Windsor Caboose

After a quick bite to eat, we continued on to rail spur where a couple of rail cars stood neglected.  The caboose, while apparently in good repair, had clearly suffered some damage, and from what I've read, it is unlikely to be resume service any time soon.

It was a fairly short detour, but so worthwhile.  You just don't see many of these anymore.

Fort Chebucto

A short-lived battery, Fort Chebucto was built in 1943, and decommissioned in the 1950's.  Three 6" Mk24 guns were placed here with a range of just under 14 miles (almost 22.5 km) with the idea that, without this battery, and another at Devil's Point, a German battleship would be able to bombard the port of Halifax well out of reach of existing coastal artillery.

Point Pleasant Batteries

It was a sunny, warm day, and we drove into the parking area near the container pier beside Point Pleasant Park.  Only a few moments in, and it was clear that this was a popular place as I watched people come and go, and an almost steady stream along the path.  I got out, map in hand, and set out in search of three particular pieces of history, the Point Pleasant Battery, Fort Ogilvie, and the Cambridge Battery.

Point Pleasant Battery:

Manitoulin House 4

This house was on one of the main roads, and so presented no real challenge in that respect. When I was there, there was no easy POE, but the property itself yielded a number of treasures that included the contents of a barn, some very old farming equipment, an ancient delivery van, and an even older truck that had been converted to drill wells.

Update December 8, 2019:

Vagabond Motel

I had known about this place for quite some time, as I had been visiting nearby several times per year. It hadn't been accessible, however, and I assumed it still wasn't until I saw photos from another explorer, and instantly recognized the place.

Times Square, New York City

No trip to New York City as a tourist is complete without a visit to Times Square.

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.

European Vacation - Part 1


I'll admit it.  This trip was NOT 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.