S: Road Trips 2010-2011
FC: Road Trips | 2010-2011
1: Photos can evoke memories of special times - time spent with family and friends. This album is a collection of photos from road trips in 2010 and 2011 that deserve to be remembered. | Father's Day 2011 - The first time Eric, Daniel and I all play hockey together. Surprise! PJ, our next door neighbours' son, is one of the goalies
2: July 2010 - Dad came to Ottawa, then he, Eric and I drove down to Washington, D.C. Two national capitals - two national holidays. | Lots of people came out to catch a glimpse of the Queen.
3: The Fourth of July in DC and there's no end of flags, military, and, in the evening, fireworks.
4: On the way down, we stopped to see Arve, and Oksana, his new wife, and their baby. The 3rd, we walked, and walked and walked, seeing many of the historic sites and monuments, starting with the White House.
6: Eric reflecting, literally and figuratively, on the Vietnam Veterans memorial.
7: Our bed and breakfast, the Washington Monument, and the Memorial to the Korean Conflict.
8: July 3rd, off to see the Nationals play the Mets - and finally sit after a lot of walking. Stephen Strasburg, the rookie pitcher for the Nationals, struggled and got no support and left after five innings. Going into the bottom of the ninth down 5-3, the Nationals loaded the bases, then Adam Dunn launched a shot to centre that hit the top of the wall and bounced back in for a ground rule double, tying the game. A different outcome almost came about though as Guzman had retreated to third base to tag up and nearly collided with Harris, who was running full speed from second and had to do a shuffle-step to barely avoid passing his teammate, which would have resulted in the inning’s second out. With a single to right, Rodriguez drove in the winning run and we went off to find something to eat.
10: More history - the Jefferson Memorial and Arlington Cemetery, including memorials for Space Shuttle Challenger, the Maine (a boat which was blown up in 1989 helping to ignite the Spanish-American War) and the Canadian Cross of Sacrifice for US citizens who fought in the Canadian armed forces.
12: After several days of very hot weather, a day at the museum seemed like a good idea. The Smithsonian is not just one museum, but a number of them. The one we went to July 6th was the National Air and Space Museum. From the Wright Brothers and the Spirit of St.Louis to moon rocks and Apollo 11, there was not in the field of aviation that wasn't covered.
14: Earlier, July 5th, we visited the Museum of American History, where in addition to learning about Lincoln and the Star Spangled Banner, we were able to buy bits of memorabilia, like Abbott and Costello's "Who's on first?" for Dad, and Gumby for Eric.
15: On the way back, we stopped at Philadelphia, where it was even hotter, so our walking about was limited but did take in Philly cheese steaks, as well as Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Another city, another ball park. Seats in an air-conditioned level made this game more bearable, Six to three Phillies over the Braves in extra innings...
16: The next road trip was a family affair to celebrate Dad's 80th birthday with all four of us heading to Regina then on to Calgary, after taking in a Roughrider game and stopping at Gull Lake on the way. | It doesn't take some people long to feel at home.
18: Saturday, August 14th, it's a Spence family reunion, with recognition of Dad's 80th birthday. | Flo shows she's still on her game.
19: Everyone should have a Roughrider garden gnome carrying a football. | And in the evening, it's back to Ken's to continue the party with a private pipe concert.
20: The following day, our visit was a catalyst for the burial of the ashes of of two special people. Vera Gutrath, my grandmother, and her sister,Mildred Sharpe. The Frasers, Nelsons and Spences met at Gleichen on a beautiful day and shared in a moment of reminiscence, aided by Eric singing Tracy Chapman's "The Promise".
22: On to Verna and Clare's for time to relax and think nice thoughts, with four generations on hand.
23: Who knew horseballs was such a popular spectator sport?
24: Daniel checking out a box of memorabilia from Nanna, including a crib board, photos, tea towel from l'Ile aux enfants, the boys school in London, and a real treasure - a letter written by my mother to her grandmother in March, 1939, when she was still six years old. It's a shame about the turkey...
27: When in Calgary, Martine can't resist walking in the Rockies with our friends, Robert and Odile. And, yes, we did go up to the pass.
30: A visit to the Glenbow Museum, then another family get-together, this time with the Gutraths, and we finally meet Sharon's husband, Bill Seibens.
31: Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park Built on the Siksika Reserve, this indoor/outdoor museum is owned and operated by the natives. The tour we took gave us another way of looking at how the government and its representatives carried out negotiations.
32: The Drumheller Badlands are better known, but Dinosaur Provincial Park is larger (73 square km) and more impressive. A single photo cannot do it justice.
34: Forty dinosaur species have been discovered at the park and more than 500 specimens have been removed and exhibited in museums across the globe.
36: Prairie scenes on the road back to Hussar
37: Another walk, this time in the foothills near Bragg Creek
39: C'est toujours un plaisir de revoir Robert, Odile et Nicolas. Ils sont tellement souriants. | It's always a pleasure to see Ken as well, and to listen to him play the pipes, so when he said he was going to play in a parade in Beiseker, we asked to come along. When we got there, Ken hadn't arrived yet, so we were talking to one of the pipers who told us they were having trouble with the bass drummer, who was back in rehab. As a result, when the pipe major pulled the bass drum out of the trunk and asked if anyone knew how to play, we knew why - and we all looked at Daniel.
40: A bit of advice from the snare drummer, a little bit of pre-parade practice and Daniel was ready. | Everyone gets into the parade in a small town.
41: Even Daniel. He looked like he'd been a member of the band for, well, ten minutes, but that was just the sandals, jeans, and hair. He played well enough.
42: After the parade, there was a lunch to celebrate 100 years of Scouting in Beiseker, and the pipe band was a large part of the ceremony, and piped in the guest of honour, Donald Ethell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. Not bad, Dan - playing for the Queen's representative on your debut.
43: On the way back, we drove by our first house at 10 Abalone Crescent, then headed back to Ken's, stopping for gas on the way, where a wedding party that was feeling helpful checked the oil, cleaned the windows and offered cocktails. | A souvenir of Calgary - the shirt was too appropriate not to buy it for Eric.
44: Ken served up a great meal on our last day in Calgary, and we broke open the Rider Pride wine, as well as several other bottles. Martine was not pleased. Checking out the box from Nanna at the airport
45: July 2011 - Pilgrimage to Boston | Another Canada Day in Ottawa and Dad scores another visit from the Royal Family - Prince William and Sarah, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall - although the projection on the big screen was all we saw of them. I liked the flamenco dancer with the Caucasian beating on an Indian drum, though. Very multi-cultural!
46: We hit the Freedom Trail next day - Boston Common, the State House, and Granary Burying Ground, where three signers of the Declaration of Independence are interred, including John Hancock, whose servant Frank is buried alongside. Paul Revere is also buried there.
47: The Old South Meeting House, Quincy Market with an image of Zdeno Chara holding the Stanley Cup, the Old State House, in front of which the Boston Massacre took place, and children cooling off on a hot day in a public space made possible by the Big Dig.
48: Red bricks mark the Freedom Trail, which leads past the statue of Paul Revere to the Old North Church, where lanterns were hung to tell of the British invasion "one if by land, two if by sea". Not on the Trail, the statue of Bobby Orr scoring the famous overtime winner.
49: A bus and river tour took us to Harvard, on the Charles River, and to the bar that was the inspiration for one of Dad's favourite TC shows, Cheers.
50: Enough sightseeing - time to watch some baseball! Dad had wanted to see Fenway Park for a long time and we had tickets for two games - the first one along the first base line, the second out beside the left field wall, known as the Green Monster. Statue of Red Sox greats and teammates - Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky
51: Game 1 - Red Sox up by three going into the ninth. Bautista homers, scoring two, but Encarnacion is called out at the plate trying to score on a questionable call. 3-2 Red Sox final. We go to the Boston Beer Works to rehash the game and Red Sox fans tell us they think the call was wrong, but will take the win. | Bautista on third | Tim Wakefield, knuckleballer, pitching for the Red Sox
52: Tickets in left field is the real Fenway experience. You're right out by the Green Monster and there's no foul territory between you and the play. Boston won 6-4, but a rain delay in the eighth gave us extra time to savour the moment and see the grounds crew go to work.
54: The Green Monster from all angles. The view from the top looking in, 37 feet straight down (above), and (next page) showing the dents from fly balls and on the field. | Our last day in Boston, we took in a tour of Fenway, starting at the top and working our way down and around to left field. There were many interesting bits of information, including why the blue chairs under the upper deck, like the one above, are taken out and refurbished rather than simply being replaced. If they were replaced, new norms for chair width and fire code would need to be respected and the number of seats would decrease by several hundred.
55: When we got back, Dad did the following write up on Fenway for a newsletter he edits. Fenway Park Fenway Park, the oldest stadium still in use in the Major League of Baseball and considered one of the best-known sports venues in the world, opened in April, 1912. This would have made the front page of the Boston papers were it not that the Titanic had sunk the previous day. The Boston Red Stockings, soon after changed to the Red Sox, first played at a park on Huntingdon Avenue. John Taylor, owner at the time, wanted to be able to sell more tickets, however, so asked his father, who owned Fenway Realty Company, for a suitable location for a new park. His father told him he had a spot with good access, however it was bounded by five streets. Taylor built his park within the limits of the five streets, which accounts for the field’s notable features. The most well known of these is the left field wall, known as the “Green Monster.” It is 37 feet high and was built originally because of the confines of the ball park and more recently to stop people in the adjacent street from watching the game for free. The scoreboard in the Green Monster showing the scores of other league games is changed manually throughout the game. The bull pen area in front of the right-centre bleachers is named “Williamsburg”. It was built to shorten the outfield and so allow Red Sox slugger Ted Williams to hit more home runs.
56: There is one red seat among the blue seats in the right field bleachers. It is 502 feet from home plate. It designates where Ted Williams hit the longest measured home run in Fenway Park history. A fan was sitting in his seat when Ted Williams hit a home run. He was wearing a “boater” type hat, had dozed off, and pulled the hat down over this face. The ball landed on the hat and put a hole in the top as well as a good sized lump on the fan’s head. Shortly after Ted died in 2002, the Red Sox invited relatives of the fan to sit in this row of seats and all came wearing boater hats - each with a hole in the top! The right field foul pole is named for Johny Pesky, a light hitting Hall of Famer. The distance to the bleachers at the pole 302 feet is the shortest dimension for a home run in baseball. Pesky hit the odd home run to this area. The left field foul pole is named for Carleton Fisk, a former Red Sox catcher. In a World Series playoff game in 1975 between the Red Sox and the Reds, in extra innings, Fisk hit a game winning home run just inside the foul pole in left field. I remember watching it on TV. Fisk was shown waiving his arms towards the infield hoping the ball would stay fair.which it did. | A bit of drama was added in that the camera man covering the play from the outfield was to follow the flight of the ball. As he was adjusting the camera view, a large rat crawled along a beam just in front of him. He froze and kept the camera trained on Fisk at home plate thus preserving a moment in sports history. In 1963, private suites were added behind home plate and in 1988, 610 stadium club seats, enclosed in glass and named the “600 Club” were added above the home plate bandstand. Then in 2002, these seats were renamed the “.406 Club”in honour of Ted Williams who hit an average of .406 in 1941.No batter has hit for an average of over .400 since. This was done 6 days after Ted’s death. Seats were installed atop the Green Monster in 2003. The club didn’t know if fans would want to sit there so the initial seat charge was $25. The seats sold out for the season in just 70 minutes despite going on sale in February during a severe snow storm and continue to be very popular, so much so that a lottery is held in January of each year to determine which fans can buy a ticket to sit in this section. Season tickets are not sold for these seats. The 2010 NHL Winter Classic hockey game between the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers was played in Fenway Park. As proof of the attraction of the field, or Bostonians’ love for their team, every home game has been sold out since May 2003.
57: Some more memories from the road trips covered by this album.