Petites, Newfoundland</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 12/10/2018 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">Founded in the 1840's, Petites, Newfoundland, has been home to generations of weather-hardened souls who made their living on the sea.  By 1859, a methodist church was constructed that later became the Bethany United Church.  There were 212 people living here in 1946, and only 146 by 1956.  In October, 2003, the last remaining residents of the community were resettled.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I had the privilege of visiting the remains of this abandoned town with my father, and spent two days exploring and photographing as much as I could.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Overlooking Petites from a high point." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="07befd68-4938-497d-a154-e55b23cb8e77" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_0645.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">The first day, with the sun shining down, I found a rock on a high place and just sat down.  Looking out over it all, I tried to picture life here.  It took little to imagine children walking the paths from the scattered houses to the lone school house near the church.  One could almost hear the generators running in the power plant, or the workings in the mill across the small harbor.  Of course, one could easily imagine the comings and goings of fishing boats harvesting from the sea to earn a living here in the barren landscape.  With a feel for the place, I set out to begin my task.  I did a quick pass of the whole community, but then focused on the south side of the harbor.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">When I returned for the second day, the fog was holding on, giving everything a magical look.  I went out to the cemetary, and worked my way around to the north side of the harbor, finishing by the afternoon.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="A mist hangs over the general store in Petites, Newfoundland." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="aa136ec0-ec45-487e-b95f-f61e9c53e43b" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_0766.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">While I have been in ghost-towns before, Petites was somehow unique.  Perhaps because relatively little time has passed since the community was emptied, there was a strong sense of the life that was here.  This was a feeling of being able to connect to those who were born, lived and died here.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">My sincere thanks to John and Julia Breckenridge, and Austin Bennett.  Without them, the visit would not be possible.  Even more importantly, without their passion for this community, it's uncertain to me what would remain, or if it all would just slowly slip from memory and return to nature as if it had never been.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="field field--name-field-external-links field--type-link field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">External Links</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/petiteschurch/">Petites Church Newfoundland: Restoration - Facebook</a></div> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title">Comment</h2> <a id="comment-276"></a> <article data-comment-user-id="0" about="/index.php/comment/276" typeof="schema:Comment"> <h3 property="schema:name" datatype=""><a href="/index.php/comment/276#comment-276" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">Spectacular piece of history</a></h3> <!-- /.header --> <footer> <p class="submitted"><span rel="schema:author">Submitted by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Tina (not verified)</span> on Mon, 12/10/2018 - 17:42</span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2018-12-10T22:42:30+00:00" class="rdf-meta hidden"></span> </p> <span class="hidden new" data-comment-timestamp="1544534067"></span> </footer> <div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Absolutely loved the photo&#039;s and the back story that goes along with it. I&#039;m in Australia and have always wanted to go to Newfoundland. Such a stunning little bit of history. Thank you</p> </div> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=276&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="k9Fo1ywBsPr7U-hAFo_4MMxJXRxLRvAMxqiKaNkMC9Y"></drupal-render-placeholder> </article> <!-- /.comment --> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=37122&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="UDZ_f4lseFxtRwK7K36L-mlNOHYfMbwaDt3n1Rccs4U"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 37122 at http://mikeonline.ca http://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Petites#comments MS Norgoma http://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_MS_Norgoma <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">MS Norgoma</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 12/03/2018 - 15:15</span> <div class="field field--name-field-see-also field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">See Also</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/index.php/gallery_SS_Norisle" hreflang="en">SS Norisle</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">Construction of SS Norgoma was completed at the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collingwood_Shipbuilding" target="_blank">Collingwood Shipyards</a> in 1950.  She would join a fleet of ships that provided packet and passenger service around what was known at the time as the Turkey Trail.  This trail started at <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owen_Sound" target="_blank">Owen Sound</a> and wound its way through communities like <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killarney,_Ontario" target="_blank">Killarney</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assiginack" target="_blank">Manitowaning</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Current" target="_blank">Little Current</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billings,_Ontario" target="_blank">Kagawong</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gore_Bay,_Ontario" target="_blank">Gore Bay</a>, Meldrum Bay, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Joseph,_Ontario" target="_blank">RIchard's Landing</a>, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thessalon" target="_blank">Thessalon</a>, and finally arriving at <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sault_Ste._Marie,_Ontario" target="_blank">Sault Ste. Marie</a> in a 5-day voyage.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">She is 175 feet, 6 inches long, has a 36 foot beam, with a 15 foot depth.  She weighed in (at the time of constuction) at 1,434.77 gross tons. and was powered by a triple-expansion steam engine.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt=" Date and location unknown, though clearly before her 1964 refit." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b7551981-e83e-4d8e-9e64-97e7ebca15f2" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/TBRC002905494d3.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">With improvements to the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans-Canada_Highway" target="_blank">Trans-Canada Highway</a> system on Highways 69 and 17, and the construction of a road in to Killarney, demand for shipping along the Turkey Trail dropped off significantly.  On the other hand, demand for ferry service between <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tobermory,_Ontario" target="_blank">Tobermory</a> and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tehkummah" target="_blank">South Baymouth</a> on <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manitoulin_Island" target="_blank">Manitoulin Island</a> was increasing.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">As a result, in 1963, the Collingwood Shipyards refitted Norgoma to carry up to 37 cars.  To handle this additional weight, she also had her steam engine replaced by an 800-hp diesel engine.  She left Collingwood in the Spring of 1964 as MS Norgoma to serve alongside her sister, SS Norisle.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Inside the engine room." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="47701ba4-aee7-44c1-a9af-a75b378605b8" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_0523.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Finally, in the fall of 1974, both ships made their last runs before being replaced by the much larger <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_Chi-Cheemaun" target="_blank">MV Chi-Cheemaun</a>.  Norgoma was towed to Sault Ste Marie and opened as a museum to Great Lakes shipping.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I arrived on a sunny morning, meeting one of the volunteers who selflessly donates his time to the St. Mary's River Marine Historical Society.  As I began to wander the ship, snapping photos and poking around, I couldn't help but notice the similarities between Norgoma and Norisle, her sister in Manitowaning.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="View of the bridge." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="7fbe6f68-360a-450d-bd29-a7f8cab393c3" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_0475.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">I was hoping that Norgoma would help me to better imagine what Norisle had looked like before she was gutted for a new role she would never obtain.  While there were many things the same, Norgoma flaunted her own unique design and style.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I was also struck, in retrospect, by the fact that she was equipped, both as a museum, and in most photos I've seen, with four life-boats.  You'll note from my own photos that those lifeboats had a capacity of 19 people each for a total of 76.  She was originally built with sleeping accomodations for 100...  I assume there were rafts stored elsewhere.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Current photo as a museum ship." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="bfe0339f-64da-4c4f-9cc6-a534581e50c9" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_0366.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">I was dismayed to hear about her current situation, given the apparent fate currently awaiting Norisle.  At the time of this writing, Norgoma is looking for a new home, having been evicted by Sault Ste. Marie City Council. </p> <p class="text-align-justify">My special thanks for their invitation and hospitality go to the hard-working people at St. Mary’s River Marine Heritage Centre who are trying so hard to save this piece of Northern Ontario history.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="field field--name-field-external-links field--type-link field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">External Links</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="http://norgoma.org/">Norgoma Museum Web Site</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-videos-embed field--type-video-embed-field field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Videos</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><div class="video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/v1a7VmvX1yw?autoplay=1&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"><div class="video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5u8Zq-5G_44?autoplay=1&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=37126&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="g8s57mZiQJWMSowmHT27qTI20nSramOUT-fgR-GDjsE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 03 Dec 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 37126 at http://mikeonline.ca http://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_MS_Norgoma#comments The Shoals Provincial Park http://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Shoals_Provincial <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">The Shoals Provincial Park</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 11/26/2018 - 15:15</span> <div class="field field--name-field-see-also field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">See Also</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/index.php/gallery_Greenwater_Provincial" hreflang="en">Greenwater Provincial Park</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">There was a skiff of snow on the ground as we rolled along Highway 101 and pulled up to the closed gates.  As we began walking along the road into the park, I thought back to my earlier visit to Greenwater Provincial Park and wondered if it would be as well preserved.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In little time we were greeted by a ruffled grouse, another similiarity to the aforementioned park.  I was suprised, however, to flush about 5 more before we left.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">It was a beautiful place, and the sites were impressive, but the lack of electrical sites, I'm sure, played a role in its closure.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The 10,644 ha park was established in 1970 with 44 unserviced sites, but the Government of Ontario closed the park in 2012, along with several others, citing poor attendance.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=37130&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="11Ad7dEd41b4OV7_5p9mH15mXJSxVQCmzp5-imRUGA0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 26 Nov 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 37130 at http://mikeonline.ca http://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Shoals_Provincial#comments Greenwater Provincial Park http://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Greenwater_Provincial <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Greenwater Provincial Park</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 11/19/2018 - 15:15</span> <div class="field field--name-field-see-also field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">See Also</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/index.php/gallery_Shoals_Provincial" hreflang="en">The Shoals Provincial Park</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">As one who frequents Provincial Parks for camping, when I heard that there were a few that had been closed, permanently, I knew I would have to take the opportunity to have a look at how nature reclaims these spaces.  I spend a lot of time in Gogama, and that seemed the perfect jumping-off point for a trip to the former Greenwater Provincial Park.  As it turns out, once wouldn't be enough.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">I was surprised by how well everything appeared to be weathering the time and neglect.  The grouse had been taking advantage of the relative safety and seemed to be quite abundant.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The 8,500 ha park was established in 1957, and had been expanded as lately as 2007.  The Government of Ontario announced closure of this, and other parks, in 2012, citing poor attendance numbers.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=37118&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="MjXgm0XROp1v-cdUjBrMJ7E_GCWvo430hZwnt_2wBU4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 37118 at http://mikeonline.ca http://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Greenwater_Provincial#comments Salton Sea http://mikeonline.ca/index.php/gallery_Salton_Sea <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Salton Sea</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/index.php/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 04/23/2018 - 16:00</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify">I arrived in my nice, clean, white, rented Equinox.  The windows were up, and the cool air was coming from the air conditioner.  The sun was shining, and I was loving being away from the cold and snow of Canada.  When I arrived, first at Salton City, I drove close to the beach and stopped.  I looked out over the shimmering water, turned off the engine and got out...  THE STENCH!  Nothing had prepared me for the smell.  Like seaweed and rotting fish, yet somehow much, much worse.  I looked around, noticed that some of the houses were actually occupied and thought, "how do they live with the stench?".</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Salton Sea began as an accident, and it's potential as a vacation resort ended as an accident.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="One of many abandoned buildings" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e36f613d-afaa-468c-bf87-e7b4c0676a0d" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_0154.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">In 1905, the California Development Company attempted to increase the water to the area for farming.  Canals were dug from the Colorado River into the Imperial Valley.  These canals began to fill with silt, restricting the water flow, so the engineers made a cut in bank of the river to divert even more water.  It was too much.  The canal was overwhelmed, and the river flowed freely into a basin for two years before repairs were completed.  This was the birth of the Salton Sea.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">As I wandered the deserted streets of Salton City, and then Salton Sea Beach, it was surreal.  The streets were all there although they had few stop signs, or other types of traffic control.  You could tell that this area was much more built up than it is now, but it was hard to imagine.  Between the heat, the desert sand, and the smell, it was almost impossible to imagine this as it once was; a busy, thriving vacation spot.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Sign for a golf course that was never built." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="dff9f6f6-b220-442a-b70b-c0804a600cca" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_0175.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">The area began development during the late 1950's, early 1960's.  The streets, power grid, and other infrastructure were planned for a population of over 40,000.  With rising water, salinity, and pollution from farm run-off, most properties were abandoned by the 1980's.  It wasn't the end of a dream, because the dream simply never materialized.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">i noticed that Salton Sea Beach seemed to be more about trailers and what most would consider cottages than what I saw in Salton City.  A number of fires appear to have destroyed some of the remaining structures, and graffiti and vandalism are everywhere.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><img alt="Tires inside an abandoned garage." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ccd75efb-c1c1-49a7-a301-fa525ff286ee" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DSC_0198.jpg" /></p> <p class="text-align-justify">With property costs so high in California at the moment, the lure of lots priced from $4,000 each is clearly attractive as the number of permanent residents appears to be on the climb again.  Much will depend, of course, on the nearby employment opportunities, beyond the casino located across the highway.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">As the sun disappeared behind the mountains, I was keenly aware that my time was up.  It was time to head back to San Diego after enjoying my opportunity to check a place off my bucket list.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=37115&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="Tv95u33WoTVUqkfWXgbvzobUhe9l7NcUXL5u5aG6AH0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:00:00 +0000 Mike 37115 at http://mikeonline.ca