A Week Lost in Trail, British Columbia, Canada

The Ford F150 struggled up Kootney Pass (elevation 5400m / 17,715 ft) in Southern, British Columbia as it pulled the eighteen foot trailer loaded down with radio equipment. Myself and three technicians in two other vehicles had just cleared the last large obstacle before descending down into Salmo, where we would turn south and finish…

A Round of Eighteen at Norwester Disc Golf Course

Yesterday, after work I happily sped off down the street and within fourteen minutes I pulled up to the curb and parked across the street from Norwester Park. This nine hole course has both a main course and an alternative course. The main course is 886 meters long and has is a great challenge for…

Round One at The Hills at Charlesworth Disc Golf Course, Edmonton, Alberta

When a player searches for Disc Golf Courses here in Edmonton only a handful of them appear. Unless you include the greater metro area in which you’ll have to drive a minimum of thirty minutes to reach the town’s of Beaumont, Leduc or Spruce Grove. Edmonton Rundle Park Newster Park Hills at Charlesworth Beaumont 4-Seasons…

A Beginner’s Introduction to the Sport of Disc Golf

Sometime ago, way back in time probably a decade ago there was a place I lived near a desert. One afternoon a man walked into our condo with a bag of plastic discs. These discs had names like Astor, Enigma, Magician and Gremlin. Each disc had a random set of numbers stamped on top 11,…

It’s Moments Like These You Need…

To look down at the world around you and admire the imperfections below your feet. Remember all the cracks that you’ve really enjoyed during your years here on the planet. It’s Moments Like These You Need… To look around you and find beauty in an obtuse subject matter to which you will be enlighten along…

Modern Flight, a Tutorial in Flying a Drone

On Christmas morning it took 22-minutes of unwrapping presents from my family in order to receive my mini-first person drone called Tello. Tello is small, small enough to fit in the palm of my hand (albeit I’ve a pretty large palm). From the first flight on top of our bed, to the moment I wrapped…

Where Have You Been? Part Deux

The original story “Where Have You Been?” was published on May 17, 2020 with a total of 1,345 words, which included scandalous information and a sordid story about my epic whining about why I still had to work whilst everyone else was sent home to enjoy their houses, children and families during this epic COVID-19…

A Grape Escapes Wine Tour in Okanagan Falls, British Columbia Canada

Usually every April the wife and I, spend about 10 days taking a road trip down to the Okanagan Valley in southern British Columbia to celebrate our anniversary, and what better way to do that then exploring wine country! In 2019 we opted to take a wine tour through Grape Escapes Wine Tour Company and…

Crowning of a Champion

Just before heading out the front office door to sit at the nearby green plastic picnic table to eat lunch, I overheard a conversation between colleagues talking about one of their fathers just having knee replacement surgery. And that he is now in recovery with 20 something screws in it. This made me think about…

Summer Excitement at Edith Cavell Glacier

Earlier in the week we were expecting our return journey on Saturday July 4 to consist of breakfast, a stop for fuel in the townsite of Jasper and the three plus hour drive back to Edmonton. Whilst at Sunwapta Rocky Mountain Lodge, we learnt a section of the Snaring River just east of Jasper had…

To Unplug or Not to, That is My Question

Last night twenty people I know came out to have dinner and attend a comedy show. It was a swell time filled with laughter, humility, heckling and the most amazingly delicious homemade cake that my friend Abiola made in her #kejisbakery. During dinner I noted 75% of the time people were surprisingly not on their…

Mud and Trail, a Slippery Biking Adventure

Today’s great adventure started with two sunnyside up eggs, bacon, sausage, hashbrowns and toast followed by packing our mountain biking bags and prepping the bikes for the journey. Last night we were informed the trail out to Big Bend has a few mucky spots due to the rain over the past few days. The 6.5…

The Albertan Highway of Waterfalls

Coming out of Canmore you chuck a left onto the TransCanada Highway #1 within five minutes of entering the highway you will pass thru Banff National Park entrance. With our annual pass already on the rear view mirror you’ll proceed 24 kilometers to the three exits for Banff! But since you’ve been there done that…

Trotting Around Canmore for Canada Day

The plan was hatched over last night’s tequila exploration at Cabeza Grande followed by Marg’s at 1809 Tavern on Main Street, in Canmore. The expectation to wake early about eight in the morning then head over to Chez Francois for a breakfast. After that pickup our local friend Kate and some cash then start the…

Please Do Not FLY Your Drone in the Park

Sitting at Chez Francois awaiting what will be our next awesome breakfast meal, I’m catching up on some light literature by reading the Parks Canada website surrounding the use of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) also known as drone. Yesterday, after our exploration of the Lake Minnewanka trail system, I pulled over near this amazingly…

A Business Class that I’ll ALWAYS Pay For

There is restaurant in Canmore called Cabeza Grande, along eighth street, its a can’t miss location for Tacos, Burritos and TEQUILA! Okay, its more about trying a variety of tequilas for us tonight and the flight of four chosen as Business Class Flight. Business Class Flight consisted of; Cabo Wabo 100% Agave Blanco Montelobos Mezcal…

GT or Not to GT that is the Question?

Simply put I’m a research hound. When the time comes to buy a new object I spend countless hours reading over the specifications, digging into the history of the object, what are the pros and what are the cons, what is the current pricing, what is the history behind this object, is it new, has…

Preparations for Mountain Week

Six hours ago, I spent twenty-five minutes preparing a list of what to bring versus what not to bring on a week long hiking, mountain biking excursion which will take place for three-days in Canmore, Alberta just outside of Banff National Park followed by a couple days in Jasper National Park at a Sunwapta Falls…

California to Colorado, a 1996 History Lesson

PART ONE This story began in August 1996 a few months after I had graduated from a 2-year community college with my first post secondary degree in broadcast journalism with an emphasis in visual communications. Twenty-years of life and it all fit inside a bankers box, a backpack and a duffel bag. Those prized possessions…

A Travellers Jumping Off Point

Part Two The success story begins in August of 1997 when Bolger started his fourth year of his history degree. In contrary my own degree was suffering and by December I needed to get the fuck out of dodge. Packing up a small duffel bag and pulling together a care package consisting of twelve-Colorado micro-brewery…

Lost in County Meath, Ireland a search for Brú na Bóinne

After breakfast we thanked our host, packed the VW Passat, turned West onto country road 125 (CR125) and drove off towards our first destination deep within the Boyne Valley some 43-kilometres away. For this international trip the wife had her nose down for at least six-months scouring resources about Ireland, the activities, the Irish heritage,…

Seven Months of 4×4 Research

Between August and December 2019 I was studying for the project management professional designation and during this same period of time I started heavily researching details about a new Toyota 4×4 vehicle. I knew there were three available options to consider: 4Runner, FJ or Tacoma. A few years back I wrote an article called my…

Where Have You Been?

There’s a window in time where you look down and several minutes later you look up and a few months have passed by. Its this surreal feeling to realize that time has washed away from the landscape in front of you. That’s how I’m currently feeling. Hi, it’s me… I’m back ? Well sort of……