Scheduling a Tee-Time at Osoyoos Golf Course with Grandpa

Prior to turning down Sumac Road to drive down to the end of the road and visit Shauna’s favourite vineyard we made a phone call to Grandma to pour the BBQ sauce into the crockpot as the pork shoulder should be about three-quarters cooked and it was time for the saucing. Hanging up the phone…

Uncharted Territory; an Early Start to a Road Trip

Yesterday we rose at 6:45am to the SURPRISE of the wife sitting on the couch reading her morning book. She smiled gingerly when I said “lets try to be out by nine,” I smiled and she starred then she tilted her head touched one of her new Samsung wireless ear pieces and responded, “what was…

A Laundry List of Modifications for a 3rd Generation Toyota Tacoma

Several months back whilst it was still winter outside the wife drove us three-hours south down to Calgary, Alberta as a gesture of good will, as I wanted to view a couple Toyota Tacoma’s at a couple of Toyota dealerships. In the end, I bought a 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport with 64,000 kilometres (39,700…

Are You For or Against the River Valley Project Called Prairie Sky Gondola ?

Late last week, whilst perusing Instagram we came across a comment by a reputable company called Edmonton River Valley and they were praising another company called Prairie Sky Gondola about an architectural rendering about a new facility that Prairie Sky Gondola wants to build in the main core of Edmonton’s River Valley. The stretch of…

Where Do You “Fit” In?

For the last ten-years I have been hearing about a topic which I never really considered until recently. It is the discussion about fitting life or activities outside of work and balancing those activities with the time commitments of work. Some people refer to this as “work/life balance” and others refer to it as “work-life…

A Spring Hike Along a Forestry Road in Nordegg, Alberta

“About eight years ago, my wife and I lived in South Korea and…” I started telling my story to the red masked bandit about this time when I decided to drive out to Nordegg, Alberta Canada to go on a spring hiking trip. Let’s quickly backup… In January 2012 my wife and I moved to…

Is a Good Beginner’s Telescope, the Celestron Travel Scope 60?

Everyone may have heard that recently there was a comet which flew by the Earth in the Northern hemisphere for nearly the entitr month of July. It was called C/2020 F3 or Neowise. I spent my fair share of nights (eight to be exact) searching the sky without success. This weekend we are headed out…

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,…

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 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…

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……

Where is Pictou County Nova Scotia Canada?

It’s been nearly seven days since our arrival in Pictou County, Nova Scotia and this area is truly growing on me with its ultra relaxed atmosphere, traditional and overly friendly people, and the always feeling like your living outdoors. To get here you must fly into either Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) or Greater Moncton…

The Tale of Two Choices, What Would You Do?

“Hmmmm,” I stood in front of the long lineup of men’s mountain bikes drooling and ogling over bikes in the downhill category priced well over my meger budget. “Is there anything I can answer for you,” said the sweet deceptive voice to my left. “Yes there is, just not for a downhill bike. These are…

The Decision to Buy a BBQ Turned into an Unforeseen Adventure (part one)

Three-years ago, I saw this shiny silver two burner barbeque (bbq) sitting on the display floor at the local hardware shop. It was a real eye catcher with its chrome pieces accenting the knobs, temperature gauge and handle. Plus the two-tone paint scheme (silver stripes on black) but what phased me then was its price…

Is the Earth Flat?

You read that correctly, the question this afternoon is about whether the Earth is a globe or a flat surface. About eighteen-months ago a close colleague of mine informed me another friend of his seriously believes the Earth to be flat. We had a conversation about this topic. He explained the basic principles that his…

Rich Valley, Alberta needs Your Support to Save Their Arena

I am requesting YOU, Your friends and your families support in using your unlimited votes this coming Friday March 29th at 10:00am (MST) and to keep voting until Saturday March 30th at 6:30pm (MST). There is a very justifiable reason why I am requesting ALL of your support for the hamlet of Rich Valley, Alberta Canada. In…

An Albertan Ice Skating Experience at Rich Valley Arena

Seven years ago had someone said to me, “Aaron, one day you will learn to ice skate and enjoy it“, I would have wholeheartedly laughed back at your comment. The reason why, I would be laughing is back in my twenties a girlfriend tried getting me into rollerblading. The only thing I experienced then was…

Six Weeks of Summer Enjoyment as a UAV Pilot

It started with purchasing a micro-airplane in June of 2017, when I casually entered the RC shop known as Great Hobbies on the Southside of Edmonton. It was one of those RTF (Ready to fly) $150.00 planes on sale for $79.95 because the model was being discontinued. The best part of RTF airplanes is they…

What is on the Horizon near Sainte-Flavie, Quebec?

“What is on the horizon,” I pointed out the window, “over there behind that building. It looks like driftwood sticking out of the water? Or maybe its an old pier with no boardwalk planks,” my arm now out the window as the wife slowed down from 60kmph to 30. “Your right. What is that?” she…

An Afternoon near Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, Quebec

Arriving just after 3:30pm, several locals in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, Quebec were standing on this pier trying their luck at casting their fishing lines in the hopes of catching a trout, or maybe a perch, or whatever else might be biting in the Saint Lawerence river on this evening. The breeze on the pier was just too…

Head North on Route 299 Beatrice Informed

“The peninsula is an amazing place full of friendly Quebec-Acadians and their history. However if you have a few days before wanting to be in Quebec City than I suggest going all the way around route 132, through the town of Gaspe. Otherwise I would suggest taking 132 until you reach the north route 299,”…

Route 132 along the Restigouche River on the Gaspe Peninsula

Turning right the wife pulled our SUV onto route 132 heading east away from our ending point of Montral towards the unknown Acadian towns along the northern section of the Restigouche river. Minutes passed and we reached the first of many small towns Oak Bay, then twenty-two minutes more it was Pointe a-la Garde and…