Archive for July, 2013

Idaho, Part 2 – The North Idaho Native Plant Arboretum, Sandpoint, ID

Idaho, Part 2 – The North Idaho Native Plant Arboretum, Sandpoint, ID

Sitting in the gravel parking lot of the North Idaho Native Plant Arboretum, a 70-something year old couple pulls in alongside us. They’re driving a 4-door pickup truck with Washington licence plates.  They’re tourists, too. The woman, wearing jeans and slip-on sandals, climbs out of the truck.  She  has a […]

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2013 Focus ST – the ‘hot hatch’ returns to Ford’s stables

2013 Focus ST – the ‘hot hatch’ returns to Ford’s stables

Bottom Line:  Superb handling, powerful and sophisticated, the Focus ST marks the return of the ‘pocket rocket’ to Ford’s stables.  Its 5-door hatchback design makes it a practical hauler when called for domestic duties, and when driven easily, can be relatively frugal.  Underneath, the Focus ST is a bona fide […]

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Ho Won Restaurant, Calgary, AB

Ho Won Restaurant is located in the heart of Chinatown, and it’s a Calgary institution.  The Chinese restaurant was originally located on Centre Street South at the foot of the Centre Street Bridge.  Sometime (in the 1970s?), they moved around the corner and upstairs to their current location on 2nd […]

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2014 Previews – Cadillac ATS (2.0-litre turbo/3.6-litre V6), Buick Encore, Chevrolet Sonic Turbo

2014 Previews – Cadillac ATS (2.0-litre turbo/3.6-litre V6), Buick Encore, Chevrolet Sonic Turbo

2014 GM Previews General Motors Canada recently held a demo event to showcase their 2014 model year lineup to fleet buyers. This is an opportunity for companies in the vehicle rental, utilities, and oil and gas industries and buyers from municipal governments to see and drive a wide range of […]

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Adventure bikes – they’re everywhere, they’re everywhere!

Adventure bikes – they’re everywhere, they’re everywhere!

Like the popular radio series in the 1960s – Chickenman – “He’s everywhere!  He’s everywhere!” (Google it), adventure bikes are everywhere. Ingrid and I recently took a 4,000 km holiday in our old Mercedes.  Like all motorcyclists, I keep a keen eye open for every motorcycle I see on the […]

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Premier Lake Provincial Park, B.C.

Premier Lake Provincial Park, B.C.

  Premier Lake Provincial Park, B.C. is 72 km north of Cranbrook, off Hwy 93/95.  The access road is paved but eventually turns into gravel.  With developed campsites, it’s slightly off the beaten path, but worth the drive for the lake and a location that is slightly remote.

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2013 Mazda CX-9 GT AWD

2013 Mazda CX-9 GT AWD

Bottom Line:  This is the ‘sports car’ of affordable CUVs.  It handles better than any big, practical, 7-seater should, and nothing in it’s price class even comes close.  Nearing the end of its production life, it still holds its own against superb newcomers like the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder.  If you […]

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Idaho – Part 1: Sandpoint, ID is named “Most Beautiful Small Town”

Idaho – Part 1:  Sandpoint, ID is named “Most Beautiful Small Town”

Named in 2011 by Rand McNally and USA Today as “Most Beautiful Small Town” Sandpoint is a a place we love to visit in Idaho’s Panhandle.  We stop there, usually for pie, at the Panhandler Restaurant and Bakery.  (But we’ve since discovered another Destination Diner.  Read on.) Built on the […]

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2013 Ford Explorer

2013 Ford Explorer

Bottom line:  Big, good looking, and comfortable, this 7-passenger CUV is built more for hard work than most of the CUVs we normally test.  This is a good choice for those who don’t want the gas consumption and size of a pickup truck but want plenty of headroom and more […]

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In Praise of Older Cars

In Praise of Older Cars

I’m spoiled.  I get the opportunity to drive new cars regularly.  With a steady stream of cars bursting with the latest technology and conveniences coming my way, you might assume it’s easy for me to become jaded and dismiss vehicle more than five years old as quaint, archeological curiosities – […]

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