Tuesday. 2pm. We were working but we weren’t supposed to be. Tuesdays are our day off. I busted into Tim’s office and suggested a spontaneous mini-road trip. Super mini.

roll the dice“Where to?”, he foolishly asked. 15 minutes later, we were sitting in the car and rolling the Zufall dice into the cup holder. We set the base value at 15 minutes – so a roll of 1 would mean a 15 minute drive but we were prepared for an hour and a half to find our unknown destination (the return trip would make this more of a road trip than either of us was prepared for, but what the heck!) As it happened, the roll was 1 NE.

Right away we started thinking about what was 15 minutes Northeast of us, and given it was a drug store that we needed to go shopping at, we were about to set toward our destination. BUT. But, that is not in true Zufall spirit. So we threw away any notion of where were going and started driving North. We didn’t make the turn East that would have taken us to the store – going a little further North before making a turn.  That road, wound east, north and even west for a while eventually taking us to a “No Through Road” sign. We were lost but we journeyed on to discover the road dead ended at a lake with a regional park marker.

regional park kelownaWe parked and jumped out to take a look at the sign – Robert Lake Regional Park. What we discovered was that this lake was actually a salt lake and was very popular with birds. While we stood and took in the view, a man pulled up with his camera – large zoom lens in tow. We got to chatting and he told us that he visits the lake almost daily to see the comings and goings of migrating birds. He pointed out a few of the birds of note (a Barrow’s Goldeneye and a few Northern Shovellers got him pretty excited).


taking pictures of birds in kelownaIf you’ve followed Zufall for a while, you know we’ve had some pretty spectacular times bird watching on our various trips around the globe and here we were discovering what a birder’s paradise our own backyard is. Our new friend kindly gave us a few more bird-rich places to check out around town (perhaps, next time, with our binoculars).

It’s funny. You live in a place for a while and you think you know it, but its not until you let yourself get lost that you find new things.

Toronto is a City to Get Lost In

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When we go to Toronto, we seldom step foot in Toronto. You see, with family spread across the region, we are generally on a tightly regimented schedule of driving and visiting. It goes something like, land, drive to Milton, visit, drive to Stouffville, visit, drive to Oshawa, visit, drive to, well, you get the idea.

Photo Safari in Calgary

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On saturday I went to prince’s island park in Calgary. I met up with my friends to do photo safari. First we went south west and my topic was shelter for animals. I picked photos of where a beaver or otter may like to live.   Next we rolled the dice and we went south

No Whining About Wine Country

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We’re all familiar with the cobbler who has holes in his shoes…well, Tim and I have suffered from something similar lately.  We’ve been so busy, our lives so over-scheduled, that we haven’t had time to roll the dice. So, when we had to schedule an afternoon off – we knew exactly what to do. We