Saturday, 10 August 2019
Location: Campbellford, Ontario
Address: Ferris Provincial Park
Date: Aug 2019
On the August long weekend we took a road trip to Bancroft, Ontario. We went up in search of precious gems. The Rockhound Gemboree was being held in Bancroft that weekend and we hoped to find something special. We didn't find exactly what we were looking for but also didn't leave empty-handed. We managed to get a few gifts from the show.
The Gemboree is the biggest gem and minerals show in Canada and Bancroft is often called the "Mineral Capital of Canada". The Bancroft community centre, curling rink and hockey rink were filled with vendors. A lot of the sparkling rocks had come from nearby areas.
After attending the show we headed across the York River and stopped at The Granite for lunch. We both had wraps and shared some truffle root fries which were delicious covered in parmesan cheese. In a town known for minerals the restaurant was aptly named.
Our journey continued south west towards Ferris Provincial Park. Ranney Gorge suspension bridge is located on the western side of Ferris Provincial Park and offers some great views over the Trent River.
To the south you can see the river cutting through the gorge. To the north is a small waterfall.
The metal bridge hangs 30 feet over the river and is 300 feet long. As people walk on the bridge you can feel it moving beneath you.
After making it safely across the bridge we noticed several large birds circling above. Closer inspection revealed the markings of an osprey. The brown face mark that goes across their eyes and then curves up onto the back of their necks is the most obvious identifier. Osprey love to fish so the nearby river passing through the gorge is a great place to spot one.
We crossed back over the bridge once more to continue our trip home. We had tried our luck hunting for precious minerals, enjoyed a nice meal and swung over a gorge. All in all it was a beautiful day.
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Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge
Post # 259
Tuesday, 30 July 2019
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Address: Harbour Square Park
Date: July 2019
S.O.S usually stands for Save Our Souls and is a cry for help. In Boston, in the fall of 2016 it stood for Safety Orange Swimmers. It is still a cry for help. The art exhibit included 22 bright orange people holding onto inner tubes. It was created by artists Ann Hirsch and Jeremy Angier.
The art exhibit will be in Toronto until September 2019. It now includes 25 orange swimmers. Each person represents more than one million refugees. There are estimated to be nearly 26 million refugees risking their lives crossing oceans and dangerous terrain to reach safety and freedom for their families.
The orange figures all look identical and are only torsos. As they get caught in the wake of a boat you can clearly see that there is no mid section or legs attached. The figures cling to their inner tubes but are anchored so they do not drift away further into Lake Ontario.
The artwork represents people who are so desperate to flee their country that they leave everything behind and risk death by drowning or dehydration as they cling to homemade rafts. A boat approached and we imagined what these orange people would be thinking as they faced an uncertain future in a new land.
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Safety Orange Swimmers
Post # 258
Saturday, 20 July 2019
Location: Irvine, California, USA
Address: 360 Spectrum Center Drive
Date: June 2019
Hello Kitty was created by company Sanrio in 1974 and since then she has appeared on everything from pencil cases to electric guitars. Hello Kitty products generate billions of dollars every year. People just can't get enough of that cute little kitty with no mouth. That includes us. When we heard that California had a Hello Kitty Cafe where we could also have tea, we made our reservation right away.
The Hello Kitty Cafe is located in the Irvine Spectrum Center. The Irvine Spectrum Center is located about 1 to 3 hours drive (Welcome to LA!) south of Los Angeles. Once you arrive you can load up on Hello Kitty shaped cookies, cakes, macarons and more.
The cafe is decorated with drawings of desserts that feature Hello Kitty. Some of them were available and very similar to what was pictured. Anyone can purchase items from the cafe but you need a reservation to have tea in the Bow Room. There are only about six tables in the Bow Room so book ahead.
The Bow Room is located through a door at the back of the cafe. If you have a reservation you are welcomed into this room, while everyone else looks up from their Hello Kitty cookies to try and sneak a peak. It is called the Bow Room after the little pink bow Hello Kitty always has in her hair. Sorry Pochacco but this is not the Bow Wow room. Only Hello Kitty is featured, none of her large group of Sanrio friends.
The tea cups and tea pots all had a gold Hello Kitty on them and of course a bow. It was too cute.
We started our meal off with a fruit salad topped with coconut cream. It had a Hello Kitty face inside a heart on top.
Hello Kitty's backstory claims here real name is Kitty White and she comes from England. For this reason we hoped she knew a thing or two about high tea service. She did not disappoint. We enjoyed everything. We were served 3 tiers of scones, quiches, sandwiches and desserts.
We devoured everything in between sips of tea. One of the last desserts we ate was a square cake with a frosted Hello Kitty on top. Sorry Kitty but looking cute will not stop us from eating you. Same goes for you Hello Kitty shaped sugar. Into the tea cup you go.
The Bow Room serves cocktails in the evening. But it also looked like you could have your tea around the Hello Kitty silhouette bar. We enjoyed the Bow Room and our visit immersed in Hello Kitty. As we left the cafe we passed a Hello Kiity near the entrance. Goodbye Kitty.......for now.
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Hello Kitty Grand Cafe
Post # 257