What Does a Geodesic Dome and an Apple Orchard Have in Common?

Part Three: Departing out the parking lot of Rustic Roots Winery we turned left onto Highway 3 heading back towards Osoyoos. On the way down to Rustic Roots we spotted a Geodesic Dome on the right hand side of the highway. More than anything I wanted to stop and pull out the drone to take…

An Arrival at the GP Lodge in Osoyoos, British Columbia

Part One: Upon arrival at the GP Lodge we were instantly let into their home and given hello’s and hugs from a distance. It was the beginning of a new COVID-era ritual each morning after rising from our slumber and in the afternoon when we returned from our daily adventures. The GP’s ordered up take-n-bake…

The Man from Argentina and His Ugly Brown Suitcase

It was late in the evening on a Wednesday night when I had just entered back into the men’s locker room after working out with my training partner Mel. As I entered into the room I nearly collided with a man carrying a brown suitcase. His “excuse me”, was ladened with thick syllables and a…

Can 48-Hours Without a Cellphone, Change Your Weekend Habits?

Have you ever stood on a street corner with your phone buzzing in your pocket, or purse and wondered I wish technology didn’t exist, then you answered your phone anyways. Yeah those days have been coming my way more and more as we experience this interesting period of life called “living with COVID”. For most…

How to Complete Eighty Drafts in Eighty Days

This is the most INSANE thing we have ever said to date in a blog post… there is literally EIGHTY DRAFT POSTS started all of them in various stages of completion. Some are just notes or a small list of words, or a topic which one of us was thinking about and popped a note…

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…

A Red Masked Bandit Tells a Story in a Rock and Gem Shop

Whilst I was looking through the three bins of rough stones another guy entered the store. There must have been half-a-dozen people in the shop and the owner went off to provide assistance to other customers. As I stood spraying water onto the pieces and seeing each side light up with a nice polished colour…

Remembering Times Gone By

On January 1, 2012 my wife and I moved into a one-bedroom condo in a small rural Albertan town called Stony Plain, Alberta. We lucked out as this was a newer building with construction ending in 2010. The building had been built to house retirees. However the developer did not plan appropriately when it came…

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…

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…

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…

Karaoke for the Record Books

Sometime time way back in history when we lived in the Southern portion of Alberta in the rival big city called Calgary. A friend talked me into going karaoke singing with her on a Thursday night whilst my wife was working late. Even further back in history I was the kind of guy who went…

What its like to Attend a Police Auction?

While perusing the EBC website, I came across a notice about a Police Auction taking place at Reid’s Auction¬†house, on Saturday June 2 at 10:00am. As it turns out, Reid’s hosts a monthly Police Auction on the first Saturday of every month. They have a viewing the day before from 10am to 4pm and on…

Tis’ the Season for Spring

Well its finally arrived: S P R I N G, flower blossoms are starting to pOp Out of there weathered tree limbs, the ground is slowly unthawing and melting the remainder of snow piles and the glorious thunder of motorcycle tailpipes have exploded onto the roadways. There is a lingering sense amongst us all… as…

A Work Day Trip to Fort McMurray, Should You Fly or Drive?

Last week during our biweekly Friday afternoon project meeting the sales guy says over the speaker phone, “well I will be up there next week on Wednesday the 28th for a walk through for this RFB (request for bid). Perhaps we can meet up to discuss this projects progress and go over a few other…

Unknown Roads Will Take You to Amazing Destintations

There is a place down a roadway which I cannot describe how to get to or get out of. It is a roadway which starts after the turn off for San Augustin and before a very large bridge. I recall there being road marker signs near the side of the road and painted on it…

A Mid-Morning Taxi Ride to Bahia Maguey

Our plan for today was walk down the hill and into the local shopping market to purchase 2x snorkel kits 2x sunscreen bottles 1x sunglasses Then make our way outside to catch s taxi to a nearby beach called Bahia Maguey. This particular beach is about 2 miles from our condo in Santa Cruz. It…

What Constitutes a Successful Fishing Trip?

Everything that I do best happens after 2pm, so when I asked Tony, “what time are we leaving for the dock?” And his reply was “we leave at 6:15am.” I must have winced because his response to whatever gesture my face pulled was, “you said you wanted to go deep sea fishing? Then this is…

Dinner and a Stroll Through the Streets of La Crucecita

Let’s get straight to the point, our condo mates asked us to join them for a nice dinner in the town of La Crucecita instead of cooking dinner in the condo. Everyone showered and dressed for an evening out on the town. After rising this morning Nancy hopped onto a local Facebook page called What’s…

Today’s Lesson Learned is About Adventure Hiking in Mexico

There are rules every hiker knows and should obey when they set out to wander through a bush, forest or land which they are both unfamiliar with and/or familiar with, these rules are; Tell someone who is not on the hike where you are going. This includes approximate time getting onto the trail, how long…

You Make Choices and You Don’t Look Back

It’s a simple mantra, “you make choices and you don’t look back”.¬†One that anyone of you, including myself could follow. I sit pondering the pointless abyss in front of me. It is the space between where I am and where I think I ought to be going. Its the road less travelled. About ten years…

if your mother was a monkey what would you be?

Yep that’s right, I totally wrote this random sentence “if your mother was a monkey what would you be?” into Google Search to see what it came up with? And these are the first three sites which popped up. I should have read further than the intros but this is some really strange entries. And…