Canadian Sign Language – Part 3

October 14, 2019

Canadians love pictures on their road signs.  My previous posts on this topic were comprised mainly of signs which I had seen during my trip.  Where practical, I took the photos I posted but there were times that for some reason I couldn’t, or I thought perhaps I would see the sign again and didn’t.  In those situations I tried to find photos online and when that method didn’t immediately lead me to find a suitable replacement I got desperate in my quest and started searching driver’s manuals for certain provinces.

I looked at more photos of actual road signs online than I care to remember but did make it a point to save some memorable or humorous signs.  Here are more examples with my own interpretations:


Armpit-sniffing at next exit?


Cow-cloning at next exit?


Giant bong at next exit?


Nude beach

That one’s accurate!


I have no idea – but that image was actually in a driver’s manual…


Again – I have no idea.  Perhaps just a math quiz or something to distract you from the fact that there is a speed trap ahead….


Safety Stop Ahead – I hope you brought doughnuts or you may get a ticket…


Congratulations – You just won the Indianapolis 500!!

3 Things – First impressions

October 14, 2019

Before I left on my 7-week trip to Canada I found a photo online which inspired me to form three impressions (thoughts, places or experiences) about each province.  These are things which come to mind when I think about my time spent in each place.  Now that I have finished posting photos from that trip here are my lists, in the order in which I visited each province.


  1. Tides
  2. Flowerpot rocks
  3. Curling clubs


  1. Cabot Trail – Cape Breton
  2. Tidal bores
  3. Casual


  1. Mountains
  2. Rugged
  3. Animals (moose, puffins, whales)


  1. Mussels
  2. Potatoes
  3. Farming


  1. French influence (language, signage, food)
  2. Fast drivers
  3. Gaspé Peninsula coastline


  1. Architecture
  2. Modern
  3. Artistic


Welcome to the United States

August 27, 2019

Tuesday morning I left Toronto on a rainy, foggy morning and started my trek back to the United States.  I had a stop planned at an unusual spot a considerable distance northwest of town and did drive most of the way there, but as I was about to exit a major highway to a much smaller road there were signs warning of a road construction project which was to continue for many miles and that I was to expect MAJOR delays.  Given the weather and the fact that I still had to drive to Niagara Falls, and then to my brother’s house in northeast Ohio I decided to bail out and turned around.  Over the “off season” I will probably put together a post about the venue I didn’t make it to.

This was the scene when I arrived at the border crossing at Niagara Falls, NY:


I was able to pass through about a half-hour later without incident and the remainder of my trip went as planned.

I am going to make two more posts about my 7 weeks in Canada.  First, I promised to list three memorable things, places or impressions about each of the provinces I visited.  Second, I still have another Canadian Sign Language post to make so I might as well go out on a high note.

I am planning to return to many of the same spots in Canada again next year and I will put together a post with some of the reasons I want to go back so soon.

Toronto – BAPS Hindu Temple

August 26, 2019

The proper name for this place of worship is BAPS Shri Swanimarayan Mandir.  In researching this post I discovered there is a Hindu Temple with an identical name in Morrisville, NC, out near the Raleigh-Durham airport, and evidently similar facilities share the common name.  I have no idea what ‘BAPS’ stands for.  Worshipers at this temple follow the Swanimarayan branch of the Hindu religion.

Although the temple I visited has a Toronto mailing address it is physically located quite a ways northwest from downtown in a suburb named Etobicoke.  MapQuest indicates that driving to this temple from downtown would cover about 20 miles and take 24 minutes using major roads.  I used public transportation and it took me considerably longer.

Two ladies from South America who now live in Israel told me about this place when I met them one of the days I was in Ottawa when we shared stories of where we had been and where we were going next.

Monday afternoon I took the subway system’s northwest route to a stop near where that line ends.  From there I took a city bus several miles west.  On one of maps I was using I was under the impression that I might be able to walk to the temple from where that route ends but the driver suggested I get out a few stops before that and take another bus south, then yet another bus northwest.  He was pretty sure that bus would drop me off right in front of the place, and he was right.  I think I might have been in for a long walk and probably would have gotten lost if I had stuck to my original plan.

This was the sign which greeted me at the main gate.


There was another sign just past an unoccupied security gatehouse which advised visitors that they were entering a place of worship and that there were rules which must be followed.  I followed instructions on that sign to use the intercom to declare my intentions to a security guard who ultimately told me to walk to the main entrance and come inside to discuss my plans (the intercom barely worked and this was the easiest solution).  Upon entering the “Haveli,” a cultural center and meeting hall, I immediately removed my shoes as instructed and found my way to the Information desk.


I had already decided that I wasn’t going to enter any of the interior portions of the temple as it sounded like there are always things going on there and I didn’t want to intrude.  I told the guard that I simply wanted to take pictures of the exterior and he said that was fine.

I put my shoes back on once I was outside the building and walked next door to the “Mandir,” or Temple.


It took 18 months to build this structure using hand carved Italian marble, Turkish limestone and Indian pink stone.  A chain link fence wouldn’t permit me to get too close to the building so I relied on my digital camera to get some close up shots.  The mid-day sun was on the opposite side of the building so the photos are a little “washed out”.








The Haveli next door also had many elaborate wood carvings near the main entrance doors.  These carvings consisted of many, many themes, some containing people and others featuring various animals.  There was way more variety than the few shots I am posting.





The city bus which took me to the entrance of this facility didn’t run very often so I pretty much just scrambled to get my photos and walked back out to catch the next one that came along.  I reversed the transportation sequence to get back downtown.  All things considered, it took me much longer to get there and get back downtown than I actually spent on the property but it had been highly recommended and if I hadn’t made the trip I would have always wondered what I had missed.  There are a few, but not many, photos of the interior online.