Merritt & Salt Spring

Just before Christmas I got up to Merritt to see my father and stepmother, and took the camera along, naturally.

We took a walk along a section of the old Kettle Valley Railway right-of-way. I’d love to see this restored as a fully accessible multi-use trail and be able to do a multi-day bike camping trip along it. Maybe it’ll happen one day!

Vertigo?

Nicola River

We also went walking one afternoon in the ranch area up in the hills, and got some awesome winter sunlight.

Snow Pano

Trees

Closer to home, right at the end of January I got away overnight to Salt Spring Island to camp out at Ruckle Provincial Park. I went there in mid-October and decided to return again for another one-night escape.

Bike + Tent + View

Loaded for the Return

Ruckle is about 45-50km total road distance from downtown Victoria, with a 30 minute ferry ride over to Salt Spring Island from Swartz Bay giving a bit of a break.

Just a note if you do go out to Ruckle in winter, though, there’s no drinking water in the park from November 1st to March 1st — they disconnect the drinking water taps. Bring an extra water bottle or two.

The Use of Fairy Tales

Something I created a few years ago but have apparently never blogged about.

What Use Are Fairy Tales?

Done in Inkscape, as is often the case.

Apparently this is a slight mis-quoting of G.K. Chesterton, who actually said, “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

Photos: Eastern France

It’s been a while since my last Europe photo post! Here’s a few photos from the eastern part of France, midway through our May-July 2014 bike tour.

Over on Flickr, I’ve got the entire European Bike Trip 2014 album, and country-specific albums (same photos, just organized by single country) for Austria, Germany, Switzerland and now France. What I put up here on the blog is only ever a selection of photos, please do check the entire collection out over on Flickr!

Dreilanderbrucke Panorama

Rolling Laundry Rack

Besançon Place de la Révolution Panorama

Le Tricolore

Eastward Panorama

Follow The Cat

Bike Kid

Then It Rained Some More

Sacré-Coeur Basilica Panorama

Je Suis Un Chat.

More to come!

Photos: Ulm to Switzerland

Been a little while since my last photo post here. I’m still steadily plowing through the seven weeks of photos I took (nearly 3000…) and have finally reached the end of the German leg and gotten into Switzerland!

The entire collection is over on Flickr, and I’ve also divided it up by country. So far there’s Austria, Germany and Switzerland albums up, with France obviously still to come.

Just a few highlights below!

Ulmer Münster Tower, Panorama

Above, a two-photo stitched panorama of the main tower of Ulm Cathedral.

Obermarchtal Kloster Pano

Obermarchtal Cloister, one of the Catholic hostels we stayed in. Parts of the main building date back to 800 AD…

Pano At Rechtenstein

On a bridge over the Danube.

Schloss Sigmaringen

Schloss Sigmaringen is what happens when you take the basic idea of “castle on a rock” and dial it up ALL the way. It’s awesome.

Toblerone!

You can tell you’re in Switzerland when the incredibly expensive coffee comes with a tiny Toblerone bar instead of a biscuit.

Lots more to come, I’m up to June 19th and the trip went until July 20th!