Friday, November 27, 2009
Here's a very short version of his speech and here's the whole shebang. It's a fascinating critique of Western society, written from a Christian perspective and also from one who grew up as a Russian communist.
Thanks for the link, Brian! (In case you're reading this.)
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
And of course for any camping trip, there is the small question of fishing. It was incredible! Never have we caught so many large fish in such a short time. You will have to ask for the stories that go along with these fish some other time.
We started out fishing quite a bit on the Mattawa River just below the rapids. There we caught a number of smaller small-mouth bass. But the highlight there is a 14.5 lb catfish - 31 inches long, 18 inches in girth that I caught. No picture unfortunately, but that's the official family record for catfish to my knowledge (aside from Dad's unofficial cat in Jordan Harbour, and aside from any picture-less fish that Jer remembers catching. :) Just kidding, of course.)
After Curt, Jen, Phillip, and Ruth left, Dad, Mom, and I discovered another place, outside of the park. The location is classified... we might let you in on it for a price. :)
First of all, I caught a 3.8 lb large-mouth bass there.
Then soon after that I caught a 4.4 lb walleye! This fish actually broke the line right next to the shore, whereupon Dad jumped in and caught it with his bare hands. So the credit goes just as much to Dad as to myself. Here you can see the two fish. We let the bass go, and made a fish-fry out of the walleye (cut into pieces and fry in egg and bread crumbs).
Then on the following day, Dad caught a 1 lb largemouth, and then I caught a 5 lb largemouth! This was my biggest largemouth ever, though Jonathan still holds the (unofficial?) record for his Florida bass.
Actually, this bass has a bit of a story as well. We decided to keep it, and left it tied up on the shore. But we came to get it just before we were going to go, and a turtle had been chewing on it! :( All in all, we probably lost a pound of meat to the turtle (though the 5 lbs measurement was taken in the pre-turtle era.) We ate this one as well (deep fried with batter). Here is a picture so you can see the turtle effect a little better. (The other side was worse.)
And finally on the next day, Dad wrestled a fish out of the one location that we had been trying for a while. It was a 4.2 lb largemouth. (Dad's biggest?) We let this fish go, as (needless to say) we had just had two very big fish dinners.
I've never seen fishing like that before. Incredible, eh? Too bad Curt and Jen and Ruth and Phillip couldn't have stayed a bit longer!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
This picture reminded me of the marshes in LOTR. Dad would probably be horrified that I'm comparing real experience to movies, but ah well. :)
This was what a good number of my pictures look like before editing. :)
The ubiquitous grain elevator, once again.
One of the river valleys. (Athabasca?)
The Trans-Canada pipeline? No, just some hay bales.
They do everything big in these provinces! This train was actually probably five times as long as what you see.
Some Manitoba farmland. The horizon is at least 10 kilometers away! (I measured.)
Right now I'm at a Day's Inn in Portage La Prairie. Tomorrow night I'll be into Ontario. I'm thinking of sleeping in my car overnight, so you may not hear from me.
Monday, August 10, 2009
I never knew an onion could do that. Actually, I saw it starting to sprout and so I left it in the fridge.
Tomorrow morning I'm leaving for Ontario. I was going to leave tonight, but it didn't work out (too much to do). So I'm not going to stop by Calgary and am instead driving straight from here (no change in plans for Thursday, don't worry).
Friday, August 7, 2009
Don't worry... it's not quite as bad as that. Two reasons - first of all, my mug is usually elsewhere when I do the dishes. And secondly, if you look carefully, I made the shadow line up with the tea/coffee stain on the mug. :)
Here's some other assorted pictures of Edmonton. This one below is my appartment (part of a four-plex) from the outside. The tree there is a half dead birch. All the birches in the area seem to have the same sort of malady.
A local jack-rabbit I saw in the park.
And a nearby retirement complex.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
I had never caught any walleye before, so Jean-David was going to show me how to catch some. And catch some we did! Here is the picture of my second walleye there. We weighed it, and it was right at 5 lbs. Unfortunately, we never got to eat it, as it bent the stringer during the day and got away. Here are two pictures of it.
Jeremy? Curt? Is this the record for walleye? We should really have a page somewhere discussing who caught what for the family records. :)
Thanks for the great trip, Jean-David!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
I did do pretty well though, even getting some fish on some of my biggest lures. I tried the Baramundi Mauler, Curt & Jer, but didn't get anything on that one unfortunately. :)
We also saw on the trip two bald eagle's, some loons, and a big white pelican.
Afterwards, we went over to the VanderVeen's and had a nice dinner there together (Mr. and Mrs. VanderVeen, Rev. & Mrs. Pols, and Kevin VanderVeen, a grand-son).
This picture is of the bright yellow canola fields on the way home. Beautiful!
Monday, July 6, 2009
The main thing that impressed me on the trip was the sky. The sky is so big out here! Everything is so flat (especially in Saskatchewan) that you can see for miles and miles. That means that you can see much more of the sky than in Ontario. On my second day, I was chasing a storm for quite some time. I went right through a violent part of it, as you can see. The downpours are quite torrential (though localized).
Approaching a down-pour.
In the middle of the down-pour.
Saskatchewan. No trees for as far as you can see.
After a storm, #1. No set of pictures on a trip through the Prairies (aka 'Grain Basket') would be complete with a picture of the ubiquitous grain elevator).
After a storm, #2. I think this is my favourite picture.
He has made the earth by His power;
He has established the world by His wisdom,
And stretched out the heaven by His understanding.
When He utters His voice--
There is a multitude of waters in the heavens:
He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth;
He makes lightnings for the rain;
He brings the wind out of His treasuries."
It has been very nice to stay here. The Swets are very kind & sociable, love to play games :), and always include us students (Aaron V. and myself) in the life of the household.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
And this was from a while back. It's of Gary Z's Bachelor party.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Over the Christmas break, I visited Uncle Curt & Aunt Jane's house. I went there right before that one big storm (when we got over 1 foot of snow). We decided to play some pond hockey, but by the time we got the whole pond shovelled, we were just about too tired to play! And we could only play for about 20 minutes before we had to re-shovel. All in all, we probably did about 2-3 hours of shovelling for about 40 minutes of hockey. :)
Here's a picture Derek took. As you can see it was quite blizzardly!