10 Things to Do THIS Summer in Central Alberta Canada

Eli Gordie

What are potentially the Top 10 Things to Do This Summer in Central Alberta, Canada? Well, really there should be a list of about 100 things to do in Edmonton and the Metro surrounding area. Of course "metro" is a loose term since really the next biggest town with a population over 100,000 people is 2-hours …

From the Dentist Chair to the Desk Chair

Here's the deal... I live along main street in small town with a population of 14,000 people. When it is not business hours the main street is like a ghost town. The best thing about this small town is that I have the dentist and optometrist across the street. So, whenever I book an appointment, I …

Did Someone Say “May”?

The best thing I can say is... what happened to April? No. Seriously... where did it go? Okay, so, I failed to post as many articles as I was hoping to. Which coincidentally seems to be my pattern over the last couple of years. Super strong start in January. Pretty well in February. Petering out …

Wandering through Edmonton’s Ice District

Sitting down on the passenger seat of the wife's Hyundai just after 6:00pm, as a light snow is being dispensed from the sky outside. Up and out of the parkade we go drifting into the white fluffy atmosphere. Pulling onto 53rd Avenue she comments about the slippery surface below us as we embark on our …

Reflection on Implementing the Workout Journal

Last week, I made it a point to purchase a 4″x5″ spiral notebook to be a Workout Journal, it held the exercise plan for the week. It assisted in getting out of work and into the gym by approximately 5:30pm each evening. I had a strategy for getting to the gym, warming-up, workout and cool down. This …

15-days of Reuniting with Gym

Yep, you read that title correctly. I have just spent the last 15-days getting reacquainted with the place where people go to work off fat, build a healthy heart, increase muscle tone and definition. My life at the gym looks like a rollercoaster ride in any theme park across the country. There are the low …

Top 10 Things to Bring on an Airplane

This is not really easy to talk about as its still kind of a sore subject between my significant other and myself. Last year we decided to pass on a trip to Cuba and instead took an 8-day self-guided Fly & Drive Ireland trip. The trip itself was AWESOME! And we both highly recommend going to Ireland. However …

A Sunday Afternoon Walk

Earlier today, I went for a stroll around town as our weather is magnificent for a February. It's above zero degrees Celsius which is unheard of around these parts. Literally, it nearly broke the historical records for highest temperature which was set in 2006 at 11.6C (or it could be global warming?) take your pick. …

This Guys Perspective: Laptop or Tablet or Hybrid

Here it is, this guys' perspective on buying a laptop or tablet. Let's do a quick run down of computers that I have owned in my lifetime, which will totally give me a bias towards laptops. I had my first desktop back in my first year of college. I bought it off a graphic design …

Friday Afternoon near O’Connell Street, Dublin, Ireland

Thanking the bus driver, we stepped on to the sidewalk, amongst the noisy 4-lane thoroughfare. It was packed with people, bicycles, double-decker buses and rows upon rows of brownstone buildings one next the other. Welcome to O'Connell street! Its one of the busier streets in the heart of Dublin. Unsure of which direction to head, we …

The Flying Canoe Volant

It's the firsr year I'll be attending the Flying Canoe Volant festival in Mill Creek Ravine near Rutherford School.  I am willing to meet the public and face the people to see what this festival is all about?  At the moment I know three things  Its about the mixing of 3 cultures Metis, French Canadian and First …

Ghost Town

Finishing our third game of Dominion Intrigue at 12:19am Sunday morning. My head still sneezing for three-hours now, the sinuses clogging with clear fluids as my nose slowly gets worse. Standing up we go in search of a medicine cabinet. My wife begins digging and reading labels in her parents bathroom seeking out cold and sinus medication while …

Go to the Gym and Get some EXERCISE!

About two months ago, I saw the doctor. His advice, "Go to the gym and get some exercise." Well that's pretty easy, since I am a member of the YMCA of Northern Alberta. Then thing is, is I have been irregularly going to the gym for about 2-years now. I go and play floor hockey, shoot …

Swords to Dublin via Public Express Bus

After spending most of the morning dealing with the Rental Car and learning how to adjust to the TDI Blue Motion Automatic car which disengages the engine every time you stop at a street light or stop sign, we finally made it to our first bed & breakfast; San Augustine B&B. A quick chat with …

We Can Hit the Trails Together

Let me take you on a journey, back, back, waaaaaay back, to nineteen-eighty-five to where this assorted tale begins. You see I grew up in a house with 2-siblings; one older and one younger. Yep, I was the middle child (& still am), and I was always trying to keep up with the older brother, yet be …

Food Prep, It’s a Sunday Afternoon Thing

It's 1:22pm on Sunday afternoon, I sit here typing into the blog when I hear, "Hey James, what would you like to eat for lunch this week?" my wife asks. She's all dolled up in her Brazilian cooking apron, she's getting ready to read recipes, plan the weekly food schedule, prep the veggies, tofu and spices then …

Discovering Southern British Columbia, Canada

There are three things road trip travellers should know about when it comes to driving to British Columbia from Alberta. First, it is approximately 5 to 8 hours away from you, depending on where you reside in Central Alberta. Second, always pack a cooler full of food because you never know if there will be …

As the Wheels Turn

Left foot presses down on the clutch and it goes inward as my left hand moves over the shifter knob and moves it from 1st gear into 2nd as my left foot departs the clutch and my right presses on the gas. The RPMs begin to climb 2300, 2400, 2500 just as our tires bounce over a …

How Did We End Up Here?

Standing at the end of the conveyor belt my pointer fingers are curled through the belt loops on both sides of my shorts. Patiently I am waiting for a grey bin at the end of the belt. As it now holds all my belongings: belt, wallet, passport and backpack. The TSA X-ray Analyst is peering at …

Somewhere East of Toronto

The plane gently rolls along the tarmac taxiing into position at Toronto International Airport (TOR) as the Co-pilot briefs the staff to brace themselves as the plane begins to generate speed. As the wheels roll faster and faster down the asphalt until its nose pushes the air out of its way peaking off the horizontal-plane along the tarmac …

Rental Wheels… Wonder What We Got?

Being defeated by land, air and long-distance travel before you reach the rental car counter was lesson number 2 this morning. We'd been traveling since 05:36am yesterday morning and my wife had only the briefest of naps along the journey. I tried persuading her into using an extra pair of ear plugs, or switching seats …

An Average Sunday Morning

Tick-tick-tick the seconds round up the clock until the arms strike 12. It's midnight in our home and the view down to the street is veiled in a thin sheen of melted snow. Turning the knob counterclockwise on the lamp its bulb slowly fades, dimmed then darkness. Our drapes leak light through the white tree-pattern …

Hello 2017… into the New Year

5, 4, 3, 2, 1... Happy New Year!!! The celebrations happen annually on December 31, of any given year, people around the world celebrating the end of the last year and ringing in the new year. They review their previous year, what they were involved in? What they brought to the table? How they built …

Really… It is November!

Okay... so I have been slacking off during the summer months, collecting my thoughts, getting geared up, going into the mountains, traveling about the countryside, sharing my ideas with anyone and looking for the next Road Trip, in my schedule. What I failed to do is write in this blog. What I can tell you, …

The Formula for Travelling with Less Luggage

The formula for travelling with less luggage begins with a list of questions for you to think about when you need to pack your luggage for your domestic or international travels. This formula began to develop with every trip I personally took to the airport as I observed other travellers and their relationships with their luggage. …

Luggage and the 12-hours before Departure

In 12-hours, the car will be packed with carry-on luggage consisting of one backpack, one 19-inch roller and a small messenger bag. If you actually saw these items, sitting together in the airport then you might just imagine all of this luggage belongs to a single traveller embarking on a vacation or a business trip. Of course, …

Getting Lost in 2-way Portable Radio Communications

In passing through the web, you may have accidentally come across the term "ham radio", and like myself you probably ignored the term and just kept on surfing the web. As it turns out, about four years ago, I started working for a small telecommunications company whose sole purpose is selling 2-way radio networks, designed networks, …

2-Way Radio, the Hub of Communication

It all started a few years back when I applied for a job at a small telecommunications company which primarily services 2-way radio network clients, digital infrastructure, and building radio networks. Back then, I was a lowly clerk, learning the ropes from inside a warehouse, understanding day-to-day operations, invoicing and having an extremely small understanding …

A Discussion on Concussion

I was going to write something about something and then it turned into nothing about nothing. So here I am just typing to type because my computer is on and the page is before me. The discussion was going to discuss the phenomena which is "Resolutions at the gym" and how proud I am of …

What to do when Temperatures Dip Below Zero Degrees?

Bauer

From mid-April to mid-November, all across Alberta there are hundreds of blue ponds which residents and visitors attend to for recreational purposes. These ponds and lakes are used by outdoor enthusiasts who will canoe, kayak, boat, fish, swim, hydroplane, scuba dive and more throughout the year. And when the temperatures dip below zero degrees and …

In Rings a New Year 2016

The days of large house parties, tons of random strangers, glasses full of bubbly and half-naked party goers has come and gone for this guy. Over the last 8-years, those glamorous NYE parties, challenges of meeting up with everyone; on one night and the undetermined location of sleep? Has eradicated itself from my life. These …

Winter Activities in Central Alberta

In Central Alberta, winter can arrive in early October sometimes as late as December. Around this part of the country, you can nearly predict, the week the weather is going to change as the temperatures drastically dip and the first Arctic blast crystallizes the beauty of Autumns' leaves. When I traveled overseas there was always this gradual change …

The Return of a New Year

Nearly three-hundred and sixty-five days ago, I sat on my couch, as I am doing right this very moment trying to decode how the previous year went. Did I meet my expectations? Did I accomplish my goals? Did I linger too long on one objective and forget another? Reviewing the previous year is always a …

The Parking Lot

Drawing on the last bits of energy from another long and exhausting week at the office, my right hand picks up the wireless mouse, turning it over to flick off the power button. I set the mouse into the top drawer on top of pens, board markers and the office toothbrush. It's an idealistic gesture at …

Weight

Over the course of my life, I have struggled time and time again with my weight. 80% of the time, I am a lean 200-pound guy, who enjoys working out, playing sports and eating healthy. Between July 2009 and November 2011, I breathed and lived fitness. I was a fanatic. I spent countless hours at …

Untitled Composition

These eyes are fixated on the last sliver of space between the edge of the clouds and the horizon line. Ultra-violet shades of blue-green shimmering as the final glow of the day disappears. It feels like neglect watching those final minutes of time settle out of reach. Its just another realization of yet another fallen day. …

How Do You Kick Start Your Morning Coffee?

Here's the thing, everyone makes their coffee in a unique way. For instance, my wife precisely measures out each "heaping" scoop of medium blend Columbian coffee dumping it into the drip coffee maker's white paper pouch and smoothing it out to an even consistency so that when the water drips through the machine onto the …

If You Sold Everything You Owned What Would You Do?

Every traveler, I have ever met, at some point has made the same mistake and will always tell you, that they'd make that same mistake again; "I sold everything I owned, packed my clothes, bought a plane ticket and left my home country." It's the traveler's code that one most live by, selling all your …

Slippery Slope of Standards

It's without pretension in my voice that I tried to move away from the kitchen table at 9:02am but my arse was glued to the sticky cushion after breakfast. Tired beyond recognition, I sat facing another long Saturday without plans. Reviewing the two novels resting on the dilapidated kitchen table, my brains pondering how I …

New Year’s Eve Antics

Hunkered down in the front seat she sat looking out the passenger window examining the frosted poplar trees and his crisp breath. Her ugly sweater peaked out from inside her winter jacket. Quietly she rolled down her window. Pausing she held her own breathe, as she watched him tear apart a piece of cardboard. Thereupon he …

Kids Roping Competition at the 2013 Rainmaker Rodeo

Around 2:00pm in a light drizzling rain at the St Albert Rainmaker Rodeo on Saturday May 25th the announcer introduced 8-teams from throughout Central Alberta competing in the Kids Roping Competition. As this was my first time ever witnessing this event, I decided on the spot to capture the action using my video camera rather …

Get the Gear You Need for the Adventure You Seek

Can you smell that? Yep, its Spring showers... and just around the corner are long Summer days filled with blue skies, gigantic white marshmallow clouds and really long daylight hours. All the more reason to stock up now with the latest recreational gear and gadgets. A couple of years back, while  I was living in …

Friday Night – Bonfire

Its a simple concept: get a few friends, find a piece of land where there are no fire bans, gather up kindling and wood. Then neatly stack your supplies near your fire pit location. Next begin to build a tepee like structure from your kindling and wood supplies. Stuff the inner section with a bit of fire …

Healthy Eating

The ultimate concession is getting yourself situated in a mind set where you understand that Nutrition plays as BIG a part as getting yourself to the gym. You need to learn to build a routine based both around the gym and around what you are putting into your body. There are 1,000 or more different …