The last week of October we went to Churchill, Manitoba, to see the polar bears. Timing is everything, and we timed it right. The bears were gathering, testing the ice, waiting for Hudson Bay to freeze over so they could hunt for seals, after not eating since the spring thaw. I hoped to see the … Continue reading Polar Bears
Who goes to Winnipeg? We had wondered just that, out loud to our hotel shuttle driver. He was enthusiastic about his hometown, as well he should be, and after a couple days, we were impressed too, with this bustling city and commerce hub they call "Chicago of the North". More Chicago-y than Chicago, perhaps. Of … Continue reading Winnipeg –– Wow!
In July we have a few days and some fantastic eats in and around Toronto. Never heard of poutine, but I see that it is a Canada thing and seems to be offered everywhere. Essential elements: fries, cheese (preferably cheese curds) and a hot gravy or sauce over all. The Doubletree also offers a great … Continue reading Toronto Eats
If you ride, I know you will agree: a great way to meet a new city is on a bike. These photos are from our most recent city tour: Toronto. We choose to stay at the DoubleTree in Toronto because it is within walking distance from the train station and to all sorts of … Continue reading Bike Tour, Toronto
Oh yes, of course we loved Sydney, Australia, but the North American Sydney is worth seeing too. We visited Canada's Sydney (Cape Breton, Nova Scotia), as a port stop on Holland America's St. Lawrence cruise from Montreal to Boston––a short visit that made us want to go back. We disembarked from the ship and our … Continue reading Another Sydney
I love waterfalls. Doesn't everyone? Rating the three grand falls we've seen, I have to say Iguazu is the most impressive. Super powerful. Of course it might depend on the season. In a heavy rain year, flooding of the lower area can cause the falls to be less impressive. Walkways on both the Brazil side … Continue reading Three Falls To See
We feel the first hint of trouble driving I-5 north from the Bay Area toward Oregon. No Mount Shasta to be seen. Not even an outline against the smoke-white sky. September can be the best time to travel––but not after a hot, hot summer in the Northwest. Ashland––what an appropriate name right now––is smoky too. … Continue reading The Fires This Time