Exporail Re-Visited (May 29, 2016)

This was my second visit to Exporail, and I’m still in love with this place. My initial visit was on August 1, 2015, almost a year ago. For my previous visit please see Exporail – Awaken Your Inner Child.

Eastern Ontario Train Museum (June 18, 2016)

Located in Smith Falls, Ontario, the Eastern Ontario Train Museum is a small and informal museum with its own track system. The people who volunteer there are friendly and know their stuff about trains. In addition to some great exhibits inside the train station, you can walk through and climb on many of the train cars. It is worth a visit if you are in the area. And when you are there, say hello to Jack, their newest volunteer. He is a sweetheart!

Exporail – Awaken Your Inner Child

Exporail (www.exporail.org), the largest railway museum in Canada, is located on the south shore of Montreal in the town of Saint-Constant, Quebec. On Saturday, August 1st, my friend Elizabeth and I paid this place a visit, and we were not disappointed – after 5 hours we were still wandering around the complex poking our noses into the various exhibits and going for many rides on a fully operation Montreal streetcar. WOW! Our inner children had a ball there.

Montreal Steetcar

John Molson Steam Engine Reproduction

Other Trains & Exhibits

Ducati Weekend at Calabogie Motorsports Park

I recently had an opportunity to watch a friend putting her Ducati through its paces at the Calabogie Motorsports Park. Awesome riding skills and beautiful pieces of machinery. Definitely worth the trip.

I take my hat (helmet?) off for these riders. I don’t think I’ll be trying this anytime soon on my Burgman 650.

Eastern Ontario Train Museum

A friend and I, both lovers of trains, recently visited the Eastern Ontario Train Museum in Smith Falls, Ontario. We picked a great day for this visit – it was overcast and cold – we were the only visitors that day and so we had the run of the museum. I have such fond memories of trains, especially the old steam engines. I spent much of my youth living next to the main train line in the Laurentians near Val David, and when we heard a train coming my friends and I would drop everything and head over to the tracks to see the train chugging by. And what kid from my generation didn’t put pennies on the tracks when the train went by – the goal was to see who could end up with the flattest penny. Sometimes we had a special treat – one of the regular engineers lived near my home and the train would stop at the local crossing to let him off at the end of his shift. We could stand next to the steam engine and watch the wheels spin as it fought for traction when it pulled away. Passenger or freight, it was awesome.

Wandering Through North Glengarry County

I’m pretty much a city person who likes to visit the country. One of my favourite country areas to visit around Ottawa is North Glengarry Country – there are so many neat things to see here, and lots of country back roads to explore. I have developed some great friends in this area and one couple, who knows how much I love staying at their home, have gone away on vacation and have asked me if I would look after their home. This is like a vacation for me – I get to spend some time in the countryside I love, and I’m close enough to Ottawa to visit there if I need to.

One thing I typically do when I am here is to look around for photos to take, and yesterday I came up with these …

Proof that spring is on the way after our bitterly cold winter …

Later in the day I hunted down a few things that some friends told me about and thought I might be interested in photographing …

This truck has sat in the little town of Glen Robertson for ages.

And my friends know how much I enjoy photographing abandoned buildings, and they told me about an abandoned one-room schoolhouse near Alexandria. I’m glad they told me – you could drive by it and not even know it is there as it is so well hidden by trees and bushes. It is too bad that at sometime in the past that vandals got to this place first. To get close to the building I had to force my way through a mixture of raspberry bushes, grape vines and some type of bush with lots of thorns. Now I know what the prince in the story of Rapunzel felt like.

Stay tuned (hopefully) for more photos of the North Glengarry countryside.

Beauty in Motion … and Sometimes Standing Still

This week’s photos are brought to you by the letter “H” for “horse”.
(Weekly Photo – Week #08, February 19, 2014)

I have a confession to make – I have been terrified of horses since I was in my early teens.

At that time, I was involved in quite a bad accident while riding a horse. Now the accident probably had more to do with the fact that I had no experience or training in horseback riding, but nonetheless, the accident left a mental scar – as much as I thought horses were magnificent animals, I would not go near them. In August 2012, I came across a photo of me riding a horse when I was in my late teens. I had totally forgotten about this (no, it wasn’t a mental block, just a lousy memory) and it made me wonder if there was yet hope for me to get back on a horse.

So in late 2013 I did! And I am glad I did because now I am falling in love with these wonderful animals. Here are some photos, past and present, of horses in my photo collection.

Also, some inanimate horses …

And this cutie is not a horse but he is so cute I couldn’t resist adding him to this blog …

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And last, but certainly not least, meet Fanny. She is the horse I have been learning to ride at TROtt, and she is an absolute sweetie, with a bit of a mischievous streak in her friendly personality.

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