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Die-hard camper builds roof-top pop-up tents to keep bears at bay. And they are COOL!

By Erin L / June 16, 2014 / 1 Comment

  Chad Kendrick and his fiancée woke in the middle of the night to grunting and snorting. A bear was outside, rustling through their campsite. They were in a tent, and they were trapped. Terrified, they stayed still, even as the bear rubbed against the flimsy nylon and bowed the wispy fabric in toward them.…

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Your Camper is a Wimpy Baby, Compared to the Powerful Swiss-Army-Style UEV-440

By Erin L / May 13, 2014 / Comments Off on Your Camper is a Wimpy Baby, Compared to the Powerful Swiss-Army-Style UEV-440

It’s official.  I may just give up my tent.  But not for any ordinary camper.  The UEV-440 is the ultimate Urban Escape Vehicle. “The UEV-440 is a true Jack of all trades, it offers the maneuverability and capability of a camper trailer as well as caravan benefits such as a hard roof, sides and floor,”…

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Who Knew? Calgary Alberta Used to have a Streetcar Network.

By Erin L / May 7, 2014 / 1 Comment

Calgary is potentially going back to the past to bring us to the future. Discussions are un derway to revive an old streetcar line that used to exist in the 1940’s.  It was upgraded after World War II. Read More about what could be in the works for Calgary’s transit “Many such systems were old…

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Prison: Not Your Average Day Trip

By Erin L / September 10, 2013 / 2 Comments

I have, and now I can say I’m glad it’s a one-off. I once made a trip to Saskatchewan Pennetentiary  to visit an inmate convicted of killing his daughter’s boyfriend. <Aside: it was for a documentary I was working on some time ago for a local company. To my knowledge the film has yet to…

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Travel Blog: Taking a Chance in Cuba 2010

By Erin L / August 22, 2013 / 3 Comments

It started with a baseball cap.  And led to a cozy evening in the home of a Cuban family, sharing beer and watching baseball on a vintage black and white TV, before a soldier appeared at the door, dressed for battle.  But I’m ahead of myself.  The ball cap…. Havana’s Artisan Market is a maze…

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Travel Blog: Adventures & Explosions in Egypt and Jordan

By Erin L / August 18, 2013 / 1 Comment

With the situation in Egypt this week, it’s been reminding me of the trip I took there (and to Jordan) many years ago.  I had a great time, met lovely, friendly people and really immersed myself in the history and culture.  I kept a travel journal in the form of e-mails home.  Here they are…

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Travel Blog: Barcelona Secret Walking Tour to Gaudi’s Park Guell

By Erin L / August 15, 2013 / Comments Off on Travel Blog: Barcelona Secret Walking Tour to Gaudi’s Park Guell

As we were sitting in our Barcelona apartment wondering about the best way to get from Barcelonetta beach to Park Guell, I found a GREAT write up that seemed at first intimidating , but was actually a fun adventure, and a great way to avoid the massive tourist crowds. The blog is from Orange Monkey…

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Travel: Craters of the Moon — on Earth

By Erin L / March 5, 2013 / 1 Comment

With all the billionaires paying millions to rocket into space, it’s too bad they don’t know there’s a way to pay a visit to a lunar surface, without leaving earth, and without the sky-high cost. Buried deep in the middle of Nowhere, Idaho, is a small park; a national park, no less. But hurtling across…

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