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The Dow Wetlands (Sarnia, ON)

The Dow Wetlands is located at the corner of LaSalle Road and Highway 40 in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Today, I decided to go for a run around the trail there.

There are plenty of places to take in the natural beauty of the wetland and enjoy a picnic.

The trail runs alongside five ponds

and includes a few foot bridges.

The trail isn’t very long and it is almost completely flat. I had to run around the different loops a few times to get in my five kilometers today.

There are even a few placards like this one to describe the importance of wetland areas.

There are several wheelchair accessible observation docks as well. This pond is full of fish, bullfrogs, and wild birds.

Check out the Dow Wetlands brochure for more information about this wildlife preserve.

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Iroqouis Skatepark – Whitby

Iroqouis Skatepark is a colourful cement-based park in Whitby, Ontario.

It is located at the Iroquois Park Sports Centre in Whitby, Ontario, Canada.

I had the pleasure of skateboarding there a few weekends back. Here is a brief tour of the park.

The art in this park is very well done.

Here is one of the launch ramps.

There are several different obstacles, ramps, and quarter-pipes to skate.

This skate platform is a unique obstacle.

There are a few grinds to ledges and rails as well,

and a mini-spine ramp.

This is a very colourful skatepark that is centrally located and a lot of fun to skate.

This memorial tree is like nothing I have ever seen before.

It has several skateboards on the trunk and all the way up then branches of the tree. There are several broken decks littered around the base as well.

It is a fitting memorial for Doug E. Fresh.

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Cosplaying at Fan Expo

We had fun dressing up as fictional characters this past weekend at Fan Expo Canada in Toronto, Ontario.

I wasn’t sure my Arthur Dent cosplay was going to work. I was really excited to try it out though since this year I turned 42 years old. It just added an extra layer of meaning to this outfit. I made a book cover so that I could actually carry around The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy in my pocket.

My daughter had a great idea to use a safety pin to shorten my pocket so that the “Don’t Panic” text was always visible as I walked around the convention. I’m glad she suggested that. The costume was a bit hit. I had dozens of compliments and comments and one person even asked to take my picture.

We had to get out picture taken with this guy. His costume of The Silence was awesome.

At one point, I stepped out of my TARDIS and was confronted by a Weeping Angel. I didn’t blink once.

I love how both my daughter and I stepped up our cosplay game this year. She looked great as a gender-bent Matt Smith Doctor, complete with the best Fez I saw anyone wearing. And the purple shirt works better than the black one I wore the last few years for my Chris Eccleston cosplay.

My son wanted to cosplay Jason from Friday the 13th. He ripped up some clothes and tried to dirty them up for effect. My daughter also did a steam-punk costume. And I stepped up my Second Doctor cosplay with a better pair of pants, a new bowtie, and a wig to get the mop top hair right.

We went into the Doctor Who Escape Room and solved a series of challenges over the course of an hour. We had a little help from another group of Whovians since each game required eight players. But we worked together and escaped a grisly death from this Dalek.

The weekend was so much fun. I cosplayed four different characters, including a brand new one. My daughter did Mad Hatter, the Eleventh Doctor, and a Steampunk character. My son dressed up as the Scream villain and Jason from Friday the 13th. Small kids were actually frightened by the above costume that dripped blood down the mask.

We all had a blast and can’t wait to do it again next year.

Medway Forest Trail (London, ON)

Medway Trail

Medway Forest Trail is a great place to run in London, Ontario, Canada.

Medway Forest Hill

I started today’s run at Western University and ran for five kilometers.

Mewday Forest Trail

It’s quiet back here and the sounds of the city fade away as you get further into the woods.

Medway Creek

I always love being able to run alongside a river.

Stairs

There are a set of stairs you need to descend from this access point.

Medway Forest Boardwalk

This is the board walk at the bottom of those stairs.

Mewday Forest Footbridge

And here is a nice foot bridge.

Medway Valley Trail

This leads to a different access point for the trail. I ran this one a few years back and you can find that tour here.

Medway Trail from University

I enjoyed my trail run through Medway Forest today and I think you will enjoy exploring it as well. There are multiple entry points to reach the 5 kilometers of trails that run through the woods and alongside the river.

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Fisher-Hallman Skatepark (Kitchener, ON)

skate-code

There’s a new skatepark in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, and it is nice. Let’s explore it, shall we?

bowl

It has a large bowl that’s a little difficult to skate, but a lot of fun.

china-gap

There’s a china gap for those who like to get some air,

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a spine with a railing to grind,

quarter-pipe-and-lanuch-ramp

a quarter pipe with a rolling launch ramp,

quarter-pipe-transfer

a quarter-pipe transfer,

rail

plenty of places to grind,

stairs

a set of stairs to jump,

skateboard-bench

and some really cool skateboard-shaped benches to take a rest.

street-course

There is even a street course section in this plaza-styled course.

fischer-skatepark

This one is well worth the drive if you like to travel to different skate spots.

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Binbrook Skatepark

binbrook-water-tower

How cool is it to have a skatepark under a water tower?

binbrook-mini-ramp

With a mini ramp that is the perfect size for my abilities?

grind-blocks

With some cool grind ledges,

launch-ramp

launch ramps,

quarter-pipe

quarter-pipe transfers,

rail

multi-leveled rails,

spine-transfer

and a spine?

This is definitely one of my favourite skateparks. It’s mostly because of the near perfect half-pipe. We need more of those at skateparks. It’s rare for me to find one that is so well suited to my limited abilities too.

It’s well worth the drive to Binbrook!

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Corunna Skatepark (ON, Canada)

Last week I discovered an amazing skatepark close to Sarnia, Ontario. As I drove home from it, I saw this park off in the distance. I immediately took a detour to see what it had to offer.

Corunna Skatepark

This park is located in the Corunna Athletic Park at 420 Colborne Street. Corunna, ON.

Graduated Rail

This graduated rail is nice for beginners. The pavement doesn’t offer a smooth ride though.

Plastcic Quarter Pipe

These ramps are made out of plastic. They feel a little strange to ride on.

Plastic Skatepark

If you look at the first image in this post, you can see the underside of this ramp and how it looks like a slide from a playground. It’s the first ramp of its type that I have ever seen. I didn’t even know they made plastic quarter-pipes like this.

Pyarmid

Overall, this park isn’t terrible. It’s nice for the kids in the small town to have a place to skate. But it’s definitely not worth your time to travel to.

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Aamjiwnaang Skatepark (Sarnia, ON)

This is my new favourite skateboard park. It is located on the Aamjiwnaang First Nation at 1972 Virgil Avenue in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.

Aamjiwnaang Skatepark

The ramps are metal and offer a smooth ride. There are plenty of obstacles, some great ramps, and even a dual leveled half-pipe.

Mini-ramp Half-pipe

I wish every skatepark had one of these ramps. I love a small mini-ramp that lets me do some of my old school and vert tricks.

Great flow skatepark

The angle and size of this ramp is perfect too!

Launch Ramp with Mini-quarter pipe

This obstacle is a lot of fun. It has a short quarter-pipe at the end that lets me practice my stalls and grinds.

Pyramid

This is the typical ramp you find at most skateparks, but it has a gap to jump as well.

Skatepark Ramps

I like this pyramid-styles ramp. I was able to get a little bit of air on it too. I just need to work on my landings.

Tall Quarter Pipe

This is a tall quarter-pipe launch ramp.

Roll-in ramp

Here is a roll-in ramp, along with a steep quarter-pipe launch.

This is a gorgeous park. I am glad I found it. I will be going back here often this summer. You can count on that!

When you visit skateparks, remember to take good care of them. These are meant for everybody (just not bikes or scooters) I love that too!

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Running Alongside the Ausable River Cut

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I love finding new places to run and explore.

trail-start

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

auable-riverside-trail

It was quite beautiful  running alongside the river,

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

lookout-deck

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.

sandy-trail

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.

steep-grind-obstacle

Not sure what this ramp is all about.

haldimand-county-skatepark

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.

parkhill-skateboard-park-rock

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

parkhill-skateboard-park

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.

parkhill-sign

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.

skatepark-in-the-morning

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.

mount-pleasant-skatepark

I have never seen anything like this before.

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

repurposed-tennis-court-is-a-skatepark

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.

orange-and-blue-ramps
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!

alex-kingston

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!

dw-and-tmnt

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

stan-lee

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.

tardis-10-and-companions

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

william-shatner

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.

spock

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,

skatepark

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.

If you don’t want to miss any of my great content though, please head on over to Instagram now and follow me. Thanks!

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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Happy Running!

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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