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Running Alongside the Ausable River Cut

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I love finding new places to run and explore.

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I had no idea what to expect when I started off on this run through Ausable River Cut Conservation Area.

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It was quite beautiful  running alongside the river,

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with some nice places to stop and take it all in,

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including this look-out.

ausable-river-cut-plaque

I like when there are information plaques like this one to learn more about the unique area and wildlife features.

ausable-sand-trail

It’s hard to tell from this picture, but the trail got really sandy once I got further in.

sand-dune

I had to take it slow to traverse this sand dune.

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The trail was only two kilometers long. On my second pass through, I decided to run up it instead. That was a lot harder to do than it appeared.

tire-staircase

These tire stairs were fun to run up and down.

dock

I haven’t been in a canoe in a while, but had a yearning to explore this river from the view of a boat. Maybe I will one day.

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Hagersville Skatepark

hagersville-skatepark

I stumbled across this skatepark last weekend. I wasn’t looking for a new spot to skate so it’s a good thing that I keep my skateboard in my trunk for occasions such as this one.

curved-quarter-pipe

I like the arch of this quarter-pipe. It’s also a nice height.

grind-rails-and-ledges

There are plenty of places to do grind tricks too.

pyramid-ramp

It has the typical pyramid ramp that is standard at these concrete parks.

stairs

The stair obstacles are nice.

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Not sure what this ramp is all about.

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I like that the part is relatively free of graffiti. It’s not the best place to skate and maybe not worth your time to travel here . . .

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but if you are in the vacinity of Hagersville in Haldimand County, it’s the only place to get your skate on.

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Parkhill Skatepark Tour

Last week, I happened to be driving through Parkhill, Ontario and stumbled upon this amazing skatepark. Let’s go on a visual tour of it now.

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Parkhill Libro Skateboard Park is located at 269 McLeod Street in Parkhill, Ontario.

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This park has plenty of obstacles, some unique features, and a great flow.

brick-wall-ramp

This brick-wall quarter-pipe ramp is a neat visual and quite different from the rest of the black-top ramps.

bump-obstacle

I’m not quite sure what this one is or how to skate it.

grind-rail

This extended and curved rail is interesting.

mini-ramp

I love a park that actually has a mini-ramp!

multi-levlel-quarter-pipe

This quarter-pipe has multiple levels to it and is good for skaters of all abilities.

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When you are here, make sure you follow the rules.

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Stairs, pyramid, and flat ramps.

picnic-table-skateboard-obstacle

This picnic-table obstacle is really cool. I haven’t seen anything like it at any skate park.

skateboarding-spectator-sport

Skateboarding is a great spectator sport. This park even has bleachers so you can sit back, relax, and take in some great skateboarding action.

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It’s worth the drive to Parkhill, Ontario, Canada.

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A Repurposed Tennis Court Becomes a Skatepark

An old and unused tennis court is the perfect place to build a new skatepark.

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I have never seen anything like this before.

But it is a great idea, don’t you think?

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This park is located in Mount Pleasant, Ontario and it has quite a few nice features.

stairs

I like the orange and blue colour scheme as well.

quarter-pipe

Here is the quarter-pipe,

pyramid

the pyramid with a grind ledge,

launch-ramp

the launch ramp,

girnd-ledges

and some additional flat-land grind obstacles.

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I had a lot of fun skating in a tennis court. I’d never done that before.

It’s nice to see park spaces being revitalized and repurposed so that they can be used in new and excited ways.

Thank you, Mount Pleasant!

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Fan Expo 2016 Highlights

542-fan_expo_shieldFan Expo is a great comic book and science fiction convention that happens the last weekend of summer every year in Toronto. It is always a lot of fun dressing up in cosplay outfits, attending panels, meeting celebrities, getting comics autographed, and buying some new collectibles. Here are some the highlights from last weekend’s event.

ninth-doctor

This is my family in  our Doctor Who cosplay finest. I am dressed up as the 9th Doctor, my son is The Empty Child, and my daughter is a gender-bent version of the 11th Doctor. Thanks to the Doctor Who Society for letting us pose with a Dalek!

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We attended the Alex Kingston panel. She plays River Song on Doctor Who and was an absolute pleasure to watch. She told some great stories and interacted with the crowd in personal ways.

2nd-doctor

Normally I just go for one day, but this year I bought a deluxe weekend pass and attended all four days. That meant four different costumes. Here is my take on the 2nd Doctor. One person recognized me and commented on my costume. That’s a cosplay win! Although, I think I can improve on this one in the future.

autographs

Klaus Janson autographed a Star Trek comic for me and Clay Mann autographed my TPB of Lady Bullesye from Daredevil.

tim-sale-autograph

Daredevil Yellow is one of my all-time favourite books. And I got Tim Sale to autograph it. Amazing!

daredevil-panel

Speaking of Daredevil. This panel with the actors who play Daredevil and Foggy in the television series was incredible. It was moderated by Joe Quesada as well.

daleks-and-whovians

Here we are again in Doctor Who cosplay. This time I am the 10th Doctor and my kids are Rory and Amy Pond. Next time, I shall have to try cosplaying the 11th Doctor for a more cohesive family cosplay. Still, I love this shot!

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I couldn’t resist getting my picture with my favourite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle either.

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Stan Lee was incredible. He was warm-hearted and hilarious. Just as I would have thought. I am so glad I got to see him in his last round of conventions.

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Here we are again. Our Tardis seems to have shrunk.

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I am glad I got to see the original Captain Kirk, William Shatner, as well. It was a nice way to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek.

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Of course, I had to dress for the occasion.

Live long and prosper!

That’s the highlights of this year’s Fan Expo. I can’t wait to do it again next year!

Laurier Creek Trail Run (Waterloo, ON)

Laurel Trail

I found myself in Waterloo yesterday and decided to run this trail. Even though I knew nothing about it, how long it was, or where it headed.

The sign gave me lots of information, however. I knew that the trail was two kilometers long and that this run would probably be around five kilometers total.

Laurer Trail Bearinger

I entered Laurier Trail off of Bearinger Road and it quickly became a dirt path.

University of Waterloo Laurer Trail

It headed towards the University of Waterloo and a sports park.

Laurier Creek

It was nice to see Laurier Creek. Quite a few people were fishing at different points along the waterfront.

The trail was completely flat and I had to run pretty much straight there and straight back. It wasn’t the best run I’ve ever had and I wouldn’t go out of my way to run this route. However, it does extend further the other way and might be worth exploring.

More Information

The Laurel Trail offers more than eight kilometres (five miles) of trail along the Laurel Creek.

It runs through uptown Waterloo – where you may want to stop for food, shopping or a visit to the Waterloo Public Square – and Waterloo Park, the jewel of the city.

This trail is suitable for walking, cycling and some rollerblading.

Location

The Laurel Trail runs from uptown Waterloo north through the University of Waterloo to Columbia Lake.

http://www.waterloo.ca/en/gettingactive/laureltrail.asp

The Inaugural “Instagram Immemorial”

I started using Instagram 111 weeks ago.

It’s hard to believe that it has actually been that long.

Chase March 1st Instagram Post

This is my first post from April 2014. It shows a small part of my Daredevil collection.

Atmosphere Concert

I saw Atmosphere in concert and took this terrible photograph.

I did get to talk to Slug backstage and record an amazing interview with him though.

Spock Scrabble

I almost got to play this amazing word in a round of Star Trek Scrabble.

Smile and Wave

I made some punny jokes.

I made another one there. Pun + funny = punny. Get it?

Chase March Radio Selfie

I took some selfies at the radio station,

trail run

documented some amazing running spots,

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shared some skatepark memories,

DW cosplay

And even did some Doctor Who cosplay at Toronto’s Fan Expo.

If you haven’t been following me on Instagram, you might have missed all of this cool stuff.

I still have 91 weeks worth of  images to catch you up on. That is why this post is titled, “The Inaugural Instagram Immemorial” because there will be more.

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Trilliums on the Trail Side

This is the time of year that the Trillium are in bloom.

I always love seeing Ontario’s Provincial Flower along the trail side when I go for my runs.

Trilliums on the Trail Side (1)

Here is collage I made and shared on Instagram.

The images above were taken during one of my trail runs through Komoka Provincial Park.

Meadowlily Woods Trilliums (4)

Today, I ran through Meadowlily Woods and spotted some Purple Trilliums.

Beautiful!

Kains Woods

This is from a few weeks back. I didn’t seen any Trillium flowers during my trek through Kains Woods.

They are kind of elusive these flowers. They aren’t in bloom for very long. So get out on the trails this weekend. and find some.

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First Trail Run of the Year

Meadowlily Bridge

I decided to kick off the running season with a trail run through Meadowlily Woods.

Area Floods

It rained heavily for two days though, so when I got there, I decided that it might be best to stick to the paved trail.

This sign warned me that the area is subject to flooding. It still thought the paved trail would be better than the one through the bush.

Flooded Trail

As you can see, I was wrong. I have never seen the river this high. There was absolutely no way around it. This wasn’t a puddle. It was the river encompassing the entire trail.

Meadowlily Woods Trail

So I turned around, and went through the nature part of the trail. There were a few wet sections, but I was able to get a three kilometer run in quite nicely.

Wide and High River

It was an interesting start to my new season of running.

It’s going to be a little different this year. I no longer have data on my phone (I had to cut some expenses) so I won’t be able to track my runs as easily as I did last year. I really loved using that app too.

I do hope to find and document some new running spots for this blog though. So stay tuned for that.

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Wawanosh Wetlands Nature Trail

Wawanosh Wetlands

Let’s remember the bright and warm days of Autumn, now that we are stuck in the throws of Winter.

Wawanosh Trail

Wawanosh Wetlands Conservation Area is in Sarnia and is a nice place to go for a run.

What is a Wetland

If you want to know more about Wetlands, click the picture to read the plaque that was along the trail side. I didn’t stop long enough to read it myself. Had to keep running!

Wawanosh Rest Station

If I did want to stop, this would have been the perfect place!

Wawanosh Info Plaque

I didn’t see any wildlife during my run, but there were a few other people enjoying the trail that might have scared them away.

Wawanosh Footbridge

The trail looped around the pond, but this bridge linked it up to the paved trail that runs for kilometers.

Wawanosh Adjoining Trail

I decided to explore it as well.

Wawanosh Biodiversity

There were a few more information plaques along the route,

Wawanosh Accesible Rest Station

and another rest area..

Wawanosh Running Route

You can see that I ran around the pond, and then I took the paved trail up to the main road, Modeland, and ran back down the paved trail on the other side of the river.

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Bridgeview Nature Trail

Bridgeview North Entrance

Bridgeview Park is located in Petrolia, Ontario and I thought it was the perfect place to go for a trail run this afternoon.

Bridgeview Trail

The trail is wide and winds for two kilometers.

Bridgeview Leash

There is also a leash free dog run here.

Bridgeview Plaque

This plaque gives us some information about the Samson posts and towers that were used to drill for oil.

Bridgeview Historic Oil Field

There is a working Historical Oil Field right on this site. It was closed though so I couldn’t explore it further.

Bridgeview River

I kept running along the trail that runs alongside Bear Creek,

Bridgeview Road

down this dirt road,

Bridgeview Covered Bridge

and under this covered bridge.

Bridgeview Pond

The trail continued up at the top of the hill and ran along side a farmer’s field before it rejoined the main trail.

Bridgeview Tower

As you can see, night was already starting to fall at this point. That’s why the first shot in this post is so dark. It’s crazy how quickly that happens these days. Trail run season is just about over.

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Springwater Trail Run

Springwater East Day Use Site

Springwater Forest is part of Catfish Creek Conservation Area and is located in St. Thomas, Ontario.

Springwater Run Along the Water

The trails through the forest are absolutely beautiful.

Springwater Boardwalk

This boardwalk leads over a lush bog.

Springwater Bridge

There are several foot bridges along the route as well.

Springwater Dock

I only stop at the observation docks long enough to snap a picture. They would be a great place to stop for  a picnic though.

Springwater Info Plaque

I appreciate the information plaques,

Springwater Rest Station

rest stations,

Springwater Swamp

and the natural beauty everywhere.

Springwater You are Here

The trails were clearly marked and easy to follow.

Springwater Run Route

Here’s a map showing the route I took today.

Springwater Boat Dock and Beach

There’s even a beach to cool off afterwards. What a beautiful run!

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Archie Coulter Conservation Area Trail

Archie Coulter Conservation Area

Archie Coulter Conservation Area is in St. Thomas, Ontario. I stumbled across it by chance and just knew I had to go for a run and explore.

Archie Coulter Trail

I didn’t realize that there was a formal parking lot a little further down the road until the end of my run. But this entrance was nice too.

Archie Coulter Bridge

After a kilometer in, I came to this bridge.

Archie Coulter in Autumn

I stayed on the main trail and it looped up nicely.

Archie Coulter River Bank

Running alongside the river was really nice.

Archie Coulter Woods

I ran a couple different loops and covered 4.5 kilometers today. It was a very nice run!

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Grimsby’s Memorial Skatepark

Shayne Armstrong Skatepark

Shayne Armstrong Memorial Skatepark is located in Grimsby, Ontario, Canada.

Box and Rail

It has all the typical ramps you would expect to see at an outdoor park.

Bump Launch

The ramps and obstacles are spread out nicely to allow a great flow when skateboarding.

Grinds

There are several ledges to do grind tricks on.

Half-pipe

There are three ramps here and one of them is part of a half-pipe.

Quarter-pipe

It serves as a great mini-ramp, complete with coping on either side.

Memorial Graffiti

I like how this skatepark is relatively graffiti free. They do have a few pieces such as this one on posts just off to the side of the cement course.

Pyramid

This pyramid box is nice.

ramps

I really love skating here and I think you will too.

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Strathroy Skatepark

Strathroy Sign

Strathroy Skate Park was built by the local Optimist Club.

bumps and ledges

It’s a nice park for little kids and those just starting out.

Centre Bump

It has a large bump in the middle of the park.

DIY box

Some skaters  have added a few personal touches, including this box

DIY ledge

and this grind ledge.

One half of the half-pipe

There is also a half-pipe. It doesn’t have any coping and the two sections are a bit too far away from each other, but it’s still fun to skate.

Rail

The rail has been replaced recently as well.

Strathroy Skatepark

I wouldn’t go out of my way to skate here, but if you are in the neighbourood, it’s a nice place to skate.

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Laurier Woods Trail

Laurier Woods Sign

This past weekend I was in North Bay and had the chance to get out for a trail run at Laurier Woods. It was absolutely beautiful. I wanted to share that with you.

Laurier Woods Trail

The trail had a lot of rocky sections and places where I needed to slow down or do some fancy footwork not to trip or slip.

Laurier Woods Boardwalk

But it was a gorgeous afternoon and the scenery was breath-taking.

Laurier Woods Trail Rocky Sections

There were a few hills as well, not many, mind you.

Laurier Trails Sign Posts

The trails were very well marked. I ran portions of them all; yellow, red, white, purple, and the new trail that was just added to the maps.

Laurier Woods Observation

This observation platform was at the top of a rock bluff.

Laurier Trail Waterside

There were lakes, swamps, and a little river along the route.

Laurier Woods Inukshuk

I came across one portion of the trail that had dozens of these rock figures. They are called inukshuks. There were two specific groupings of them here.

It was so blissfully quiet back in the woods that it was very calm and peaceful.

Laurier Woods Rock Markers

Portions of the trail ran across these large slates of rock. It was hard to tell exactly where the trail lead. Thankfully someone painted these arrows along the route.

Laurier Woods Route

Here is a map of my blind exploration. I didn’t know where I was running. I was just feeling my way around. You can see at the three kilometer point, I seemed to have come to an end of the yellow trail. It looked like it looped up on the map. Oh well, I turned around and pushed on.

It was a great run with some very beautiful sights to behold. Highly recommended for runners or walkers.

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McLennan Skatepark – Kitchener

McLennan Park

McLennan Park is located at 901 Ottawa Street South in Kitchener, Ontario and it is quite the place to visit for an afternoon of family fun. They have a leash-free dog park, a splash pad, basketball courts, a dirt bike course, a playground, and a great skateboard park.

bowl

This is one of the few parks in the area that has a full-sized bowl.

pool ledge coping

There are places where you can skate it just like a half-pipe. It even has an extra tall wall with pool-style coping at the top.

Street Course

And for the new-era skateboarders, it has a nice street course as well.

double camel hump

The double camel humps are a lot of fun.

launch ramp

There are plenty of places to grind.

quarter-pipe

This quarter-pipe is quite nice.

stairs and grind ledge

Here is a shot of the three-step, downslope ledge, jump ramp, and incline.

stairs

These stairs are more for the advanced skateboarders.

wedge

I’ve been to this park many times and have yet to see anyone use this obstacle.

hardcore plaque

This is a great park and very enjoyable to skate. Come skate it with me some day!

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Parkdale Arena Skatepark – Hamilton, Ontario

Parkdale Arena Skatepark

Right outside of the Pat Quinn Parkdale Arena in Hamilton, Ontario is a little gem of a skatepark.

Parkdale skateboard park

It has a nice quarter-pipe, some drop ledges, and a box to grind.

Pyramid ramp

This pyramid obstacle is a nice twist on the ever-present skatepark staple.

quarter pipe

The quarter-pipe is built perfectly. It’s not too steep, has a great incline, and it easy to do all sorts of tricks on for the  beginning or amateur skateboarder.

ramp with rail

The launch ramp also has a rail built right into it.

skateboard ramp

And for those of us that prefer ledges, there is this obstacle on the other side.

Parkdale Skatepark

This was my first time here, but if I find myself in this area again, I will definitely drop in for a quick skate session.

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Delaware Lions Skatepark

Delaware Skatepark

The Delaware Lions Club has been working hard to bring a skatepark to the community for over a year now. This weekend, they officially opening the park.

Ribbon Cutting

The mayor, members of parliament, the local hockey team, the fire department, and plenty of visitors were on hand to witness the grand opening ceremonies.

Double Quarter-Pipe

The park is really nice. It has a double quarter-pipe with a small spine between them.

Launch Ramp

There are two launch ramps. This one has no coping at the top.

Rail and box

And it leads to a rail and a box to do some grinds on.

Lions Skatpark Official Opening

It was a great morning of skating, free food, and community involvement.

Pool Ledge Coping

This ledge has pool-styled coping that isn’t found in a lot of skateparks. It’s a unique feature.

Pyramid

This pyramid is a strange combination. It is close to a China Gap but is filled in with a slight curve in the middle.

Quarter-pipe

The other launch ramp is a quarter-pipe and leads towards . . .

Getting Air

a set of stairs and another down slope.

London Skateboard Co-op

Members of the London Skateboard Co-op team were on hand to perform a variety of tricks at this new park.

Delaware Skatepark is located at Lions Park just across the street from Delaware Central Public School.

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Kitchener Aud Skatepark

Kitchener Aud Skatepark

This skatepark is known affectionately as The Aud.

Bowl

Located outside of The Kitchener Auditorium, it is a nice place for both the experienced skateboarder and the novice.

Box

Here is a double-layered box,

Grind

some grind rails and ledges,

Hill Ledge

and a double camel hump. It’s a little hard to see the contour of it in this photo, but it is a nice obstacle to skate. And one that I have never seen elsewhere.

Launch Ramp with Rail

Here is the launch ramp with a rail to slide or grind.

Pyramid

This pyramid has metal grind bars on it that are very nice for the beginner to experiment with.

quarter-pipe

This quarter-pipe is a little steep. It reminds me of the Widow Maker at Beasley in Hamilton.

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