One Day In…Norfolk County

They’re everywhere! This is not an event. It’s an invasion! Every hour the number of revving engines multiplies exponentially. Over 100 000 people and, perhaps, almost as many bikes have descended on Port Dover in Norfolk County. PD13 is billed as “the biggest single-day motorcycle event in the world,” and it certainly lives up to the hype. I have never experienced anything like this in all my life. Bikes of all colours, shapes and sizes flood the town and line the streets. It doesn’t stop. They just keep coming. On Friday, November 13, 1981 a small group of friends assembled, and now this massive tradition with music and food has grown to the extent that the PD13 website lists all future dates up to Friday, January 13, 2040! Continue reading “One Day In…Norfolk County”

The Sweet Northern Life

An apple pie a day makes for a romantic getaway…
“Was that me screaming?” It takes about two exhilarating minutes to wind down Blue Mountain on the new Ridge Runner mountain coaster and, like a scene out of Return of the Jedi, we feel like ewoks flying through the woods.
Collingwood has changed so much since we were kids lugging ski equipment for weekend lessons. Now, it’s a four-season destination to a river or a beach, paddling or sailing, skiing or snowshoeing, yoga on the docks or golfing on the greens, caving, climbing, hiking and some of the best cycling in Ontario along the highest trails in the escarpment. This is an interest-oriented place. It’s where we visit, and end up wanting to stay. Continue reading “The Sweet Northern Life”

Memories of Matsushima

Japan is a beautiful country. Three places in particular, often written about in Japanese poetry and prose, are considered the “Big Three” spectacular views: Mt. Fuji, Amanohashidate, and Matsushima.

Mt. Fuji is an ever-present, pristine vision towering over Shizuoka, and seen from all nearby prefectures. Many hike up to the clouds to view the lush green countryside below. Continue reading “Memories of Matsushima”