Today we drove from Idaho Falls, Idaho to Winnemucca, Nevada, which is roughly 445 miles (716 km). This is a long unexciting section of the journey with very little to look at. The most challenging part was making sure I didn’t run out of gas during the hundreds of miles between gas stations. As with […]
Today we drove from Shelby, Montana to Idaho Falls, Idaho which is 441 miles (710 km). The roads were bare and dry, the weather was good, and there was very little traffic. We listened to more episodes of The Strange Case of Starship Iris and Dear Hank and John. In addition, we listened to a […]
Today, Jamie and I began our trip south for the winter. Jamie is keeping me company, managing all the electronics, reminding me to eat, and generally making the time go by much faster than it does when I do this alone. We drove from Edmonton Alberta to Shelby Montana, 666 km (414 miles). When we […]
Today I enjoyed a nice walk on 108th Street in Edmonton to the Alberta Legislature building. Here are some pictures of the building, a look inside the rotunda, and some of the sculptures near there.
In the fall of 2016 my youngest son and his partner treated me to a trip to New York to see Hamilton. It was a wonderful trip and I think of it often. We saw two shows in addition to Hamilton, and we also saw a lot of the city. Wherever I go, I always […]
Since I suffered a bad fall last spring, I have been trying to gradually get back to my former walking strength. I’m not there yet, but I’m making good progress. I am up to about two miles (3.2 km) now before I need a rest. This week my walks took me to Borden Park in […]
In May last year, my sister Carol and I decided to take a cruise so that we could see her granddaughter Bethany perform as a lead singer in the musical entertainment on board a cruise ship. The shows were fabulous, and we luxuriated in the whole experience. For us, that was the whole trip. As […]
I arrived too early for my lunch date today, so I got off the bus early and walked to a viewing point at the river valley. I had hoped to go down to the riverwalk and take pictures of the fall colours, but the funicular wasn’t working and it was a cloudy, snowy day. So […]
Recently, our nearby 7-11 store closed. The manager had had enough of broken windows and threats to employee safety, so they decided to move. This came as a big surprise to us because we thought 7-11 stores were eternal. Obviously, we were wrong. Our neighbourhood is, mostly, a very pleasant one, with tree-lined streets and […]
One of Edmonton’s treasures is the Muttart Conservatory. Its four glass pyramids have become iconic features in images of the city, and inside them are four unique climates. The gardens both inside and out are always interesting and lovely, but the indoor gardens are probably appreciated most during Alberta’s long winters. There is also a […]
Yesterday, my niece and I took a four-hour whale watching trip and were fortunate enough to see lots of humpback whales and one killer whale. When the day began it was foggy but the sky cleared after about an hour. When I first saw the earliest photos I thought I had accidentally shot them in […]
My niece and I have just spent a delightful day at Capitola. When we arrived my niece was disappointed to see the fog, but I quite liked it. I don’t often see fog, and it gave the whole beach area a romantic aura. In any case, it lifted fairly quickly. We enjoyed a great meal […]
The weather today was glorious, and I enjoyed a walk with my sister and brother-in-law at Lake Cunningham in San Jose. We saw Canada geese, hares, mallards, coots, squirrels, kingfishers, and a white diving bird of some sort. We heard all sorts of different bird songs, and I wondered how many there were. Here are […]
Recently, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing some of the sculptures that are temporarily on display in San Jose’s city centre. They are Tara Mechani by Dana Albany and Ursa Mater by Mr and. Mrs Ferguson, and they originated at the Burning Man Festival last year. (The San Jose Mercury News has written about Tara Mechani here and Ursa Mater here.) Enjoy!
One of the many things I love about San Jose is the generous supply of public art. I have shared some before (here and here) and now I have some more recent finds.
Thousands of us marched this rainy morning in San Jose. It was encouraging to see so many people trying to make the world safer for all of us, but for children in particular.
Today I took part in a walking tour of Coyote Meadows in San Jose. The event was organized by a coalition of interested groups, and they provided information and historical context throughout the 90-minute walk. It was both interesting and provocative. The area was once the site of a brickyard that got its clay from […]
Every year since 2009 I have driven from Edmonton, Alberta to San Jose, California in the winter, and then I do the journey in reverse each spring. I don’t rush. I mostly keep to the speed limits (give or take about five miles per hour), I don’t drive in bad weather if I can help […]
Here are some pictures of wooden boxes that caught my eye. The first one is of boxes that were put on display in a storefront in San Jose, but I’m not sure why. I think they were simply to fill up space, but they are interesting all the same. Perhaps they are there as historical artefacts. […]