Sunday runday and on my solo five klick shakeout I paused beside path to watch a turtle the size of a football basking in Florida sunshine. Also, it was nearly fifty degrees celsius warmer than the last time I ran oudoors a little more than a week ago. I haven’t been that sweaty from running five kilometers since the heat of last summer. I could have taken a dip beside that turtle and … The runaway train of vacation planning never actually found a means of slamming on the brakes and the next thing I knew I was boarding an international flight to Orlando with my face wrapped tightly in a N95 surgical respirator and wondering, sometimes aloud, at the…

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It seems almost ironic that the day I set aside to sum up my year in travel, the government of my country leaked that they’ve decided to reinstitute yet another travel advisory sometime in the next day or so. Here we go again. Or, really, here we don’t go anywhere. What is travel anyhow? Getting away from your house? Your city? Your country? Did you travel in 2021? I’ve been fortunate enough that despite multiple ebbs and flows of restrictions and limitations we’ve made our way around our beautiful province this past year. In particular, a couple week-long trips to the mountains this past summer broke up the monotony of working from home and the never ending bad news cycle.…

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My wife has been waking up at three thirty in the morning lately. Deliberately. Her alarm goes off, she activates her phone, logs into the Disneyworld website, and queues up her virtual reservation system trying to get us a dinner seating at a reasonable time and place … for some time next year. I’m not a planner. For example, when a couple years back I ditched the official tour group, our dance studio travelling companions, for a couple days to head off in advance to Ireland leaving them behind in Scotland, I arrived in Dublin, checked into my hotel and then, simply, went for a walk. No real destination planned. No expectations. No reservations. Not even a proper bus ticket…

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Sunday Runday, and the day slipped away from me. I plodded out a ten kilometer loop in the wee hours of the morning, running with the same trusty group of friends who have kept me company through a summer of adventure running and virtual race training. Yet over the summer something silly and spontaneous happened which I haven’t yet written about here. I signed up for a half marathon. A real one. In person. And. It’s outside of Canada. In the next few months. Yeah. I’m planning to travel. On a plane. With my family. Have a small vacation. And run a half marathon. With people. We thought it through. We think we thought it through. And we’re going. To…

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