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Where in the World is UELAC?

“Where in the World is UELAC?” Where in the world are YOU?? With your help, we hope to find out! Take a travel photo of yourself - it would be great if you were wearing UELAC gear, but not mandatory - and we'll feature it online and in an upcoming issue of Loyalist Trails.

First, put yourself in the picture with UELAC Promotional gear. Then, provide a short description of your surroundings - something historical is great, again not obligatory - and send your photo and description to Doug Grant Loyalist.Trails@uelac.org and we'll add you to our UELAC sightings gallery below.

In the meantime, browse our recent submissions below and see if you recognize the people, the places, or both. Click any photo for a larger resolution. Mouse and click the space between the square brackets to reveal the description.

The archive of older entries has more. For earlier entries, browse by year: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

Highlight the space below the photo to reveal the answer if you're stumped!

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.) ]

Previous Submissions: Archive

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