Saturday, July 30, 2011
My cousin and her family just returned from a week at a cottage near North Bay, Ontario. I love this picture and she kindly allowed me to post it here. It shows everything I enjoy during our Canadian summers...water, beautiful skies and sunsets, bonfires and good company. And the moon is just a spectacular bonus.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
We have now had Raven for 6 weeks and she is growing quickly, gaining 2-3 pounds a week. We could hardly believe how much she changed in the two weeks we were away on vacation. Our vet laughed when he saw her this week for her last puppy shots and figured she was about half way grown. At four months she weighs 38 pounds and stands 24" tall. As a cross-breed, there is no way to accurately predict her adult size.
She is well behaved, affectionate and friendly with other people and dogs but we do plan to enroll her in obedience school at the end of the summer. She does have a willful streak and needs to learn to listen 100% of the time. Right now it is too hot to work hard as we enjoy a midsummer heat wave, thankful for a well-cooled home to rest in after a romp at the dog park.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
I took hundreds of pictures on our trip across Canada and am still in the process of organizing them. I put about 300 of them in this 20 minute slideshow for people who may be interested in a broad overview of the territory we covered. (The imbedded slideshow does not appear to work well on this site. Here is the link to the movie on You Tube. I will have to try and fix this page after work.)
Thursday, July 14, 2011
|Totem at Duncan BC|
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
Our lodgings on this trip have been comfortable but unremarkable. Yesterday we pulled into 3 Valley Gap Chateau just outside of Revelstoke BC for the night and wished we could have stayed in this scenic spot for a week. The gardens were beautiful and the mountains rose above us on all sides. On a seemingly vertical rise of rock behind the hotel, we spotted a black bear. In the morning there was a female and two cubs in the same spot.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
We visited Lake Louise AB this morning under heavy, grey skies. The mountains were beautiful and the masses of Icelandic Poppies blooming around the Fairmont Lake Louise Hotel caught my attention. I have never seen poppies in so many colours.
|Lake Louise AB|
Saturday, July 09, 2011
|View from the top of Sulpher Mountain near Banff, Alberta|
|The walk to the peak of Sulpher Mountain|
Friday, July 08, 2011
We are at the Calgary Stampede all day today and I will not be on the internet this evening. We stayed in Medicine Hat, Alberta on Wednesday night and the entire front lawn was taken up by a colony of "gophers". Gopher is a general term used for a number of burrowing rodents and I do not know what exact species this is. The hotel receptionist told us they were not prairie dogs. They were amusing to watch but I am sure no one would want 100 or so living in their yard.
Thursday, July 07, 2011
|The Calgary Tower|
Bottom left: Calgary Saddledome Bottom right: Glass floor of the Calgary Tower
|A visit to CFB Moose Jaw - Maryse Carmichael second from the left|
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
|Red River at The Forks in downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba|
P.S. My computer time is limited to public internet locations in the evening so I will have to catch up on other blogs when I get back to Ontario.
Monday, July 04, 2011
|Northern Ontario Mascots|
We finally made it to the Ontario-Manitoba border this afternoon, 1823 km from our home. It is exactly the same distance from our house in south-western Ontario to Jacksonville, Florida. We are spending the night in Winnipeg, Manitoba and go on to Regina, Saskatchewan tomorrow.
Many northern Ontario communities have decreasing populations as some pulp and paper mills and other industries have closed down. The economy is definitely hurting in many locations and summer tourism is very important for local businesses. Some towns have famous (or infamous) mascots which remind me of statues of patron saints or deities in other countries like Mexico. Today's postcard shows some mascots we met along the way.
Top left: The Wawa Goose- Wawa, Ontario
Top right: Maximillian Moose- Dryden, Ontario
Bottom left: Family of Bears- Sault Ste Marie, Ontario
Bottom right: Husky the Muskie- Kenora, Ontario (a very beautiful town!)
Sunday, July 03, 2011
|Terry Fox Memorial just east of Thunder Bay, Ontario|
|Bonus Postcard-Lake Superior near Wawa ON|
Saturday, July 02, 2011
|The St.Mary's River- Sault Ste Marie Ontario and Sault Ste Marie Michigan|