Trip Stories

The Trip to Fort George

Gassing up the car.

I set out on an October Sunday morning, ready to begin what I knew was going to be an adventure. Although I had many kilometres between me and my goal, I was eager to begin, and even more eager to arrive. While I was discounting the long drive there as merely an obstacle, I would eventually realize that it was as important as the destination.

Travelling with My Buddy


It was nearing the end of October which, around here, traditionally means you can't count on the weather anymore.  From this point forward any attempt at predictability goes out the window, and Mother Nature makes obscene gestures at the well-learned meteorologists who try to understand what she's doing.  Despite that, or perhaps because of it, I set out to chase down one particular abandonment I feared may not survive the coming winter.

European Vacation - Part 4

July 10 / 11

The next two days were spent mostly in Berlin, seeing and doing things we'd all put on a wish list while planning the trip.  This included sidewalk cafes, a museum of the Cold War, and an art market.  Of course, no trip to a faraway place is complete without a trip to a shopping mall.  So much walking!

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.

European Vacation - Part 5

July 14

Another day of exploring began as we drove toward the community of Beelitz.  We were on our way to take a look around fascinating, and huge, hospital complex that has been here for over a hundred years.  The pictures I had seen online made my mouth water and I couldn't wait to arrive.  When we got there, we experienced a mix of disappointment and happiness.

Sydney Harbour Defenses


Sydney, Nova Scotia, served a vital role in the Allied war effort of World War II. It was a rally point for supply ships and their escorts providing war materiel, and it was a base for the ships and aircraft that helped to secure the routes those convoys would set out on. To that end, the harbour had to be protected against enemy ships or the submarines that were known to prowl the waters in search of targets or military intelligence.