3rd Quarter 2012- MegapixelTravel’s most popular blogs

3rd Quarter 2012 – MegapixelTravel’s most popular blogs

Top Ranking – For the second quarter in a row the top ranking goes to blogs about the Kingdom of Osgoode. Although the Kingdom of Osgoode blog for 2012 still garnered quite a bit of attention, it was the 2011 live Hand-fasting wedding blog and video combined with the video of knights battling that kept the Kingdom on top.

Near the top (educational)Poison Ivy once again with mermaids a close second along with my review of the North Face Mountain 25 tent.

Near the top (athletics) – We didn’t photograph the 2012 event this year but quite a few people visited our site to view past cycling posts especially the 2011 RLCT post. In the heat of the summer quite a few people must have been thinking Polar Bear Swim as blogs relating to the activity of donning a bathing suit and jumping into ice cold water were very popular during the quarter.

Near the top (International travel) – Graeme traveled to Denmark and Sweden, the Netherlands and Belgium and the blog entries related to those countries were viewed regularly but, as mentioned above, the Mermaids of Copenhagen  got the most notice. When the link to “El Otro Varadero” made it onto the TripAdvisor website, that specific blog, as well as our other Cuba entries, found their spot in the sunshine.

Near the top (North American travel) – Good hiking weather meant lots of people were interested in the Bruce Trail – Lions Head photos as well as the entries for similar hikes around the countryside.

Near the top (Historical) – With the addition to the annual re-enactment of the French and Indian War at Ogdensburg, the Civil War reenactment at Massena and a visit to the 19th century lifestyle of Upper Canada Village, a lot of history was covered but we didn’t attend any of the reenactments specific to the War of 1812 but do have a couple in mind for later in the War.

Back  to the 2nd quarter highlights.

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Upcoming event of particular interest to us is the Annual Live Butterfly Show at Carleton University.

 

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People are thinking about Spring

People are thinking about Spring

One interesting thing about having a blog that includes lots of photos is the insight that it can provide into what the general population might be thinking about or planning to do. In the Fall and early Winter, the number of views on winter vacation locations tend to increase and our blogs from past trips to the FloridaDominican RepublicMexico and Cuba begin to be viewed more often. During the summer months, by contrast, those blog entries are rarely viewed.

Rolling Waves - Punta Cana  

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Ottawa Bicycle Club Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour 2011

This year was the 40th year that the Ottawa Bicycle Club sponsored a weekend tour from Ottawa to Kingston and back. I cycled in the 2009 tour (photos by Graeme) but had injuries last year and other commitments this year.

After photographing activities at the Walk for Juvenile Diabetes Sunday morning, I walked over to Carleton University where tables of volunteers awaited the return of the cyclists from Kingston. About 2 PM and some cyclists were already back and packing their bikes into their cars.

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Ottawa Bicycle Club Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour – Spring 2009

Each year, the Ottawa Bicycle Club sponsors and organizes the “Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour”. The event in 2009 marks the 38th anniversary of the event.

The tour is a supported tour with cyclists traveling the approximately 177km one-way route from Ottawa, Ontario through Ashton, Ontario and Perth, Ontario to Kingston, Ontario on the Saturday, staying overnight in the dorms of Queen’s University in Kingston, and then, after a nice breakfast, cycling back to the start point in Ottawa on the Sunday.  A few alternate routes allow for cyclists to travel other routes such as the 100km/day Century route that starts out in Perth, Ontario and joins in with the Traditional route. For the more enthusiastic, there is a longer 200+ km/day route.

2011 UPDATE: The photos in this blog are from the 2009 event. For more information about the 2011 Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour, visit the Ottawa Bicycle Club website.

For this year’s event the plan was for Ron to do the cycling along the traditional 177km/day route and for Graeme to do the photography. Here’s Ron now!

The plan worked out reasonably well except for three flat tires, two of which occurred on Sunday when the weather was cold, drizzly and dreary. The following is a collection of shots taken along the route.
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