Category Archives: Travel Trails

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.

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.

Lake Louise

We posted this in 2012, I believe, on our old page. Slowly moving the best over to this one.

Living in Calgary gives us ample opportunity to hit the Rocky mountains when the urge strikes us.  Banff is an hour from our front door and Lake Louise a little further down the highway.  This shot was taken in Lake Louise in late May, just as winter is loosening its grip on the lake. Lake Louise As Spring Takes Over.

Just A Picture….and a Shameless Plug

First the picture, overlooking Monroe Lake.

Monroe Lake After The Snow, Before The Ice
Now the plug. Having basically abandoning my blogging, with periodic stabs at reviving my interest, I am now committing to re-learning the techniques. Many changes since my last consistent typing. As I work on that, I am posting on a regular basis on my music site, https://therealcanadianmusicblog.com/ So far so good, have a ton of photos, videos and ideas for both and hope to get back into a regular schedule.

Hello From A Different World

I haven’t felt much like writing based on recent events.  Got back from Mazatlan and all of sudden everything changed.  I do count us as lucky.  Both are still employed, working from home and waiting on this to end.  We have much to do, and summer is coming  That is another story however.  Nothing bad, just literally another story.

Every intention of moving forward with some posts, although irregular for now.  Maybe post a picture here and there, do some music on my other site.

How about just a picture in Havana from November 2018.

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Mazatlan – Day 4

Once again a full slow day,

First things first. We were out of cream. The assistant to the assistant was tasked with job of obtaining same at Soriano’s. After getting rained on 3 or 4 times, mission accomplished and the social director and her assistant were once again basking in the glory of half and half cream in their coffee. On the upside, I didn’t need a shower.

I was then informed by the social director that my hair was too long and a haircut was required. A person to cut it was located and 100 pesos later I looked awesome, or back to awesome.

At the same place, the social director fixed a broken nail on on her “John, go get this” pointing finger.

Carrying on, we took a stroll to the Melacon and caught a taxi. Interesting drive. Driver had quite the cough. Being in the front seat, I spent most of the trip holding my breath. Our mission in Centro was a watch battery. Unfortunately the shop was not open.

On to lunch. We are at a beautiful little place, Macaws in Centro near the Fremont hotel. Lunch was good. As we ate, the heavens opened up and it began to pour.

We decided to beeline it to Edgars, home of the 20 peso beer. If you want Dos Equis though, that will be 21 pesos. On the way we had to duck into cover from the rain. It did give me a chance to inspect some outdoor electrical work. Finely installed and maintained. Seldom does one see such work.

Once we reached our destination, I was advised of a serious issue in the establishment’s washrooms. Apparently, someone has stolen both toilet seats in the woman’s washroom. A travesty I tell you. To solve the issue, I will be creating a Gofundme page to raise money for replacements. Luckily the men’s room was immune from this brazen thievery. Based on this evidence, I have to assume the job had been perpetrated by a female gang.

After a couple of pops, we decided a milkshake was in order. The rain was intense and left rivers throughout the Centro area.

Then to Arturos for the, according to Buddy in Elf, the worlds greatest milkshake. ( I know he said coffee, but I claim poetic license as the author).

After a wonderful milkshake (secret ingredient alcohol) we headed back to the condo for a lovely lasagne dinner courtesy our host. To finish the evening we had a night cap on the deck and watched another spectacular sunset.

Followed shortly thereafter by this.

Yes…a waterspout. Seen tornadoes before, but never on of these. A sight to see.

Until tomorrow. Hasta La Vista.

Mazatlan- Day 3

The photo is last nights sunset from the Assistant’s deck.

A simple day. The social director was not on top of her game. I thinks it’s called a hangover. Visited La Catrina and watched Super Bowl. Basically posting to keep up the numerical order.

Great football game and a loud and raucous crowd at the bar. Good time.

Day 4 will be coming later today and is a bit more active.

As this is an itsy bitsy post, I’d like to introduce the characters and also highlight some upcoming reviews.

The Social Director. The Lori part of JohnLoriEh and my life partner in crime.

The Assistant to the Social Director. My favourite sister (only?) Janice. Also our gracious hostess for the next while.

The Assistant to the Assistant. Our favourite (only?) brother-in-law, Kirk, also our gracious host.

The scribe is myself, the John part of JohnLoriEh!

Janice and Kirk spend winters each for the last 7 in Mazatlan.

There will be a few more added as they arrive in town and I award them with titles.

As for upcoming reviews, My intent is to gather up similar things and do a series of reviews in 1 post. Music, restaurants and bars will be the main topics, and I could add others as I think of them. This is a fascinating city with lots to do and great vibes.

Mazatlan – Day 2

A very good day. Coffee on the deck watching the tide roll in. The social director had our day mapped out from there.

First stop. Hotel Azteca to visit Arturo for a milkshake, secret ingredient, alcohol.

From here, loaded up with fuel, we continued on our way. Rules are simple, the social director and her assistant duck into a store, we carry on to the next bar and have a beer. They catch up, we carry on. Their first stop, no idea. Ours was Gringo Lingo.

We continued to the Malecon. Once there we had a terrific view of the Pacific. Surf was up.

We caught a cab and headed to Centro and a place hadn’t been before. Edgar’s is a unique place, made better by 20 peso beer.

Once finished, we took off for Plazuela Machado. The plan was supper and some music. The social director and her assistant discovered a shop. We hung around in limbo for a while, saw a hummingbird and the worlds biggest bee.

Following our plan, the assistant’s assistant and I trundled off to Restaurant Mr Lionoso on the Plazuela and had a drink while we waited.

The plan from there was supper at Casa Connobio. Check.

From here it was to Lucky B’s to see Rex. Unfortunately they cancelled as it was starting to rain. Electrics and rain don’t mix very well, can’t blame them and we’ll catch with them later. Back up plan was Las Flores hotel to catch Krakken, another pretty good local band.

All in all an enjoyable day. Day 3 is going to be sedate in comparison, super bowl at La Catrina.