Thanks for the holiday: days to remember

by Raymond Parker on September 3, 2012

in Adventure, Photography, Politics

Modern day camping

A re-entry into city life, on the Labour Day weekend reminds that holidays are not to be taken for granted; they were hard-won by yesterday’s “anarchists and rioters.”

The two-week journey I just enjoyed would have been impossible for workers less than a century ago, unless they were “riding the rod” looking for work, or heading to a protest.

In fact, all the middle-class comforts I enjoyed on my recent journey, that we so-often take for granted, might never have been established were it not for the union organizers of yesteryear. We should guard them with as much fervour as we do all the other freedoms bought with the lives of our forbears.

I’m right now overhearing through my studio window a speech at the park across the street, reminding of those sacrifices, so I’m off to pay my respects. Here’s a few more snapshots from the north. Happy Labour Day!

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Conor Ahern September 3, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Some of those photos bring back some happy memories of times past. Thank You.

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Raymond Parker September 3, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Glad to bring these memories Conor. Much has changed on the highways but the mountains, at least, appear more timeless.

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Laurie September 4, 2012 at 8:44 am

Good to see you and Amanda have returned safely. Love to see more of your trip photos.

Interesting ‘Modern day camping’ pic. Fire in fire pit, beer cooler, gas (?) lantern, deck of cards, Y branch for slingshot, beer by the computer. The only thing missing is the photovoltaic array to charge the laptop. :-))

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Raymond Parker September 4, 2012 at 9:28 am

Laurie: We’ll have to meet for a coffee ride. I have a huge job ahead of me with several thousand shots to edit.

The lantern is rechargeable LED. I’d actually picked up a gas model, when it occurred to me that Coleman may have added such a thing to its line-up … sure enough.

All charging is taken care of in the car, which has two 12V outlets–one in dashboard, one in rear wheel well. I also got a VW adapter cable that converts the media input to USB. That came in handy to top up the GoPro camera visible on the computer top.

The campsite, incidentally, is the same one I shared with Tajuki, a Japanese cycle tourist, at Seeley Lake, in 1994. A photo I took then, early in the morning on the lakeshore, hangs above the mantle in the living room.

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