How Do You Celebrate St Patrick’s Day?

This delicious idea came to us a few nights ago as we were standing in the cooler at Sherbrooke Liquor store starring at the thousands of individual bottles of beer before James and myself. “Dude, we should start a section on the blog where we just talk about beers we are tasting!” I starred down James like he must…

Is Your Sleep Priceless?

Yesterday, I realized on Wednesday of the upcoming week that it would be St. Patrick’s Day!, and that’s when the shitzpa really hit the fan. Yesterday, I realized we only have 5-more months on our lease and then we can release ourselves from living above the boiler room and perhaps I can finally get rid…

Year One Cost of Ownership; Its a Taco Anniversary

Yeah, you read that correctly in four days from this writing the 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport turns One!! on Monday February 22nd!! It’s unreal an entire year has driven by as we’ve trolled around the mean streets of Edmonton, gone back and forth to the Okanagan Valley in lower British Columbia and several roundtrips…

What has One Love, Two Doors and Three Storeys?

On a cold Monday back in January 2012, my wife and I had just begun to settle into our empty one-bedroom, one-bathroom open concept-condo. We had moved half-way back around the world from Paju City, Gyeonngi-do South Korea to Onoway, Alberta Canada. We spent the last two weeks of December 2011 living in the basement…

A Laundry List of Towns We’ve Called “Home”?

It must have been two or three nights ago, I was driving the Tacoma home after work and I started humming along to this hip hop country song or was it a cover by a hip hop artist singing a country song.? When I finally realized it was a remix of a country beat with…

What is the Best Way to Motivate a Person to Complete Fitness Goals?

Getting motivated in the gym takes more than just getting up or heading there after a hard days work at your regular nine-to-five job. It takes grit and determination. From experience I’ve been an on-again, off-again character at the gym since 2002. It wasn’t until November 2019 when I was sitting at dinner with Melcon…

Mid-December 2020 Report from Central Alberta

Hello Friends of the Internet … Have you wondered, where have they been ? To be quite frank we’ve taken a good couple of weeks off to reassess our blog, the volumes of drafts that we have on hand which require editing, sprucing up and of course those nice finishing touches before they can be…

Stories on the Road Between Cochrane, Alberta and Kelowna, British Columbia

Sometime after Cochrane we encountered hundreds of commuters heading west towards what we anticipated would be needing into the national park. As we neared the turnoff for Kananaskis Country at least fifty-percent of the vehicles peeled off onto the exit ramp. Ninety-nine percent of the vehicles turned left onto route 40 south creating a traffic…

A Three Hour Journey from Edmonton to Cochrane, Alberta

QE2 as its known in Alberta runs directly south out of Edmonton and just shy of three-hours you arrive on the outskirts of Calgary. Today, we opted to turnoff in Airdrie and verge onto route 567, driving through the town. “This place sure had grown,” said the wife. “Honestly, I wouldn’t know as I didn’t…

What Does the Front Air Dampner do on a Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport?

You may or may not have noticed this long piece of black plastic as it hangs beneath the front bumper on the 3rd generation (2016 to current day), SR5, Limited and TRD Sport. At the moment I’m obsessed with aftermarket accessories, one of those being the front bumper. As I would like to also acquire…

A Grape Escape in October

Yes, you read that correctly… its going to be a Grape Escape in October! We will be road tripping in the Tacoma down through central Alberta where we will veer off near Airdrie and head out to Cochrane where we will be stopping at McKay’s Ice Cream shop open since 1942 for the very best…

A Spring Hike Along a Forestry Road in Nordegg, Alberta

“About eight years ago, my wife and I lived in South Korea and…” I started telling my story to the red masked bandit about this time when I decided to drive out to Nordegg, Alberta Canada to go on a spring hiking trip. Let’s quickly backup… In January 2012 my wife and I moved to…

3 Nights at Pembina Provincial Park Campground, Alberta

Squeezing out the final two emails on Friday afternoon at 3:03pm I waved goodbye and ran out the office door. An hour later the 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport was packed with two coolers, a tub of cooking supplies, 3 canvas grocery bags, two backpacks and an EduScience telescope. Down the TransCanada highway we went…

A Beginner’s Review of an EduScience 114mm AZ SM Telescope

The fascination for myself about the topic of astronomy really started to develop back in Junior College circa 1995. I spent two semesters learning about this science and was really only ever engaged during practicum as it included three things I truly love; Travel Nighttime Looking up at the stars The romance of huddling around…

Is a Good Beginner’s Telescope, the Celestron Travel Scope 60?

Everyone may have heard that recently there was a comet which flew by the Earth in the Northern hemisphere for nearly the entitr month of July. It was called C/2020 F3 or Neowise. I spent my fair share of nights (eight to be exact) searching the sky without success. This weekend we are headed out…

Remembering Times Gone By

On January 1, 2012 my wife and I moved into a one-bedroom condo in a small rural Albertan town called Stony Plain, Alberta. We lucked out as this was a newer building with construction ending in 2010. The building had been built to house retirees. However the developer did not plan appropriately when it came…

A Round of Eighteen at Norwester Disc Golf Course

Yesterday, after work I happily sped off down the street and within fourteen minutes I pulled up to the curb and parked across the street from Norwester Park. This nine hole course has both a main course and an alternative course. The main course is 886 meters long and has is a great challenge for…

Round One at The Hills at Charlesworth Disc Golf Course, Edmonton, Alberta

When a player searches for Disc Golf Courses here in Edmonton only a handful of them appear. Unless you include the greater metro area in which you’ll have to drive a minimum of thirty minutes to reach the town’s of Beaumont, Leduc or Spruce Grove. Edmonton Rundle Park Newster Park Hills at Charlesworth Beaumont 4-Seasons…

It’s Moments Like These You Need…

To look down at the world around you and admire the imperfections below your feet. Remember all the cracks that you’ve really enjoyed during your years here on the planet. It’s Moments Like These You Need… To look around you and find beauty in an obtuse subject matter to which you will be enlighten along…

Where Have You Been? Part Deux

The original story “Where Have You Been?” was published on May 17, 2020 with a total of 1,345 words, which included scandalous information and a sordid story about my epic whining about why I still had to work whilst everyone else was sent home to enjoy their houses, children and families during this epic COVID-19…

Summer Excitement at Edith Cavell Glacier

Earlier in the week we were expecting our return journey on Saturday July 4 to consist of breakfast, a stop for fuel in the townsite of Jasper and the three plus hour drive back to Edmonton. Whilst at Sunwapta Rocky Mountain Lodge, we learnt a section of the Snaring River just east of Jasper had…

Mud and Trail, a Slippery Biking Adventure

Today’s great adventure started with two sunnyside up eggs, bacon, sausage, hashbrowns and toast followed by packing our mountain biking bags and prepping the bikes for the journey. Last night we were informed the trail out to Big Bend has a few mucky spots due to the rain over the past few days. The 6.5…

The Albertan Highway of Waterfalls

Coming out of Canmore you chuck a left onto the TransCanada Highway #1 within five minutes of entering the highway you will pass thru Banff National Park entrance. With our annual pass already on the rear view mirror you’ll proceed 24 kilometers to the three exits for Banff! But since you’ve been there done that…

Trotting Around Canmore for Canada Day

The plan was hatched over last night’s tequila exploration at Cabeza Grande followed by Marg’s at 1809 Tavern on Main Street, in Canmore. The expectation to wake early about eight in the morning then head over to Chez Francois for a breakfast. After that pickup our local friend Kate and some cash then start the…