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.

Ihlara Valley

Deep in the heart of Turkey, in the middle of what looks like a desolate flatland, the earth opens to reveal a hidden valley.

People have lived in caves alongside the valley for generations. Along the way, they left behind chapels, tombs, tourist restaurants, and even the occasional horse. It made for a beautiful walk.


Derinkuyu underground city

Imagine knocking down a wall in your house and discovering a labyrinth cave system. That seems to be exactly what happened to someone in Derinkuyu, Turkey. Except these aren’t just ordinary caves. This was an underground city built to house 20,000 people.

The narrow passageways between the levels could be sealed off with large wheels that were built into the walls. The Indiana Jones theme song played in my head the entire time we were exploring.

The narrow passageways led to giant rooms like the school room below.

While others held livestock, stores of grains, and even served as wine making facilities.

Göreme Open Air Museum in Cappadocia, Turkey

Since the fourth century, people have been digging churches and refuges into the cliffs in this part of Turkey.

Some of those caves are pretty impressive, like this dining hall that has a table and bench carved out of stone. The ceiling is still sooty from a thousand years of cooking fires.

Requisite tourist shot follows.

The landscape was stunningly beautiful. Wandering among the caves, I felt a bit like Indiana Jones.

The hail storm seemed to come out of nowhere. Thankfully it lasted only a few minutes.

Cappadocia is known as a hot air balloon wonderland. Each morning, hundreds pass through the beautiful landscape. We got up early and decided to walk to the top of the ridge instead.

These are called Fairy Chimneys. The technical term is a Hoodoo. I’m not sure which name is more unbelievable. The centres of many of these naturally forming stone columns were carved out for houses.

I liked this hobbit-sized door in the side of one cliff.