Oh Canada…

The last time I felt a true sense of peace for any extended period of time was in 2011 when we took a one-month vacation through eastern Canada. That, and a side of royalty is what this post is all about.

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I’m Canadian, We Don’t Do “Proud

I’m pretty sure my roots go back to Great Britain, so maybe that is the reason I have such a kindred relationship with things Canadian. They still have the basic sense of being British engrained in them. 🙂 The quote above is from Martha Atwood who is Canadian and the author of “The Handmaid’s Tale”.

When I heard the quote in the title from her it made me think just how fundamentally different Canadians are from their southern neighbors. That and a photo gallery of my 2011-month-long visit is what this post is about.

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Augmented Realities #5 -Ottawa Reflections

In reality, this picture is more real than augmented. One of the things I really loved about Canada’s national capital is the reflection of the old on the new. That is, glass buildings next to the historical structures. It makes for some very interesting shots. On a side note, when I renamed this “Special Project” to Augmented realities I didn’t know that that was already a defined term. But it does fit perfectly doesn’t it? Continue reading Augmented Realities #5 -Ottawa Reflections

Snippet – Canadian Countryside @ MyView…

With this post, I am instituting a new post category called Snippet.  This is where I send you a short note about what I have been doing.  With this snippet, I wanted to tell you I just added a new gallery over at MyViewOfTheWorld Photo site. I think you just might like it. It is from my 2011 month long trip up the St. Lawrence Seaway. There is some absolutely beautify scenery up there.  Continue reading Snippet – Canadian Countryside @ MyView…

Something About Maine…

There is just something about Maine that makes them different.  Maybe it is the fact that there are basically no roads on the northwestern part of the State.  Maybe it is the fact that they are really more Canadian than American? I don’t understand how we stole that land from Canada in the first place? I have been in Maine a couple of time in the past decade or so. The last time was returning home from Nova Scotia and PEI. By the way, I love Prince Edward Island especially the mussels! If it weren’t so cold up there I … Continue reading Something About Maine…

On The Road – Ft William, Thunderbay Canada

With this post, I am going to try to add more on-the-road trip reports here to RJsCorner. I thought this would be a good project for the 2017-18 winter months. The subject of this post is Ft. William in Thunderbay Ontario Canada which is on the north side of Lake Superior. It is in my top five historic sites I have ever visited. Here is a little background on Ft. William from Wikipedia: Fort William Historical Park is known as a living history site. Numerous historic buildings have been reconstructed to show the range of the post, and costumed historical interpreters recreate … Continue reading On The Road – Ft William, Thunderbay Canada

How About…

 Spouting Off… Being Loud But Not Being Obnoxious One of the things I missed the most about my hiatus from RJ’s Corner is spouting off. It does the heart good to question everything and sometimes put forth a thought or two.  I plan on doing that rather frequently in the future here  on the new/improved blog so get used to it! 🙂 I hear all the latest rumbling (as in ready to explode in a bout of diarrhea) about how the peace accord worked out with Iran is so worthless.  Some seem to think that our only solution to conflicts … Continue reading How About…

Canada and the Volstead Act…According to Will…

Arrived in the Canada capital today. More sentiment here to be annexed by Mexico than by America. They know us too well. If we get any nation to join us it will have to be some stranger. We only have one reason for wanting Canada and a modification of the Volstead Act will eliminate it. Waiting instructions. Will Rogers — 11 October 1926. When we took our extended visit to eastern Canada a few years ago I kind of got the same feeling that Will did almost 100 years ago. Canada is happy to have put off the invasion by … Continue reading Canada and the Volstead Act…According to Will…

An Ode to My Canadian Friends…

Source: Is Canada Too Smug About Its Economic Future? – Businessweek. Over the past four years, Canada has been feted as the country that does practically everything right. Its banks are beloved by everyone from economist Paul Krugman to Moody’s Investment Service (MCO), which rated them earlier this year as the safest in the world. While U.S. politicians bickered for years over free-trade deals with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama, Canadians signed several pacts and launched free-trade talks with 50 other nations. Its economy has grown faster—and its debt has stayed smaller—than its Group of Seven peers. Another success of Canada … Continue reading An Ode to My Canadian Friends…

On The Road — Canada here we come…

We got the great-nephew married yesterday and will be heading north in a few hours. It was an interesting few days visiting with the out-laws, I mean in-laws,but I am more than ready to get this vacation officially on the road. One thing I had forgotten about was the ferocious mosquitoes they have here in northern Wisconsin this time of year! I suppose they will be even bigger in where we are going. Continue reading On The Road — Canada here we come…

Gettin Ready…

Got the HHR serviced and ready to go for our Canada/New England adventure We will be off soon after the Fourth. When I have internet access I will be posting about each day’s experiences. But, given that for the first few days we will be in some pretty sparsely populated areas there may be some unreported days. I’m not sure how much wi-fi there is in Canada so this is all a guess with me. I do know that data roaming in a foreign country is VERY expensive so I won’t likely go that route. We have been in Canada … Continue reading Gettin Ready…