Camping at Arrowhead: Gear Stress Test Results

Stubb's Falls

I just wrapped up two weeks of camping at Arrowhead provincial park (a few hours north of Toronto). While there, I took advantage of the time and activities to put some of the gear I’ve accumulated recently through extended, real-world tests. Continue reading

Day 1 at Gen Con: The Big Picture


Gen Con is big. Whether you count in attendance (more than 120,000 people), events (more than 11,000), or dollars (more than 50,000,000), it’s the largest annual consumer fantasy, electronic, sci-fi and adventure game convention in North America. Continue reading

Running Geek: Ultra X Training Camp With Eric Orton


As a continuation of my running training, I visited Jackson Hole, Wyoming last week to take part in Eric Orton’s Ultra X Training Camp. I ran over 50 miles, climbing almost 18,000 feet in the Teton Mountains. Continue reading

Phantasialand: The Best Theme Park You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of


During a routine stop on a long drive through Europe, we ended up spending a day cavorting through Phantasialand, a theme park near Brühl, Germany. We had a heck of a good time, and, if you like theme parks, this one’s definitely worth a visit during your next trip to Central Europe. Continue reading

Ontario Provincial Parks: Healthy Parks, Healthy People, Free Admission

Free Parks admission in Ontario

One of the best things about summer is camping. Being outdoors enjoying the fresh air is tough to beat, even if there are bugs and the occasional bear to deal with. If you live in Ontario (Canada) or happen to be visiting in the next week or so, Ontario Parks has announced it is waiving day use fees at all provincial parks on July 17. Continue reading

New Mexico Space and Science, Part I: Spaceport America

The WhiteKnightTwo in its hangar at Spaceport America. Image courtesy Virgin Galactic

Walter White and Bugs Bunny may be the unofficial mascots of New Mexico, but it’s visionaries like Richard Branson, Elon Musk, and the folks at Spaceport America that are taking a left turn at Albuquerque and turning the empty deserts they find there into the Cape Canaveral of the Southwest. Continue reading

ConCarolinas: A Small Con With a Big Heart


ConCarolinas came to Concord, NC, May 29–31, 2015 in a new, more spacious location at the Embassy Suites. The con describes itself as a “general multi-genre multi-media convention.” In practice, this means that ConCarolinas has a little bit of something for everyone. Continue reading

Happy 60th Anniversary to Disneyland and Why You Should Go

Photo: Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort

It would appear that diamonds are a mouse’s best friend as Disneyland Park (and the entire Disneyland Resort) has officially kicked off its 60th Anniversary Celebration, aka Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, and with it some very amazing new shows that offer just the right blend of tech and magic. Also, lots and lots of diamonds. Tons of them. Continue reading

Whovians Rejoice! Arthur Darvill Joins the 2015 DCC

Arthur Darvill, courtesy BBC One.

Best known for his role as Rory Williams (aka “The Last Centurion,” aka “Mr. Pond”) in the fifth series of BBC’s ‘Doctor Who,’ Arthur Darvill has joined the growing cast of all-star guests at the 2015 Denver Comic Con. Continue reading

Quebec City Part 2: Aquarium du Quebec and Tubing at Valcartier

Valcartier Village in Quebec

My family traveled to Quebec City during March Break. In my first post about the trip, I covered the Chateau Frontenac hotel and Old Quebec. This second part features the Aquarium du Quebec and a day of snow tubing, including a 50 mph tube run. Continue reading