GR 92

GR 92

Andrew and I had hoped to squeeze a day of skiing in the Pyrenees1, but it didn't happen2 So after Girona, we headed to Begur to meet up with Izzy and explore the GR 92, a hiking trail along the Costa Brava. The first section we hiked connects Begur to the Mediterranean. The best part [...]

But wait, there’s more

But wait, there’s more

I've been selfish. I've been writing about my Whistler backcountry adventure, and neglecting to share the great adventures with Phil, Nick, Colin, Heidi, Wendy, Don, Emily and Thomas. In January, Phil and Nick and I rendezvoused in Vermont to ski at Stowe and Killington. Many selfies were taken. And after a stop in Oakville, Heidi [...]

Just back: Cómpeta

Just back: Cómpeta

For our last night we went to IN's home town of Cómpeta, to visit with her dad. We couldn't have asked for a better way to wind up our amazing Andalucian adventure. The next day we left AWB and IN who were heading to Barcelona. We returned the rental car at Malaga airport, and began [...]

Just Back: Granada

Just Back: Granada

Welcome to the city with pomegranates on every bollard. The first batch of pics is just snaps of us exploring the city. The second batch is the glorious Alhambra. Our delightful and enthusiastic tour guide, Beatriz, shows up in a few of the pictures. Since COVID hit, we were only her 4th English-speaking tour. The [...]

Just Back: Sevilla

Just Back: Sevilla

Below please find the first burst of pics from our just completed visit to Andalucía. First batch is out and about in Sevilla, with a couple from the Catedral de Santa María de la Sede, which started, like many churches in the region, as a mosque and ended up being the largest gothic church in [...]

Just Back: Sonoma Coast

Just Back: Sonoma Coast

It was our first non-working vacation since the pandemic started. We flew to California for some hiking, biking and wine-tasting. First stop was the Sonoma Coast, north of Jenner. There was a cold wind blowing at about 1000 kph during our visit to Salt Point State Park. But the flowers were in bloom, and the [...]

Not quarantined no more

Not quarantined no more

It was a good week to be out and about in SW Ontario. And I’m not even talking about the fire, police, ambulance and bomb squad who arrived in the neighborhood on Saturday night to take care of a WWII device discovered around the corner from us. @Etobicoke CreekBirdhouses @Etobicoke CreekHVW + SMB @Etobicoke CreekPrep [...]

2nd Week in Quarantine

Week 2 is not unlike week 1, except I got busy and didn’t take any pictures one day. Quarantine Day 8. Work station upgraded thanks to Don.Quarantine Day 11. FaceTime training session.Quarantine Day 12. Fall mums thanks to Dan.Quarantine Day 13. Best part of Canada. (Not maple syrup, hockey, or the Hip).Quarantine Day 14. We’re [...]

1st Week in Quarantine

1st Week in Quarantine

The rules say that if you cross the US/Canada border, then you must self-isolate for 2 weeks. So we are sequestered in a house that is just a few blocks away from our first home in Etobicoke. We left more than 25 years ago. Quarantine Day 0. At the border. Quarantine Day 1. Did the [...]

Just back: Nantucket

Just back: Nantucket

At work, we worry that people are going squirrely after working from home for 4 months. At home, Heidi and I are going (a little) squirrely. So we decided to get away for a few days to a place that doesn’t require quarantine. If you're fond of sand dunes and salty airQuaint little villages here [...]