Ontario, Canada – August 1999

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Kings of Blue Mountain After a restless night of eager anticipation, getting up at the crack of dawn wasn’t hard since I had scarcely slept. Today my fiancée, my mother, my aunt and I were making the first of what will undoubtedly be an annual pilgrimage. Our destination was a Mecca of our own design. […]

Ontario, Canada – April 1999

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Ontario Awakens from Hibernation Every February 2 Wiarton, Ontario’s own albino gopher, Wiarton Willie predicates the weather for the next 6 weeks. This year he died before his big day, but his last words reportedly (I’m not making this up) were that we were getting an early spring. Well, he was wrong! We’ve had a […]

Ontario, Canada – August 2000

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Canada’s Cold War Secret Buried beneath a quiet suburb of Ottawa, Ontario lies a relic of the Cold War. Until recently the town of Carp had a top-secret military base whose true purpose Canadians could only speculate about. With the end of the Cold War, the base was decommissioned in 1994 and the truth can […]

Ontario, Canada – July 2000

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The Grease Wars – Ontario vs. the USA American Imperialism has infiltrated every facet of Ontario cuisine. First there was Coke and Pepsi, then McDonald’s and KFC. Now the landscape is littered with everything from Denny’s to Starbucks. This is manifest destiny of the Canadian stomach. Now the Americans are marking the Ontario landscape with […]

Ontario, Canada – June 2000

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The Mount Pleasant Cemetery – more than just dead people I dig cemeteries. They are a fascinating look at a culture’s history, values and artistry. Whenever I travel, I never pass up the opportunity to visit a cool graveyard. So when I moved next door to Toronto’s Mount Pleasant Cemetery I was eager to explore […]

Ontario, Canada – May 2000

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The Guild Inn, Toronto’s Exotic Locale Recently, I was watching “Relic Hunter“, the sexy new show staring Tia Carrere as a brainy, buxom archaeologist who travels the world uncovering historic treasures (and herself). It’s like Indiana Jones meets Bay Watch. Relic Hunter – in action! Anyway, Tia, aka Sydney, was in Greece at an ancient […]