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“Where in the World” Archive

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Sand Castle

Where is Gov. Simcoe Branch member and Loyalist Trails editor Doug Grant?

Where in the World?

Answer:   [ Nearing the end of a long day on a bus travelling north from Kerman to Yasd in central Iran, we stopped at another set of ruins. Along the route, and situated where there was a supply of good water, caravansaries offered refuge and protection overnight for camel trains. These ruins may have been such a stop. ]

A House of Birds and – Don't Laugh – Turds

Where is Col. John Butler Branch member Geri Wilson?

Where in the World? Where in the World? Where in the World?

Answer:   [ In Isfahan, Iran, one of the curiosities we visited was a 16th- or 17th-century pigeon tower, many of which were built to house pigeons. The pigeons were domesticated not for their meat (the pigeon is especially revered in Islam), but rather for their droppings, which the locals collected and used to fertilize melon and cucumber fields. The Safavids had a particular liking for melons and consumed them in staggering numbers. Pigeon dung was thought to be the best manure for these crops, and the towers were built for the purpose of attracting pigeons to them so that they would nest in the towers and their dung could be harvested. Built with brick and overlaid with plaster and lime, these towers were some of the finest dovecotes in any part of the world. At its peak, Isfahan had an estimated 3,000 pigeon towers. ]

What Would You Do For A Giveaway?

Where is Gov Simcoe Branch Branch member Jo Ann Tuskin?

The title is a chocolate-themed hint, but if the first photo doesn't tip you off, scroll down for the dead giveaway – another, faintly punny hint at the location – in photo #2.

Where in the World?
Where in the World?

Answer:   [ On a cruise up the Inside Passage, Jo Ann visited Skagway, a common stop on the Alaska Panhandle. The White Pass and Yukon Route narrow gauge railroad, constructed during the Klondike gold rush (1898-1900), now carries tourists. Skagway is also part of the setting for Jack London's book The Call of the Wild and the John Wayne film North to Alaska. Seeing a glacier up close is an important experience; this one possibly in Tracy Arm. ]

The Sands of Time

Where is Gov. Simcoe Branch member Doug Grant?

Where in the World?

Answer:   [ Persepolis, “the city of the Persians,” in southeastern Iran was built by Darius I. Construction began around 500 BC. Some 200 years later, Alexander the Great invaded Persia. The Persians held off Alexander's army at the "Persian Gates" (a pass through the modern-day Zagros Mountains) for 30 days and inflicted heavy casualties. Alexander eventually won out. Whether in retaliation or not, some months later he allowed his troops to loot Persepolis and around then the palaces burned. An elaborate and costly celebration of the 2,500th year of the Persian Empire was held by the Shah of Iran in Oct. 1971. ]

A Different Divider

Where are Pat Kelderman, of Thompson-Okanagan Branch, and Bev Balch, of Grand River Branch?

Where in the World?

Answer:   [ Pat and her husband Rob winter in San Jose del Cabo, on the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula. Bev joins her most winters for a week or two of sister time and to do a little connecting with cousins. Pat found while doing her genealogy of the Young family that Bev's Uncle Archie (Daniel Young UEL) – who left Ontario as a young man – headed to Mexico, started a cattle ranch near Laredo, and married the local school teacher. Pat and Bev took the old highway up from San Jose to Todo Santos to explore this beautiful remote mountainous interior, shop for beautiful silver jewelry and crafts and visit. They are pictured at the roadside tribute to the Tropic of Cancer on old Highway one just north of San Jose del Cabo. ]

A Second View Equates The Two

Where is Jack Twells of Calgary Branch?

Where in the World?

Answer:   [ Jack Twells of Calgary Branch is standing on the equator – marked by the yellow line – in Ecuador. Does the monument look familiar? (The Cutways visited recently as well.) ]

Middle of the Mercator

Where are Kingston & District Branch members Nancy and Steve Cutway?

Where in the World?

Answer:   [ Here we are about 17 miles outside of Quito, Ecuador, straddling the Equator. It is a historic site as well as a geographical location: in 1736 the Geodesic Mission of the French Academy of Sciences, led by Louis Godin, Pierre Bouguer and Charles Marie de La Condamine, first marked the location of the Equator after they conducted experiments to test the flattening at the poles of the characteristic shape of the Earth, by comparing the distance between a degree meridian in the equatorial zone to another level measured in Sweden. Apparently modern satellite technology has shown that the line depicted here is actually “off” by about 200 metres, but in 1736, this was a major scientific accomplishment. ]

[This Joke Was Too Risqué]

Where are Robert Rogers, UE, president of Edmonton Branch; his wife, Dorothy; his brother, David Rogers, UE; and his sister-in-law, Cathy Rogers, UE?

Where in the World? Where in the World?

Answer:   [ The British Virgin Islands (BVI) consist of about 60 islands and cays, about 15 of which are inhabited by just over 30,000 people, since 2002 British citizens. European discovery by Columbus in 1493. English, Dutch, French, Spanish, and Danish all jostled for control of the region, which became a notorious haunt for pirates. The English gained control in the 1680s. ]

Island in the Sun

Where are Calgary Branch members Jack Twells and Ivy Trumpour?

Where in the World? Where in the World?

Answer:   [ The Galápagos Islands, part of Ecuador, are volcanic islands in the Pacific, 906 km west of continental Ecuador. The islands are known for their large number of endemic species and were studied by Charles Darwin during the second voyage of the HMS Beagle. His observations and collections contributed to the inception of Darwin's theory of evolution by means of natural selection. The Galápagos Province of Ecuador, the Galápagos National Park, and the Galápagos Marine Reserve are a great place to visit, with wildlife that is not wild at all. The Galápagos Islands were short-listed as a candidate to be one of the New7Wonders of Nature. ]

One Of Us

Where is Gov. Simcoe Branch member Doug Grant?

Where in the World?

Answer:   [ While wandering the streets of London, we happened upon this building, “The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts,” a Church of England missionary organization active in the British Atlantic world in the 18th and 19th centuries. It sent Anglican clergymen and religious literature to Britain's colonies, supported schoolmasters and the establishment of new churches, and lobbied for a more expansive place for the Church of England in Britain's burgeoning empire. The society's original charter confined its operations to Britain's colonies, so its activities ceased in an independent United States in 1783. The society rebranded itself in 1965 as the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (USPG) and again in 2012 as the United Society or “Us.” ]

I Ran For A Glass Of Wine

Where is Col. John Butler Branch member Geri Wilson, UE?

Where in the World?

Answer:   [ Shiraz is a beautiful city in south-central Iran, known for its literary history and many gardens. The marble Tomb of Hafez, honoring the revered poet, sits within its own garden. Just after visiting this site, Geri found new friends. ]

A Brownish, Whitish, Redish Photo

Where is Kingston & District Branch member Anne Redish, UE?

Hint: Dressed as a Loyalist, Anne is pictured giving a talk about Loyalist Clothing to branch members who met on the territory of Loyalist-era allies from the Province of New York. This TERRITORY was derived from the traditional name of the brother of a well-known and powerful Loyalist-era female Indigenous leader who was connected to New York's William & John Johnson family.

Where in the World?

Answer:   [ Anne is shown at a Bay of Quinte branch meeting in the community of Shannonville, in the Theyandinaga territory. ]

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