Summer is a time to kick back and relax. That does not necessarily mean being inactive, but what it does mean to me is taking a break from social media and getting outdoors to enjoy the sun, the scenery, and real people doing real things. I have very little time now to post on social media as I am endeavouring to live my life to the fullest, by my standards, and not that which is imposed on us by the constant nagging of social media.
Here is a short video of some of my playtime activities to keep the electronically dependant happy for a least…well..um…30 seconds or so 🙂
Wascana Park in central Regina is a popular destination for both locals and tourists alike. There is just something exquisite about having a beautiful man-made lake in the middle of a major city on the prairies of western Canada.
Without a doubt, one of my favourite parks to cycle through, whether it be on a fixed-gear city bike, a road bike, or even a time trial bike enroute to the straight and flat highways east of Regina.
Although this video was shot in the early spring, I wanted to do a compare and contrast clip to be shot later on in the summer. Although the scenery is still drab and dull and the park roads were wet and full of potholes from the winter freeze/thaw cycles, this will soon change to new pavement and the beautiful shades of green in the summer season. Warm sunshine and lazy days on the beach – what’s not to like?
Recently, during some of my road rides, I have felt drawn to stop at some of the war memorials around Regina, and the smaller communities nearby. These memorials have caused me to think acutely aboutall those soldiers who gave their lives over two world wars (and others) to keep Canada strong and free.
It is so easy to take for granted all the blessings we have as a nation. I thank God for those brave men and women who gave up their lives in service of their country. They, and their families, suffered unspeakable horror, devastation, and loss in order that we might live in peace.
This particular memorial is located in the small community of Grand Coulee, Saskatchewan.
Have you ever been held up by a train in the middle of nowhere? No big deal, at least to me, as I have always been fascinated by trains and rolling stock. Perhaps it is just the sheer immensity and power that impresses me, I am really not entirely certain. All I know is that I have loved watching trains since I was a little boy.