If you like to travel, there’s no better way to go than with friends. At least one, anyway. Travelling with a few friends can work too, but just a few, because who wants to spend each day debating the merits of going here or eating there or staying put.  We all need to be […]

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Today I turned 70 years old. That’s a big milestone. Okay it’s not a world record or anything, but it’s surely something to be celebrated, because not everybody makes it this far. Every milestone achieved represents another bullet dodged; it’s a feat to be welcomed, not regretted. If you’re really fortunate like me, it’s an […]

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  • Nancy Davidson

    Three score and ten works too Mike! – and it offers you ample opportuity to riff on that theme!! Glad you had a happy day!ReplyCancel

  • Rick Dalton

    Great story Mike! Many more Birthdays to come( metric or otherwise)ReplyCancel

  • George Brookman

    Ha, You’re ahead of me!! I squeaked into 69 the second week of December, but my enthusiasm was tempered when my son-in-law said ” Well, you’re now in your 70th year!” It’s a bit like a High School exam, you suddenly realize that you’ll have to cram if you want to get it all done . My daughter’s advice? “Always assume you have twenty more years to go!”ReplyCancel

  • Susan Smith

    My gosh Mike, 70 doesn’t sound at all old, all relative isn’t it! Congrats, many more in the future.ReplyCancel

  • Donald Bruce Fenwick

    Happy Birthday, Mike. Only about 11 yrs old in basset hound or buldog age, so fine to act either like a kid or a senior (or just carry on as you)! I beat you by 2 1/2 months only, and George is hoping to catch us next year.ReplyCancel

  • Irene Wade

    Belated Happy birthday Mike! from Brian & Irene, from sunny Ixtapa, Mexico!ReplyCancel

As self-proclaimed Bucket List Adventurers (BLAs), Jana Kristin and I like to spend as much time as possible travelling to strange and exotic places for the purpose of photography.  Actually this is not exactly true…we’re always excited to travel, and we’ll shoot almost anything, whether it’s strange, exotic, or not.   We’re often asked to […]

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Hong Kong is a natural stopping off point for travellers flying from North America to Asia. Since most flights arrive in the evening, and many locals speak English, it’s a handy place to quickly get reoriented to a new time zone, confident that the sheets will be clean, the bathrooms will be disinfected, and the […]

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  • Del Simon

    Thanks for taking me along on your adventure; you made me laugh out loud, I look forward to the next chapter.ReplyCancel

  • John Barnhardt

    Nice visit. I had a great time there in late 70’s and ordered custom made cotton shirts and still have some! Mike-enjoy your travels. John BarnhardtReplyCancel

  • Ruth Smith

    I’ll travel with you and Jana any day, especially after you’ve discovered the nuances of being a tourist!!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy MacGregor

    Great post.ReplyCancel

For several years now Jana Kristin and I have been talking about sailing our boat A Mi Manera from the Thousand Islands down the St. Lawrence to Montreal.  For us this would be the second leg of the so-called golden triangle:  cruising down the Rideau Canal from Ottawa to Kingston, down the St. Lawrence from […]

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  • Nancy Davidson

    Wonderful! Another fantastic journey! And you are in one piece. Hurrah. Well done to Admiral Jana and her steely-nerved captain.
    Here’s to more bucket list adventures! (AND I am just a little bit jealous about all you Old Montreal fun!)ReplyCancel

  • Jen Jackson

    I’m laughing out loud as I read this – love your humour Mike and can totally see Admiral Jana at the helm lolReplyCancel

  • Susan Smith

    Delighted to read about your latest adventure Mike. World travel is wonderful, but travelling in Canada is awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Loretta Kyle

    So cool! You two are the best! <3ReplyCancel

  • Susanne L. Mozel

    Hey Mike, got to the link! Thank you so much for lunch yesterday, was awesome to finally catch up and see you and Jana. 🙂 You two always have such great stories and are such a pleasure to be around. Hope to see you two again very soon! Dinner at my place when you have time! Let me know when is good for you two. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Dave Bailey

    Great narrative Mike/Jana…..yup….sailing can have it’s moments. My Admiral only had to wave (pun intended) the divorce papers twice this summer after we left you in Gan. During one such trying moment ( actually 6 hours ) my Admiral prayed to have a helicopter pick her off the back of the boat. Instead a rather large fish hawk (Osprey) followed us, (glided in our wake – an appropriate use of the term at the time) long enough for the Admiral to go below, get her camera and then take a photo before the Osprey dipped a wing tip and swooped away. The waves were still 3 meters high but the Osprey’s spirit restored confidence with captain and crew. The helmsman’s wheel still travelled knot to knot but a “wake” did not need to be planned.ReplyCancel

  • RJ Gowan

    Great story, MIke. Love your writing and your photos. Keep them coming. And so envious of your visit with the Lafleurs.
    Cheers, BobReplyCancel