52:500c – Week 47 – Finding Nemo

Nope, we’re not at Toronto’s Ripley’s Aquarium, plus I don’t think a 25-Speed film would work well in the space. And while this post will be devoid of lost clownfish on animated adventures, it does have one of my favourite short hikes in my area, and I got to share it with my favourite person,…

52:500c – Week 46 – Distant Voices

Memory is a funny thing. Crieff Hills Community has always been a place of memory for me. I first visited Crieff in 2003 when I helped build an outdoor amphitheater. That same year I joined the executive of the Presbyterian Young People’s Society which held their leadership retreats at Crieff where we would plan out…

52:500c – Week 41 – Battle Ground

Both hobbies that I pursue with passion involve shooting. There’s photography, and there’s 19th-Century British Military Reenacting. And oddly enough, I love being the villain which means going south of the border since we’re into War of 1812 territory. Over the Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend, I have for the past four years I along with the…

52:500c – Week 33 – Transit

There are many things that Toronto is known for, like rabid hockey fans, Drake (sadly), and a robust craft beer scene. But one thing the city isn’t known for is its subway system. It’s small and rather uninspiring. Inspired by a recent post on Atlas Obscura, I took my Hasselblad into the Toronto subway system…

52:500c – Week 31 – Vieux-Qu├ębec

If you live in Canada, the beauty of Old World Europe is distant, usually requiring a lot of money and a long flight, or does it? We have a little taste of Europe right here in North America. The Old City of Quebec is probably one of the most beautiful cities I’ve visited outside of…

52:500c – Week 30 – Contest of Fortification

It was surreal stepping off the shuttle bus at the Dauphine Gate at the Fortress of Louisbourg. I had managed to catch the second shuttle bus of the day to the once large French Fortified town. The fog had settled in for the long haul, which is no surprising considering where I was in Canada…Cape…

52:500c – Week 25 – The Old Kirk

If we were in the Netherlands “The Old Kirk” or more correctly “De Oude Kerk” would mean a church, but here in Traverse City, Michigan it’s for the old Traverse City State Hospital. Constructed as “Building 50” of the Northern Michigan Asylum in 1885 according to the infamous Kirkbride plan. This was the third mental…

52:500c – Week 20 – Welcome to the Jungle

The last time I was at the Toronto Zoo I really wasn’t supposed to be on the property. No I hadn’t snuck in to avoid paying the entrance fee, it was to check out and walk the old Toronto Zoo “Monorail” this time however Heather and I went and paid the entrance fees. It was…

52:500c – Week 18 – Longwoods

Came for the War of 1812, Stayed for the Great War. Well okay, the weather wasn’t that bad on the Sunday. But this is where the problems with these early season reenactments come into play. The weather has been all sorts of weird this year. We were wearing great coats in April at the Drill…

52:500c – Week 17 – No Place I’d Rather Be

If you gave me a chance I would take it It’s a shot in the dark but I’ll make it Know with all of your heart, you can’t shake me When I am with you, there’s no place I’d rather be N-n-no, no, no, no place I’d rather be — Clean Bandit – “Rather Be…

52:500c – Week 16 – In The Neighborhood

It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood, A beautiful day for a neighbor, Would you be mine? Could you be mine? One of the shows that I grew up watching was Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, it’s a fantastic show, that still carries it’s wisdom even today! So with the honey garlic pulled chicken in the crockpot…