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Kingston 2014
Kingston 2014

This is my favourite photo of Kingston.  Yeah, I know, it’s been doctored with some silly Photoshop antics, but it manages to captures the uniqueness of the city in a manner that only someone who has lived there would appreciate.  The old S&R department store, a mainstay of downtown Kingston closed in 2009, but has […]

Alaska Highway/Liard Hot Springs – Winter 2012
Alaska Highway/Liard Hot Springs – Winter 2012

The Alaska Highway is arguably the most interesting built piece of the Northern Rockies.  I’ve had the opportunity to make a few runs as far as Liard Hot Springs (about 250km north of Fort Nelson) but didn’t have the time (or rationale) to run up to the Yukon border, which would involve another 250km.  Similar […]

Long Weekends in Fort Nelson
Long Weekends in Fort Nelson

“A guy in Fort Nelson without a truck is like a hipster in New York without a fixie”…how is either suppose to get around and look cool doing it? My old Dodge has been receiving some auto body TLC following a series of unfortunate vandal events a couple of months ago and I’ve been making […]

Flower Springs Lake–Northern Rockies
Flower Springs Lake–Northern Rockies

It’s possible that there may be a bounty of flowers in and around Flower Lake during certain times of the year, but I was not able to see too many.  A return in late September might be able to capture some of autumn colours, although I’m told that the change is often very rapid.  Flower […]

Sunset Smoke
Sunset Smoke

Shot near Mile 351 (Steamboat) on the Alaska Highway around 21:00, 19th of August.  It’s been a hot fire season this summer with a good number of blazes clearing out the forests in northeastern British Columbia. The smoke has cleared off this past week.

Baba Canyon–Northern Rockies
Baba Canyon–Northern Rockies

Approximately 10km west of Summit Lake at Mile 337 (610KM) is the short Baba Canyon day trek.    

Mt. St. Paul– Northern Rockies
Mt. St. Paul– Northern Rockies

On the northern edge of Stone Mountain Provincial Park, BC, just off Mile 392, Alaska Highway. It’s like Jasper/Banff…without the people. Cool Rocks Tasty water Lost erratics Limestone cap – 2100m – Flower Lake in the distance (Mt. St. George) Middle Earth I was out this way again today and almost killed myself on the […]

Last weekend of the season!
Last weekend of the season!

Just about ready to blast out to the hill for the last couple days of the 2012 season!  The slush cup awaits, as does my first BCIT examination on Monday…soils…booo. Going to try out Pilsner Urquell this weekend.  Apparently it is the original pilsner beer and thankfully isn’t spelt the same way as Steve Urkel. […]

Pineapples II
Pineapples II

Pineapple season (missing photo) was always something I looked forward to during the Nanjing days (most the few posts have been referencing times past…must be feeling nostalgic).  Arriving by the dump-truck load, the pineapples would be piled into every nook and cranny of your local street fruit/vegetable merchant.  A whole pineapple would set one back […]

Earth Hour 2012–Fail

The criticisms of Earth Hour are quite scathing and I generally agree with many of them.  Still, might as well try to do something. Despite the slacktivistic nature of Earth Hour, choosing to observe it in a genuine fashion can be difficult within even the most progressive communities, and thus, damn near impossible in a […]

2012–Dragon
2012–Dragon

As good coin continues to be sunk into this website, it probably is good form (in the spirit of fiscal responsibility) to actually use it, lest it become yet another cobweb.  As previously noted, I have yet to really pull together any real purpose although I believe it might lean more toward the local, with […]

HWY37N
HWY37N

It has been a rather long time since I fired up MS Writer 2011 (a very underrated program, IMHO) and hammer out a blog post. One of the more exciting aspects of working for TRAN are the emergency operations (floods, fires, quakes etc.) that one is often required to respond to.  In roughly five months […]

Open Ski Maps
Open Ski Maps

Just when you thought I couldn’t become any more of a map geek, I go pull something like this.  Openpistemap.org is another open source, wiki style mapping project out to usher the world of skiing into convenient online map format.  It operates using OSM data, but adds a few more rendering options in the side […]

Open Street Map
Open Street Map

In addition to eating my way through Neal Stephenson’s gigantic Baroque Cycle hyper-marathon, one of my ‘stay sane’ activities over the past eight months has been heavy involvement in the Open Street Map project. Essentially OSM is a user-generated online slippy map, along the lines of Google Maps.  Features are added by users using licensed […]

Taylor, BC
Taylor, BC

I have probably watched more television since returning home then I have in the past ten years.  My years of television absence was largely the product of laziness in the sense that I was too much of a couch potato to actually go out and buy a television set, opting instead to watch downloaded films, […]

Around the House – Summer 2010
Around the House – Summer 2010

Moose family on Gantahaz Road. Morfee Mountain Summit looking East toward the Pine Pass and Powder King.  One positive of the recent recession was the make-work-project initiated to clear trash off the mountain and old vehicles from the bottom of the bowl.  People still feel the need to litter as evident by the numerous empty […]

Climbs with dog
Climbs with dog

Raven is not really my dog, but we are getting to know each other quite well and she can hold her own on the mountains. Snow patch.  One of the useful aspects of summer snow is that it creates a rather convenient bridge over alpine scrub allowing access to regions that might otherwise be painfully […]

Jasper – May 2010
Jasper – May 2010

Jasper, Alberta is the exchange point between The Canadian and The Skeena, with the latter running between Jasper and Prince Rupert.  I remember when I was about 10 years old I decided that I wanted to live in Jasper.  That hasn’t changed.  Young population with everyone zipping around on mountain bikes.  My kind of scene.  […]

The Canadian 001.03
The Canadian 001.03

The Prairies… Actually, there were more trees then I thought there would be.

The Canadian 001.02
The Canadian 001.02

In China there is a saying that one is not really a Chinese unless they have walked the Great Wall.  There isn’t really a Great Wall equivalent in Canada, but we do have an interesting national train journey. Moving up through northwestern Ontario I received the impression that this section of the province isn’t doing […]

The Canadian 001.01
The Canadian 001.01

May 22-23 2010 – I have no idea where this train is, other than somewhere in northern Ontario and about 12 hours from Toronto.  That could mean an number of locations considering this train has stopped, slowed down and even ran in reverse over those 12 hours.  I don’t think it has run over 100 […]

1434
1434

Either love or hate the ideologies behind big box book stores such as Chapters-Indigo, but one cannot deny that they have some fairly killer book deals when Ms. Reisman is looking to drop some of her older stock.  Yeah, yeah, I know it’s not the public library or fake book shop prices, but hey, 50% […]

Beer Tasting with Big Rock Brewery
Beer Tasting with Big Rock Brewery

Every once in awhile Queen’s Alumni Association holds events such as networking 101, wine tasting and how to tie-a-tie.  I’m already quite good with the double windsor, and I don’t like wine.  There.  I said it. I do like beer and was quite happy when I heard that Big Rock Brewery was holding a beer-tasting […]

Portsmouth Village
Portsmouth Village

Although I don’t really live in Portsmouth Village, I like to say I do.  Technically, I live in Alwington neighbourhood, which is right on the eastern edge of Portsmouth Village.  Close enough.  *tangent* – recently (past three months or so) I’ve noticed that I’m becoming more ambivalent (than usual)  toward planning research.  As identified in […]

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