Staycation, Interrupted

Without a doubt, 2020 is the year of the staycation. Don’t need to explain why.

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But… being stuck at home since March, with nary a change in scenery, was starting to grate on us. What about a short road trip? Somewhere not too far, with decent scenery, decent food, relatively low Covid infection rates, and most importantly, no kids.

So, my wife and I decided to head out to Québec City, only a 4½-hour drive away from home in Ottawa. Checks all the boxes, to be certain. We even brought our bikes along to allow us to cover more ground in less time when wandering around. Thankfully, the weather cooperated!

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It’s a sign


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There’s a story behind every sign; you just know that something happened before the sign was there that prompted the powers-that-be to put one up. In order to prevent another something.

The signs say all sorts of things:

  • Danger

  • You’re not welcome

  • Don’t do something

  • We’re watching you

Or, all of the above.

Of course, not all signs actually need words or pictograms or even a signboard itself.


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The Sleeping Giant

The Sleeping Giant is a formation of mesas and sills on Sibley Peninsula which resembles a giant lying on its back when viewed from the west to north-northwest section of Thunder Bay, Ontario. (Wikipedia)

I had to squint to see it. But it’s there.

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A fine mid-century morning

The NOIA Building in downtown Palm Springs looks like the kind of place Don Draper would have worked in, had he not been a New Yorker.

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Take a Bow

Downtown Calgary is chock-full of midrise and highrise towers of varying styles, vintages, and aesthetic charm.

The Bow is one of those iconic structures that is just different from everything else around it. It’s taller, it’s oddly shaped, it catches light, it’s not a glass obelisk, and it has a cool sculpture at its base (Wonderland by Jaume Plensa). What more can a travelling geek with a camera ask for?

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