Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai

Ganesh Chaturthi is a ten-day festival near the end of the monsoon season in honour of the Hindu god Ganesh. Families and neighbourhoods band together to house idols of Lord Ganesh in temporary shrines, worship them, and eventually immerse them in the sea.

On their way to the sea, the idols are paraded through the city accompanied by music, dancing, and general partying. The sound system strapped to the taxi below is a small one. Others have full flat-bed trucks carrying a sound and light show.

The sound level on our balcony, 23 stories above street level, exceeded 100 dB regularly. Below, partying dancers pause for a selfie.

On the last day of the festival, many of the idols are immersed at Chowpatty beach in Mumbai. Seeing the I really enjoyed spending time with the families as they prepared to send their idols into the sea.


Escape to Thailand

After our first six weeks in Mumbai, we needed a break. Badly. There are direct flights to Bangkok, and we took advantage. The only two photos I took were of what seemed to be the world’s largest highway rest stop. It was at least a kilometer long, and packed with shops. Not surprisingly, there were more 7-Elevens than I could count.

The other photo was a beautiful sunset.

I’ll be honest, I never thought I’d be going to Bangkok as an escape from a noisy city.

A Jak look-alike

I did a double-take when this kitten was purring at my feet begging for food. He looks exactly like Jak did when he was a few months old.

I’ve always wondered where his colouring came from. It turns out that he’s probably an orange, black, and white cat, minus the orange.

Truck versus jungle

Back when trucks were made without a lot of plastic, jungle was clearly the winner.

Port of Bombay, circa 1880

We visited the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum as an alternative to hiking in the rain. This photo of the view from Apollo Bunder in the 1880’s put into perspective how much trade was done in the port.

View of the Harbour (from Apollo Bunder) Bombay
Apollo Bunder (previously know as Wellington Pier) was the principal pier for embarkation and disembarkation of passengers and goods in Bombay in the late 19th century.

Trains in the rain

During the monsoon season in Mumbai, rain is guaranteed. It’s the amount of rain that seems impossible to predict. We were hoping for light rain so we could go for a hike. Instead, we got torrential downpour that seemed to get stronger the further away from the city we got. We stopped when the train tracks started to be under water and took that as an omen to go to a museum instead.

Sailing Pamdemonium

It was great to be back on the water. We sailed to Port Colborne for dinner and decided to reach home with the spinnaker.

A flying B-17

The Experimental Aircraft Association restored a B-17 to beautiful flying condition. It was visiting Regina and I really wanted to visit.

The line was over an hour and a half long. We were treated to a show of a pair of CF-18s doing low-and-overs side-by-side at the Regina airport.

The 9-cylinder radial engine was beautiful.

Canoeing in Killarney Provincial Park

For many reasons, Killarney has become our favourite place to go camping.

Reason #1: Fresh water that Sarah can’t resist jumping in to

Reason #2: Frogs. (OK, this list is clearly not in order of importance)

Reason #3: Great camp sites

Reason #4: Loons! I’ve never seen a loon nest before.  We passed two during our trip. They’re little piles of mud, hidden at the edge of the water. The loon didn’t move from her eggs, which gave us the chance to get close. Their black head and necks are actually beautiful dark greens and blues that glimmer in the sun.

Reason #5: Thanks to Sandra and Murray, we had a new tent that is about half the weight of our old one. Portaging is now so much less unpleasant.

Reason #6: Deer

Reason #7: Bears, seen from a canoe and not at our campsite.

Reason #8: Cocktails on ice

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The best reason of all is spending time with great friends!

Skoki Lodge, Lake Louise

Sokoki was amazing!

I stitched together two 360-degree panoramas. Click on them to see the full-size versions.