Just A Picture- December 21, 2020

Don’t think we will be seeing the conjunction tonight. Looks like we will have 30-50 cm of snow overnight. Up to 20 inches for our American friends. It is pretty though, until you have to shovel it.

Travel Thursday – Saskatoon – From July 2011

As I struggle to collate and create several years of photo and video files, I once again add a post from the past. This is a note about our old home town of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and dates from their annual Jazz Festival, this one in 2011 and features an outstanding Saskatoon player, Jordan Cook.

This week is the week for The Saskatchewan Jazz Festival in Saskatoon.  Not only does it bring in the name acts, it also showcases Saskatchewan talent.  One of these talents is Jordan Cook.  For some reason, the province has been blessed with many talented musicians who continue to impress.  The list is long, but some of these are, Northern Pikes, Colin James, Jack Semple, Deep Dark Woods, Kyle Riabko the list is endless.  There was a show last night in Saskatoon that I would have loved to have been at.  It featured Jordan Cook and The Sheepdogs.   The video attached is Jordan Cook playing live.

Wine Wednesday – 2018 J.LOHR MERLOT

We paired this with a Chicken Parmesan, heavy on the cheese and a Cesar salad. J.Lohr has always been a go to wine, both this and the Cabernet. The Chardonnay is also excellent.

The Merlot is a very smooth, dry wine and very soft on the palate. It has major oak, vanilla and chocolate notes. You can pretty much pair it with anything.

You have likely noticed that we are big on California wines, and with good reason. They are usually fairly light, yet bold with strong berry and vanilla hints prevalent. They are reasonably priced, this one in the mid 20’s. I would recommend this wine for any type of occasion, even (especially?) just having a glass. We rate it 4.1 of 5 stars.

PS: For some reason The BC price was 16 cents lower than the average on Vivino. SHHSHH, don’t let them know.

The Atlantic Meets The Caribbean – From July 2013

Even after all these years, this still amazes me. The contrast in color between the Atlantic and the Caribbean is amazing, and the waterfall effect on the reef was something I will never forget.

Some very raw and rough footage I took of a reef off the coast of Barbuda in the Caribbean sea.  What we are seeing is a reef where the Atlantic Ocean (dark blue) hits the reef, waterfalls over it and becomes the Caribbean Sea (light blue).  Very loud so turn down the sound.  I apologize for the bounciness of the clip, but a sailboat, or any boat for that matter, is not a very stable platform to shoot a video from.  We had anchored in this vicinity overnight, and enjoyed the sights and sounds through the evening and morning.  Pretty impressive.

Just A Picture – December 14, 2020

Our Sunday stroll took us along the Moyie River near Cranbrook, BC in Canada. We followed it for about 2 miles through the bush. The river is mostly frozen, soon we’ll be able to ski it, just needs a bit more cold and some snow. To get here we go under the highway and across the tracks. After a few minutes, all you can hear is yourself breathing and the sound of your footsteps. All we saw fro wildlife on this hike was a squirrel running across the river. Luckily, nothing was chasing it. Standard equipment out here is bear spray, you never know. The bears re sleeping, but there is the odd cougar, and even some wolves in the vicinity. Pretty rare to see one. Lots of elk and deer as well. Next time out, I must remember to bring our GoPro and hook it up to my chest. It is gorgeous out there.

My Reverse Bucket List ; Evacuation

Time for something completely different. A reverse bucket a list, a list of accomplishments that I never ever wanted to do. First up, being evacuated due to a forest fire.

British Columbia is known for it’s hot summers, especially in the interior. Forest fires are no strangers in this environment. In the fall of 2017, B.C. was on fire, multiple fires throughout the province, one of which was real close to our recreation property near Cranbrook, B.C. As dangerous as things were, it was still kind of interesting,

For eample, the water bombers cruising over Moyie Lake and depositing their payloads on the fire up on Lamb Creek.

Then a turn for the worse, an evacuation alert. We were put on alert, meaning instant evacuation from the RV resort. As luck would have it, the fire was getting visibly worse.

The Smoke

That evening (pre-covis) we had some friends in for supper. Around the 3rd bottle of wine, it happened. EVACUTION!!! We had zero miniutes to clear out.

The Glow

The fire was obviously an issue and ominous. Luckily it was dark, and we followed the tail lights in a very slow parade to Cranbrook.

Not something I ever wanted to happen and the first entry on my reverse bucket list.

Wine Wednesday – 2017 Noble Vines 337 Cabernet

Opened this one to drink with a homemade pizza on a Friday night. They paired well, the pizza was very cheesy and meatless. I can see why Vivino calls it popular. Typical of the Lodi, California cabs, it is a deep ruby with lots of oak and vanilla notes. Loads of berry as well for those fans. At it’s price point over 30 bucks CAD, I would consider it to be overpriced, and there are many competitors out there at a lower price. Having said that, I would still give it 4 stars out of 5, but likely will not got back to it based on the aforementioned price point.Opened this one to drink with a homemade pizza on a Friday night. They paired well, the pizza was very cheesy and meatless. I can see why Vivino calls it popular. Typical of the Lodi, California cabs, it is a deep ruby with lots of oak and vanilla notes. Loads of berry as well for those fans. At it’s price point over 30 bucks CAD, I would consider it to be overpriced, and there are many competitors out there at a lower price. Having said that, I would still give it 4 stars out of 5, but likely will not got back to it based on the aforementioned price point.

Besides pizza, I would recommend pairing with pretty much any meat dish other than fish. It is to bold for a seafood dish. Also a nice wine to just have a glass with friends.