For several years now Jana Kristin and I have been talking about sailing our boat A Mi Manera from the Thousand Islands down the St. Lawrence to Montreal.  For us this would be the second leg of the so-called golden triangle:  cruising down the Rideau Canal from Ottawa to Kingston, down the St. Lawrence from […]

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  • Nancy Davidson

    Wonderful! Another fantastic journey! And you are in one piece. Hurrah. Well done to Admiral Jana and her steely-nerved captain.
    Here’s to more bucket list adventures! (AND I am just a little bit jealous about all you Old Montreal fun!)ReplyCancel

  • Jen Jackson

    I’m laughing out loud as I read this – love your humour Mike and can totally see Admiral Jana at the helm lolReplyCancel

  • Susan Smith

    Delighted to read about your latest adventure Mike. World travel is wonderful, but travelling in Canada is awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Loretta Kyle

    So cool! You two are the best! <3ReplyCancel

  • Susanne L. Mozel

    Hey Mike, got to the link! Thank you so much for lunch yesterday, was awesome to finally catch up and see you and Jana. 🙂 You two always have such great stories and are such a pleasure to be around. Hope to see you two again very soon! Dinner at my place when you have time! Let me know when is good for you two. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Dave Bailey

    Great narrative Mike/Jana…..yup….sailing can have it’s moments. My Admiral only had to wave (pun intended) the divorce papers twice this summer after we left you in Gan. During one such trying moment ( actually 6 hours ) my Admiral prayed to have a helicopter pick her off the back of the boat. Instead a rather large fish hawk (Osprey) followed us, (glided in our wake – an appropriate use of the term at the time) long enough for the Admiral to go below, get her camera and then take a photo before the Osprey dipped a wing tip and swooped away. The waves were still 3 meters high but the Osprey’s spirit restored confidence with captain and crew. The helmsman’s wheel still travelled knot to knot but a “wake” did not need to be planned.ReplyCancel

  • RJ Gowan

    Great story, MIke. Love your writing and your photos. Keep them coming. And so envious of your visit with the Lafleurs.
    Cheers, BobReplyCancel

More than a week has passed since the final fireworks of 2015 exploded in front of the Grandstand at Stampede Park. The midway is gone. The infield is silent.  The house guests have evaporated. The rough stock have returned to Stampede Ranch, and the employees and volunteers are sighing with the knowledge that after August […]

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  • Susan Smith

    Gob smacked!ReplyCancel

  • Vern Kimball

    Great Stampede photos!! vkReplyCancel

  • Leanne Tengs

    Beautiful photos. I hope the man in the last one survived! Looks like a kidney stomp!ReplyCancel

  • Joanne Chalack

    Great photos.ReplyCancel

  • Scott Digel

    Cowboy up. You have always been able to do that. In fact, we had a nice lunch just before you went into the hospital. I hope that I can be that tough when the time comes…ReplyCancel

  As a young easterner, I had dreamed of coming west to attend the Calgary Stampede.  I fantasized about stepping into pointed boots and donning a real cowboy hat.  I imagined myself riding a horse in the parade, waving back at all the pretty girls.  In 1967 I finally got my chance, and once on […]

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  • Lori Wheeler

    I too think that the Calgary Stampede volunteers are incredibly generous, hardworking people. Great post to acknowledge them, Mike.ReplyCancel

  • Ron Anderson

    Excellent words aimed at excellent people. The Stampede volunteers always make me a proud Calgarian.ReplyCancel

Hello World! Welcome to my first ever blog. I’ve always wanted to be a writer.  Or more properly put, I’ve always envisaged myself as a writer.  I also love photography, especially photojournalism.  Having flirted with a few Facebook posts which combined the two, I thought it was time to put the photography and the writing […]

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  • Leanne Tengs

    I can’t wait to read more about your meanderings!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy MacGregor

    Kudos to you, Mike, for finally starting this. It’s been a project-in-waiting, I think. As your sister, I am going to take the liberty to suggest you start with the city you love, Calgary, and the event that most defines it, The Stampede. Everything starts from home. Great job, bro.ReplyCancel

  • Scott Digel

    This will be one of my regular internet stops!ReplyCancel

  • Susanne L. Mozel

    Intriguing travels from an intriguing man! Wouldn’t expect anything less. 🙂 Safe travels my friend! I will be seeing the world through your eyes!!! :):):)ReplyCancel