I enjoy travel, sports, music (a dedicated site at http://therealcanadianmusicblog.com/) and anything else that jumps up at me for the moment, which is why I blog. There will be lots of travel posts, pictures and our videos as well as a smattering of sports and humour. I enjoy promoting Canada and am unabashedly a proud Albertan
We ran across this article recently that highlights the types of tools and paraphernalia that one should have in their tool box aboard their boat. We learned this one the hard way, basically starting from scratch. Very good read, and one that is quite important to the novice sailor.
Nice tune in the mailbag recently by Swedish Alt band Everywhere and their newly released song “Shades at Night”. A catchy pop tune with some 1980’s legs. I can see it showing up on your local Alt station at some point in the future. Enjoy.
The 2009 Montecillo Reserva is a Spanish wine, created with their finest Tempranillo grapes. Bodegas Montecillo has been creating fine wines since 1874. The label says it pairs well with vegetables and stews, which worked for us as we were eating Chinese. It paired up quite well at that. The wine is full bodied with definite aromas of oak and berries. It is reasonably priced $18 – $22 CAD and is available at most wine stores we’ve been in. We usually buy at the Real Canadian Liquorstore as it is normally the best value. If the 18-22 is a bit pricey, we have also enjoyed their red label version, which is in the 13 to 15 buck range, and still a good buy.
When one envisions sailing, one thinks the Caribbean or the Mediterranean. This is something both very different and very special. A beautiful and eerie sail through the ice and snow of Antarctica. Pretty amazing stuff. A helpful tip, watch in full screen.
This is directed at our Canadian readers. Recent changes to border tracking now records departures and arrivals of individual Canadian citizens. What does this mean to those who travel extensively., quite a lot apparently. It could have an adverse impact on everything from your medical coverage to your pension benefits. To find out more there is an informative article here
One of, if not the first, around the world, single hand sailing race is returning in 2018. The one and only race was run in 1968, ending in 1969. Nine started, 6 retired at various stages, 1 sank, 1 committed suicide and 1 finished. The winner, Robin Knox-Johnston.
How safe is the Caribbean. Saw this video on Yahoo, and the headline had some immediate value to me. Coincidentally, Barbados and St Lucia are two places on the itinerary for our next adventure. Timely? I think so.
In reality, we have never felt anything but safe anywhere we have been. Likely a combination of naivety and good practices. Every little bit helps.
The maiden post for this site will have to be the maiden voyage of the newly purchased 25 foot O’Day sailboat. The boat was formerly owned by some very good friends in Saskatchewan. They delivered the vessel to our location near Balfour BC on Kootenay Lake in the Canadian Rockies. Took a quick video as we did a shakedown sail on Sunshine Bay.
The sailing is something we will touch on quite often, as this is something Lori and I have tossed around for several years now as a potential retirement thing, or at worst, a leisure activity.