View from our sixth floor apartment patio in Pogradec, Albania.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Pogradec, Albania .

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Gjyrokaster, Albania on October 6th.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Crescent Beach (day 3)

We did manage to go for a walk yesterday morning without getting drenched. In fact, the day turned out slightly better than was forecast, but the weather is still terrible.

We walked back down to Rissers Beach Provincial Park. The beach itself is beautiful, but even a beautiful beach isn’t very inviting when the temperature is only 10C (50F) and it’s overcast!

A nice campsite at Rissers Beach

A family out for a walk on the beach

Whiskey and Kevin heading for the tunnel under the highway

We stayed in the house during the afternoon because it kept looking like rain. It never did though, and we probably should have gone for another bike ride, but we thought we’d get soaked if we did. I know we go on about the bad weather quite a bit, but it really does affect what we do on a daily basis.

Anyhow, we spent much of the afternoon on the computers enjoying unlimited internet and electricity. Of course with all of this rain and cloud Sherman's batteries are not very charged so it’s nice that we can come inside.

I was looking at other blogs and blog links. It is amazing how many people have started blogs in the past and then never kept them up. I came across quite a few that haven’t been updated since maybe 2007 or 2008. I guess people just lost interest, or never gained the following they thought they would. Even though the main purpose of this blog is to keep a journal of our travels, we enjoy the fact that so many of you follow along with us and comment on our activities. I think it also forces us to get out and do things so that we have something interesting to talk about here! And, we’ve actually been able to meet some of our readers and that’s been a really worthwhile side benefit of our blog as well.

And there’s a lot of blogs out there that try and tell you how rich you can get from blogging. Our little bit of Adsense income is great and it’s growing monthly, but I’ll be surprised if it ever amounts to anything we can actually live off. And, it’s taken years to grow to this, not something you can hope to get right off the start.

It is currently pouring rain again this morning. We were actually supposed to leave today, but they say it’s going to stop raining after lunch and there’s still a bike ride we want to do in the area so hoping to do that this afternoon. Either way, we’re heading out of here tomorrow and going into the UNESCO town of Lunenburg to do some exploring there.


  1. I've found that my blog is a good way for me to remember things...when, where, how. I enjoy doing it and have made some friends from blogging, so I expect to keep it up.

    I agree about way to earn a living, is it?

  2. I find it amazing how many blogs that haven't been kept up are still ranked so high.

  3. Thanks so much for posting your blog address in my comments section. Being so computer incompetent, it makes it so much easier for me to find you and follow along on your journeys. I think a lot of people quit posting on their blog when they become what I call snowbirds. They've been on the road and have blogged about their travels but the time comes when they need to give that up and then they just travel from their winter home to their summer home. Trying to blog about every day life when you're sitting in one place for months is really difficult. I just wish they would say good bye to us, their readers.

  4. That was one of the trepidations that I had about ever starting a blog. Keeping at it, that is.
    Actually, I wasn't even too sure what the heck a "blog" really was, but had been following Tioga George since some time in 03 when we were living in Puerto Rico, so I sort of had a bit of a clue, but had never looked into it. I've never really evolved past the "type it and post it" stage, and I'm not sure I ever will.
    I too find it's a good way to keep track of certain events. My wife travels a fair amount, and there seem to be some tax implications depending on just where she is and when. All a mystery to me trust me, but I've been able to go back and piece things together when needed.
    Clumsy, but it works.
    The notion of a blog however was suggested to me by my "pub buddies". Along with the name of the blog. I've also been given the gears if I stop writing when we're back home in Canada. Didn't think anyone gave a rat's tiny behind. Strange.
    I was briefly tempted by "Adsense", but decided to give it a pass. If I seriously needed the cash, I'd give English lessons. Lord knows the Austrians could use some help.
    The weather pretty much everywhere in North America has been crappy this spring. Tornadoes, fires, floods. Yikes!
    We've been embarrassingly lucky here in Vienna (blush), but we did have a flood last year at this time. That sucked.
    It'll warm up soon.
    Keep yer chin up.

  5. We also keep up with friends we are meeting and love to follow along in travels and see how life is treating them. It also like Karen said leaves a chronicle of what is going on in your own family even if it's boring at times. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

  6. Love the picture of Whiskey and Kevin in the header. I have noticed the same thing about some of the blogs. Some of them just leave you hanging. If and when I end mine, you all will know about it unless I am sleeping the big sleep.

  7. We are having nice weather here in Ontario and I believe its heading your way, good luck.

    When we started our Blog I was not consistently posting everyday and, and was receiving messages from people asking why we stopped. So began making a point of posting it everyday and now is part of my daily routine. Taking pictures, things to do and talk about, when we were not doing much exciting, I started taking pictures of our meals, just to take a picture of something and I do get a lot of comments on them. It is a great way to document our travels and we constantly refer back to it to see when and where we were at a certain time and remind ourselves of people and places we have seen.
    Glad you are posting everyday now too.

  8. Karen and Al...We are the same way with our blog. Often we go back through to see what we were doing a year ago or more or to see what the weather was like at a certain time. Also it gives info to other traveller's passing through that area. A nice side effect is the people you meet through the blog, "virtual" and real life.

    Jon...I guess those blogs gave info that is useful to many viewers as it comes up in the searches frequently.

    Jim and Sandie...Thank you for stopping by and checking us out. I agree with you that some people stop because they don't feel they have anything worthwhile to say. It would be nice if they just let the readers know. I also think that some just get tired of writing.

    Bob...We find it useful as well for going back over stuff from the past or giving info to a fellow traveller that has wanted some info on an area. Our main purpose is letting family know where we are and what we are up to.

    Glad you are having great weather. One day we will see some.

    Sam and Donna...I totally agree with you and it leaves a story of our lives for the grandchildren in years to come.

    pidge...Thanks, now all we need is for the sun to shine. I agree, let people know you are finished with the blog.

    Kevin, Ruth and Whiskey

  9. George and Suzie...I sure hope that nice weather is coming this way.

    As you say it is a reminder to us as well. We too are always looking back through it for some reason or another. We also found that they don't have to be long posts, when not much is happening just make it short and sweet. People than still know you are alive and kicking and don't need to worry about you.

    Kevin, Ruth and Whiskey


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