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RE: Banff & Jasper June 1, ---- Canada Day Holiday?

July 1st is Canada Day.
Orion 12/06/16 10:07pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: The Real Boundaries of US Metropolises

I found the article interesting, especially the large unnamed area centred around Montana. A few years ago, we were driving cross country on the northern route, Hwy 2. We stopped in a small town for the night, and was chatting with some of the locals. We were talking about cities and I asked them what was their closest BIG city,and they mentioned a few nearby small cities. I said they were all small and I said big cities with skyscrapers etc. A few then mentioned Seattle and Denver, bt these are both quite distant. So then I realised the closest big city was Calgary, so I mentioned it. "Where's that" they all said, I said "Calgary Alberta?" Never heard of it, they all echoed! So in that regard, the map is correct, that whole area has no dominant metropolis.
Orion 12/06/16 02:14pm Around the Campfire
RE: Toughest Tongue Twister

I'm rather partial to the old Welsh repetitive one. "All day long she sits and shines, sits and shines, sits and shines," "All day long she shines and sits, shines and sits, shines and sits" ..........
Orion 12/06/16 11:37am Around the Campfire
RE: In Defense of Fahrenheit

I can go both ways with most measurements, but still prefer F over C as it's a finer scale, and except for one year, have always lived in 0-100F areas. I also don't like the silly L per 100km scale of fuel consumption as the HIGHER the number, the worse it is. I also have no idea how big is a Hectare!
Orion 12/04/16 03:07pm Around the Campfire
RE: Discover Card in Canada

I wonder if the difference is that our Debit Cards do NOT have the Visa or Master Card symbol on them?
Orion 11/24/16 06:23pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Veterans Day

Just came back from the Remembrance Day ceremony at our local town hall. Many people there, poppies (A Commonwealth thing, not done in the US, should be! ) Last Post (like your 'Taps' ) Two minutes silence, and we even sang 'God Save the Queen' which is very unusual in Canada these days. I never served, but I think of my Dad, China, India WW2,30 years total, and my Granddad, Boer War, Boxer Rebellion etc. Always quite emotional for me.
Orion 11/11/16 01:10pm Around the Campfire
RE: Sign your getting older

Old people calling you 'sir'!
Orion 11/02/16 01:04pm Around the Campfire
RE: To Alaska by ferry from Washington State?

You also don't pay any tax if you buy gold bullion in Canada!
Orion 11/01/16 01:30pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Canadians driving in USA

This and that show is just dum Oh, the irony! :)
Orion 10/16/16 09:01pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travelling from Alberta through BC/Advice needed

The flattest route, although parts of it can be quite boring, is to drive Hwy 5 from Jasper to Kamloops and then Hwy 1 to Vancouver. Use your transmission to slow you down on the hills rather than your brakes, which should be used sparingly to avoid overheating and fading. You do need winter tires in BC, but the minimum requirement is for tires to be marked M+S, which most? truck tires already are? You do however, need full snow tires, marked with the 'Mountain & Snowflake' on the Icefields Parkway between Lake Louise and Jasper.
Orion 10/05/16 09:15am Roads and Routes
RE: 59 years ago today: Sputnik

The most amazing part of this story is that like so many others, I remember going outside and watching with amazement as the little Sputnik moved across the sky. What we all didn't know at the time, is that it wasn't Sputnik we were seeing, but the final (3rd?) stage of the rocket that launched it! This rocket was about 2nd magnitude, or about as bright as the stars in the Big Dipper, but Sputnik itself was just below 6th magnitude, or barely visible to the naked eye, and following a few minutes behind! I always remained a big fan of space exploration and even managed a trip from the UK to watch the launch of Apollo X1 from the Cape, just 12 years later!
Orion 10/04/16 04:23pm Around the Campfire
RE: Quote Interpretation

Yes, please do the quotes! " I gave a long, rambling, meaningless double talk speech that would have made any politician proud." This really reminded me of an incident at one of our meetings. We spent so much time on this drivel at our meetings that on one occasion, one of our group, said they'd had enough, and would give a presentation to make a point on his feelings. It must have been similar to the above, full of totally meaningless cliches, didn't really say anything, buzz words & phrases just strung together, total drivel! At the end we wondered what the boss would say. We were all surprised when he said that it was the best presentation and we should all try to attain what was being presented! :)
Orion 09/30/16 12:53pm Around the Campfire
RE: Canadians driving in USA

Goes to show what everybody says is true "B.C. is not part of Canada" I totally disagree! I have an old Mustang Convertible, drive it all year round, NEVER with the roof up. I do live in Canada, TROPICAL Canada! In fact Lumpy, Victoria has warmer winter temps than Richmond Virginia! :)
Orion 09/29/16 06:52pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Canadians driving in USA

It had me going for a while! I do remember a few years ago, someone asking on this very forum, about their first planned trip to Canada. They were going to take the 401 Highway through Toronto. They asked if it was a good road or was it "a narrow track that wound its way through the wilderness" !! It is the busiest road not only in North America, but also in the world! I have also heard of people looking at the speed limit signs on Google Streetview and wondering why they were so high! I finally caught on when they mentioned driving on the left. However , I do remember arguing with a phone manufacturer that I had not voided the warranty on my phone by plugging it in to a different power source. She said that Canadian power was different as it was part of France!
Orion 09/22/16 02:06pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: What Football Game R U Watching & Score?

Leicester City vs Burnley. 3-0.
Orion 09/17/16 06:44pm Around the Campfire
RE: Dry camping for night at Victoria Coho ferry terminal

Yes we have stayed there a few times. No problems, and as for "is it safe", even with all the rubby-dubbs here, it's still very safe.
Orion 09/17/16 06:41pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Do you stand for the National Anthem?

I'm Canadian/British, but if I were visiting somewhere in the US and they played the anthem, I'd stand, it would be disrespectful not to.
Orion 09/12/16 03:14pm Around the Campfire
RE: Provincial parks payments

"the money is going to have goofy names and weird people on them." Do you have any idea how offensive the above, and the rest of your post is? It's a good job that most Canadian RV parks, and other businesses don't have this kind of attitude towards their foreign visitors.
Orion 09/11/16 10:14am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: CBP 4457, What do you list?

Unless your hiding something, they dont care what you own. No they do not, but they don't have to prove that you bought the item in another country, you have to prove that you bought it in your own country. I don't think that they bother much any more other than guns drugs and cases of booze, but they can still do this. It's different with an RV as you would expect to have a fridge , stove and all kinds of equipment in there. I filled out the Canadian equivalent to this many years ago and put on my big camera kit and binoculars, I havent updated it though.
Orion 09/08/16 09:45am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Philly to Niagara - routes?

Tore my truck apart and 2 hrs latter told me to enjoy the falls. I'm glad I was nice, it might have been 6hrs if I would have came with the coach. Glad when we got back to the good ol USA. Pleased to know that our border services are doing their job! ;)
Orion 08/15/16 12:27pm Roads and Routes
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