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Rolling on the Cobblestones

1. After the Race The sun was going down. The Canadian springtime evening was getting cold. We changed out of our sweaty race clothes, walked towards Rideau Street and watched the sun set behind the hills across the river in the west. Then we wandered to Byward Market for something to eat, settling finally on The Highlander […]

Gatineau Park

Just outside Ottawa across the river in Quebec there’s a wilderness. Turn left after you cross the bridge, drive up the sloping road, and turn right. The city disappears behind you. The forest envelopes you. We went there to hike two trails that the fair and industrious Trudy had selected from the many in the […]

The Kindly Hosts that Brung Us

A Walk in the Park

We left to go for a walk in the park, dad, Khadija, Trudy and I. But the roads and bridges were closed for the full and half marathons. Yet, they have plenty of parks in Ottawa, so there were many possibilities, and we gradually made our way to Andrew Haydon Park on the Ottawa River. There […]

A Bumblebee

In Ottawa, in a park, on a cool sunny day, at the base of a Maple tree, rummaging and buzzing and turning in the grass and pine needles, we saw a Bumblebee. (If you look closely, you’ll see the Maple tree of which I speak.) There used to be Bumblebees here, they say. But I […]

Ducks in Flight

Did I tell you that there were ducks in flight as we drove across the countryside of southwestern Quebec? There were. Two ducks. I saw them as we drove down highway 40 headed west. Two ducks. In flight. Crossing from some place off beyond the woods to the south. Flying to some place off beyond […]

In Ottawa

In Ottawa they have the Parliament and the many-windowed, many towered building where they meet, sitting on the bluffs overlooking the river, the central tower’s patina dancing against the sky under a red and white maple leaf flapping in the breeze. And in Ottawa they have a chateau in the center of town. It overlooks […]

Race Weekend 10K

1. Getting There It was Race Weekend in Ottawa. The 40th. On Saturday, a 2k race and a 5k race and a 10K, too. On Sunday, a half-marathon and the full. We had come for the Lowertown Brewery 10K. Dad and Khadija had dropped us off at our hotel, and at the appointed hour (in […]

Leaving Quebec for Ontario

We left Quebec City with storm clouds gathering. Indeed, as we drove away, leaving behind us the Citadel and Chateau Frontenac and the cobblestone streets of Upper Town and Lower Town we thought we might stop and walk around a bit in the Plains of Abraham. But in those few minutes the weather turned, and the […]

Mallory and the Red Witch

1. The Red Witch “Did you try to check in at the kiosk?” she asked when Trudy and her husband stepped up to the counter. She was wearing a read coat with a silky, poofy scarf tied around her neck. She looked straight at the fair and industrious Trudy. No smile. A grim, blank stare […]