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Monthly Archives: July 2010

Train à Vapeur to Wakefield #3

Sat, 31 Jul 2010, 09:36 AM (-06:00)

Ok, let’s finish this steam train story. The four of us enjoyed the train ride in our little coach room with a light breakfast served as the woods and river rolled by outside the large window.     (Apologies to Khadija for capturing her out of focus.) And after about and hour and a half […]

Train à Vapeur to Wakefield #2

Fri, 30 Jul 2010, 09:13 AM (-06:00)

Ok, I’m falling behind. Let’s pick up where we were last time. Maybe we can catch up. The four of us were sitting around a table in our coach room with a big window looking out on the woods and the Gatineau River. The trees were green. The sky was blue. The wild flowers were […]

Train à Vapeur to Wakefield #1

Tue, 27 Jul 2010, 09:11 PM (-06:00)

One morning we left Ottawa after breakfast for Québec across the Ottawa River for Gatineau. We had a reservation for the steam train to Wakefield. As I have been doing (thus far to no complaints), I took my camera. We bought tickets at a small building surrounded by gardens of blooming flowers while the engine […]

Finally Leaving Work Behind

Mon, 26 Jul 2010, 07:04 AM (-06:00)

I had a dream last night—about work. Here we are in summertime Ontario, and I had a dream about work. It wasn’t a particularly happy dream. I was getting left behind. Meetings were being called, and I wasn’t invited and had to show up myself. A summer student was getting assigned work that I was […]

A Detour on the Road to Ottawa

Mon, 26 Jul 2010, 05:06 AM (-06:00)

We took a detour on the road to Ottawa, leaving the 401 for Prince Edward County (not to be confused with Prince Edward Island, which of course is of far, far away). Our detour took us down a two-lane road running thru farmland with apple trees and grape vines and corn and amber waves of […]


Sun, 25 Jul 2010, 08:04 PM (-06:00)

He waved us in from behind the window, motioned for us to come in and held out a plate with salad and potatoes and round bread filled with meat. “Today’s special! You get this and a drink,” he said. The place was tiny, the back half of what obviously used to be a single restaurant, […]

Trudy and Dave

Fri, 23 Jul 2010, 11:32 PM (-06:00)

Having fun. Wish you were here.

Our Faces Got Wet

Fri, 23 Jul 2010, 11:15 PM (-06:00)

As it happened, thanks to the labor of the Fair and Industrious Trudy, our full day at Niagara Falls included three things for which we needed rain slickers. 1. Under the Falls On the Canadian side, they have tunnels that lead into the rock to several places behind the falls. They give you yellow rain […]

Fireworks at the Falls

Fri, 23 Jul 2010, 10:15 PM (-06:00)

We were talking about Niagara Falls. Let’s continue where we left off… On Wednesday our plan was to watch the fireworks and catch the bus back to the hotel. But although the fireworks start at 10:00pm, that’s also when the last People Mover bus leaves. We had a dilemma: (1) watch the fireworks (and walk […]

Waiting for the Fireworks

Thu, 22 Jul 2010, 08:21 AM (-06:00)

We had dinner on the terrace overlooking the falls and got a seat right at the edge—something that only comes to those who are so ready to eat that they show up before the rush. And frankly, we were very ready to eat. From our perch, we were able to watch the rainbows come and […]