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Been on another hiatus, nice to see you all.  Lori and I have had a very busy summer.  During our vacations, we decided to work together on a new project, incorporating a variety of social media platforms.  The gist of this idea is to chronicle our journey towards retirement.  We’ve been working towards this goal for about 10 years now and have made many left, right and 180 degree turns.  We have come up with many plans that cover both our economics and our wish list, while discarding some, expanding on others andrevisiting many.  There have been many twists and turns, but we always move ahead and grow in the process.  We plan to chronicle our journey from this point on and take a look backwards on how we got to where we are today.  We look forward to your comments and help in helping us figure out what to do next.  At the same time, we hope that we can help you in your journey in some small way.

 

Here are the links to the various sites.

JohnLoriEh on WordPress

JohnLoriEh on Facebook

JohnLoriEh on YouTube

 

This site will continue, with the variety of posts that I’ve become accustomed to placing here. So if that is what you enjoy, that will not change.  The same goes for its sister site, The Real Canadian Music Blog.  If you are interested though, I have posted the links to our new project below.  And, if you are wondering, JohnLoriEh is the name of our 1979 25 foot O’Day sailboat that we have docked on Kootenay Lake in the Canadian Rockies.  You will see a fair bit of our adventures in that setting.  Here is a glimpse of that.  Hope to see you on the new site.

Alaska From The Ocean


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A shot I took with my iPhone in July of 2013 as we cruised past on a Celebrity cruise liner.  A different look of the mountains from what we are used to as we see them from the Alberta side daily.  Very stark contrast as they rise out of the ocean as compared to the foothills and prairie on our side.

Pilot Bay Lighthouse – Kootenay Lake, BC, Canada


Took a walk up to the Pilot Bay Lighthouse.  Easy trail, slightly uphill and well worn.  The lighthouse is wood and was used to note the entrance to the West Arm of Kootenay Lake.  It has not been used for many years and is the subject of a historical preservation society.  The light was visible for 30 miles in each direction on the lake.

Pilot Bay Lighthouse

Pilot Bay Lighthouse

This is the view of the lake from the top of the lighthouse.  Spectacular views everywhere in this part of the world.

View Into The West Arm Of The Lake

Fish Creek Provincial Park – Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Discovered this park in the centre of Calgary and will share a few photos.  A beautiful walk in an area surrounded by a million people.

A Dog Day Afternoon

A Dog Day Afternoon

Fish Creek Swimming Hole

Fish Creek Swimming Hole

29 Untouched Corners Of The Earth Where You Can Completely Abandon Civilization


Have you have had the feeling that yo wanted to go completely off grid and lose yourself where you will never (maybe) be found.  The link gives you 29 possible places that you may be able to realize that dream. although several might be a bit to off the grid for even the craziest among us.

 

Distractify | 29 Untouched Corners Of The Earth Where You Can Completely Abandon Civilization.

Flying To Vancouver, BC


IMG_1372Loving flying over the rocks.  I took this in early July of 2013.  Lots of snow.


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An interesting article from m Readers Digest.  I have done 3 of 10 listed, Bourbon Street in New Orleans, the Champs Elysees in Paris and Abbey Road in London.  How many have you done?

http://www.readersdigest.ca/travel/world/worlds-10-most-famous-streets

Traveling British Columbia – Horseshoe Bay


June 2014, we are off on the next installment in our quest to become sailors..  But…first we have to get where we are going, meaning ROAD TRIP.  What a beautiful way to get where you need to be, a drive from Calgary to Vancouver.  Outstanding scenery, enthralling drive. I won’t bore you with a whack of mountain shots and head right to the point of entry to our sailing, Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal in West Vancouver.  After a lengthy drive, involving an overnight in Revelstoke, BC.  We spent the night at  the Day’s Inn.  The hotel was okay, pretty much normal for this brand.  We headed out for a quick bite and tried a place we had never been to on our past trips, Zalas Pizza and Steak House.  Food was pub fare and good, we would definitely try it again n the future.  Spent a quiet night, then up and at em for the next part of our journey

We arrived at the terminal, only to find that the ferry was full and we would have a two-hour wait until the next one departed.  Tough place to spend a few hours with views like this.

That's Where We Are Going

That’s Where We Are Going

We have to take the ferry as we are heading to the Sunshine Coast.  It is on the mainland, just like Vancouver, just inaccessible by road.  The sailing school is located over there, Gibsons, BC.  Still, we have a few hours to kill.  Off to lunch.  The terminal area is a trendy place, with multiple shops, a marina and many restaurants.  We chose Bay Moorings, a good choice.  The food was good, reasonably priced and served by efficient and friendly staff.  A great lunch, much enjoyed.

Then we hit the ferry.  They definitely cram them in on these boats.

Sardine Can

Sardine Can

Next up, the expected shot from the ship out to the ocean.

Looking out into Howe Sound

Looking out into Howe Sound

And then we were there.  a quick drive into Gibsons, parked the vehicle and there, right in front of us, a piece of Canadian TV history, Molly’s Reach.

Molly's Reach

Next post, we introduce you to Gibsons, BC, where to go, where to stay, what to see.  At least, where we ate, where we stayed and what we saw, then some sailing.

40 Incredible Secret Places Most Travelers Don’t Know About. The Last One Blew Me Away…


Palácio Nacional de Sintra

Palácio Nacional de Sintra (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Hi everyone.  Been a real busy month, and it is only getting busier.  Off to Candle Lake this weekend, back for a few days, then off to Kaslo.  Also planning our next big adventure.  In case you missed me, i have popped up a quick link for you, showcasing some amazing places.  I am 1 for 40, Sintra being the one. If the other 39 are anything as incredible as Sintra, then they are very worthy to visit.

 

40 Incredible Secret Places Most Travelers Don’t Know About. The Last One Blew Me Away….

To Sail Or Not To Sail – BC Edition


Gospel Rock Panorama - Gibsons Landing, Sunshi...

Gospel Rock Panorama – Gibsons Landing, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada (Photo credit: Daniel Peckham)

And we are off.  Road trip from Calgary to Gibsons, BC, via Vancouver through the beautiful Rocky Mountains.  Then we sail.  Four days of lessons on a 36 footer in Howe Sound, then a more road trip up the Sunshine Coast.  From there a ferry to Vancouver Island, then back to Vancouver and home.  Building more memories, the most important thing in life. Hope to post a few quick posts along the way.

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