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Running Alongside the Ausable River Cut


I love finding new places to run and explore.


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


It was quite beautiful  running alongside the river,


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


including this look-out.


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


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


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


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.


These tire stairs were fun to run up and down.


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


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.


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


There are plenty of places to do grind tricks too.


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


The stair obstacles are nice.


Not sure what this ramp is all about.


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 . . .


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


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


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


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


This extended and curved rail is interesting.


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


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


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


Stairs, pyramid, and flat ramps.


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


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


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.


I have never seen anything like this before.

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


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


I like the orange and blue colour scheme as well.


Here is the quarter-pipe,


the pyramid with a grind ledge,


the launch ramp,


and some additional flat-land grind obstacles.

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.


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!


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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!


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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

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,


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.


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.

I enjoyed this run and hope you’ve enjoyed the photographic tour.

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