Author Archives: John Bannerman

Our Three-hour Tour

The S.S. Minnow crashed on the rocks of a deserted island, our disaster involved a three-hour tour by taxi in San Jose, Costa Rica. (If you don’t know who Gilligan is, you might want to skip to the next paragraph.) The Minno...

Quetzal Fever

People come from around the world to view the resplendent quetzal, and brightly-plumed bird that once sang backup for Cher on stage. Now it lives a secretive life, less than 1,000 live in the wild ranging from Mexico to Panama. A ...

Relax in the Banff Upper Hot Springs

After a grueling day skating at Lake Louise in sub-zero temperatures (with a couple of hot chocolate breaks to keep me going), I needed a break. I chose Banff’s Upper Hot Springs as the place to rest my weary bones. The Hot ...

Angkor Wat

I’ve visited several places which helped me get a grip on the word: “massive”; I walked on the deck of an aircraft carrier, climbed a mountain, and watched a 58-storey building constructed downtown. And, especial...

Banff Cave and Basin

The guy climbing down through the hole in the roof looks really, really happy. The display at the Cave and Basin National Historic Site shows an amazing graphic of a Stoney elder shimmying down a rope into cave, which contains a h...

Moraine Lake

For years I’ve driven 90 miles west of Calgary to visit Banff National Park. I’ve roamed around the Banff townsite (kind of like an elk, but with a wallet), skied at the three major resorts, hiked, soaked my tired body...

Rothe House

We spent an interesting couple of hours exploring Rothe House & Garden in the city of Kilkenny, Ireland. Rothe House literature says it is the only example of an early 17th century merchant’s townhouse in Ireland. The construc...