River Break 2010

River Break 2010

I missed it completely this year. Normally, I’m hyper aware of when the Athabasca River may or may not break up, that point in the season when the ice flow pushes through town on its way to the Delta and beyond into Lake Athabasca. It fizzled away about two hours ago, days ahead of when
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Spring springs surprises

Spring springs surprises

I moved into this house over a decade ago. In those years, despite torrential downpours, crazy snow melts and other twists and turns offered up by Mother Nature, we have had no issues with water in the basement. This year has been different. Last fall, Heather asked herself, “How can I get some moisture into
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In Sickness and in…

In Sickness and in…

I started getting hot flashes late in the afternoon, followed by a twinge in my stomach after supper. By the time the kids were in bed, after a healthy dose of WWE Monday Night Raw, I figured out that I was coming down with something. As I pulled back the sheets and crawled into bed
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Mexican Memories

Mexican Memories

As the water from the rapidly melting snow streams off the roof into the growing puddles below, it’s a perfect time to reflect back on our week in Mexico and extract my top ten memories while they are fresh. In no particular order: The earnestness of the people. They work hard for little pay with
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Perfect Storm

Perfect Storm

While we were flying across North America en route from Cancun to Edmonton, a gargantuan spring snowstorm hit Wood Buffalo. By the time we landed and got settled into our hotel, the winds were slamming up against the windows, causing an eerie whine, but no snow. We knew what was happening back home thanks to
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Waving Goodbye

Waving Goodbye

The night air is still, stirred only by the air conditioners and the slowly turning ceiling fans. I can’t sleep with the anticipation of our long trip tomorrow. Normally I write the Middle Age Bulge blog in the early morning or evening, very rarely in the middle of the night as sleep seldom eludes me.
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Masks

Masks

Ben had his heart set on a Mayan mask since we spotted them during our first walk down fifth avenue in Playa del Carmen. So, on our second to last day in the Riviera, we gave both boys a budget of $1,000 pesos to spend however they liked. Ben made a beeline right to the
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Xcaret

Xcaret

Xcaret is a short ten minute taxi ride from downtown Playa del Carmen, the site of a Maya civilization archaelogical site and a massive eco-tourism attraction. We spent the whole day there yesterday, exploring ancient ruins, floating down an underground river, adoring a bale of gargantuan sea turtles and a pod of dolphins, and battling
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In the Wee Small Hours

In the Wee Small Hours

I don’t think Playa del Carmen ever sleeps. Even in the wee small hours of the morning there is activity around every turn. Out of the Coco Bongo, an exotic and highly popular nightclub, pours the young and foolish, strangers in the night and friends by morning. The barkeeps and security guards quietly wait for
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Third World & Religion

Third World & Religion

We are basking in the lap of luxury in Playa del Carmen, five star hotels, all-inclusive resorts, fancy shops and more restaurants than you can imagine. But make no mistake that this is a country that must be considered third world. Our day began with a start, as the time had changed the night previous,
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