Adventures Index

Written by Harold McNeill on October 5th, 2014. Posted in Index to Posts


Adventures Index

This section covers a wide variety of stories.  The sections will divided according to type (e.g. Big Kinosoo, Family Events, etc.).  At the top of the page will appear links to the three most recent posts.  Where appropriate, posts in a section will be linked together so the reader can skip directly from one to the next or back to the index.

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Most Recent Posts

Big Kinosoo: Growing the Legend (November 2014):  The object this introduction is ways to help the Big Kinosoo Legend grow in stature by whatever means necessary.  Anecdotes, photographs, cover-us, conspiracies – they are all fair game.   Link to Big Kinosoo: Growing the Legend

RAWthentic Eatery: Royal Oak  (April 2014):   It is always a pleasure to promote local businesses who seek to provide the best in food.  While I am not always so disciplined as to stay away from other fast food, I do my best.  Link to RAWthentic

Victoria Morioka Friendship Society: A Visit to Victoria:  (February, 2014).  While meeting and greeting many friends we have made in Japan, a highlight of the visit was several concerts presented by Miss Misaki Usuzawa, winner the Japanese New Singer of the Year Contest in 2012. Miss Usuzawa was one of those whose family was hit by the 2011 Tsunami.  Link to Victoria Morioka Society

McNeill Solutions and Seaside Magazine (February 2014)  Sean McNeill has now been operating his new company for just over two years. His business, E-Marketing and Web Presence.   Link to the Seaside Article

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Big Kinosoo Series

Kinosoo Collage

7. Dangerous Waters Run Deep (July 2011):   When Sampi failed to heed the warning given by Frank and hit the waters early. He nearly ended up at he bottom of Davey Jones Locker.   Link here to Dangerous Waters Run Deep

6. Sampi Gets Hooked (July 2011):   We met Sampi and his daughters while camping in Kinosoo Park. They were planning on their first fishing trip to Cold Lake, so my bother-in-law Frank Yochim to Sampi aside and warned Sampi about the dangers posed by the Big Kinosoo.  Link to Sampi gets hooked

5. Airplane Down -Fish Attack (Summer c1960’s):  (August 2011):   The RCAF often landed their Otter on Cold Lake and moored it at the main dock.  One day on landing near French Bay, the plane flipped over.  The pilot claimed a large fish had swam directly in front of his craft, hit the floats and flipped the plane.   Link Here for Fish Attack.

4. The Rush is on: Legend Becomes Reality (March 2011):  A short history of fishing in Cold Lake including a section on my father who was an expert in that field and who always carried a rifle to protect himself from an attack by the Big Kinosoo.  Link to the Rush is on.

3. Monster Fresh Water Fish of Canada (January 2011):   While the Big Kinosoo is the King of the Big Fish, there are other monsters in Canada who seek to take his crown.  Link to Monster Fish

2. The Big Kinosoo: Origin of the Legend (Chapter 1):  (January, 201i):  The six part series begins with a short excerpt on the legend as told by J.B. Minoose, a Cree Elder, and good friend of Dad (Dave McNeill) and Mom (Laura) who first met J.B. when we moved to the Primrose Logging Camp.  The Minoose story was copied from a book, The Treasured Scales of the Kinosoo  Link to the Big Kinosoo

1. Big Kinosoo: Growing the Legend (November 2014):  The object this introduction is ways to help the Big Kinosoo Legend grow in stature by whatever means necessary.  Anecdotes, photographs, cover-us, conspiracies – they are all fair game.   Link to Big Kinosoo: Growing the Legend

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Family and Miscellaneous

RAWthentic Eatery: Royal Oak  (April 2014):   It is always a pleasure to promote local businesses who seek to provide the best in food.  While I am not always so disciplined as to stay away from other fast food, I do my best.  Link to RAWthentic

Victoria Morioka Friendship Society: A Visit to Victoria:  (February, 2014).  While meeting and greeting many friends we have made in Japan, a highlight of the visit was several concerts presented by Miss Misaki Usuzawa, winner the Japanese New Singer of the Year Contest in 2012. Miss Usuzawa was one of those whose family was hit by the 2011 Tsunami.  Link to Victoria Morioka Society

McNeill Solutions and Seaside Magazine (February 2014)  Sean McNeill has now been operating his new company for just over two years. His business, E-Marketing and Web Presence.   Link to the Seaside Article

New Years Eve 2013: Brentwood Inn:  (December, 2013):  Again Lynn, Esther, Garth and I attended this wonderful evening with family and friends.  Garth and I again assumed our roles as the Blues Brothers. With plenty of lively young people, great music by Lucas and Drew and food   Link to New Years Eve 2013

Santa Clause and Rudolf: New Plans and Directions (October 2013):   One day during the summer Santa and Rudolf dropped by our home on Leney Place, in Victoria, to discuss building a new shop in a warmer climate.  It was not long before construction was under way and by Christmas 2013 it was in full operation.   Link here to New Plans and Directions

Zajac Ranch: Four Days with Family and Friends (August 2013):   When friends from back East decided to have a second wedding party for their Wast Coast friends they did it up right by arranging to use the Zajac Ranch for four days.  Link to Zajac Ranch 

West Coast Fishing Adventure (July 2013):  Brother Barry, his wife and three grandchildren spent a couple of weeks out this way. During the holiday we managed to snag some pretty nice salmon and a half dozen Dungeness Crab. Link to West Coast Fishing Adventure.

Purple Day Plane Pull: In Praise of Volunteers (March 2013):  We head back to Sidney to watch Sean and his crew of plane pullers as they tackle a water bomber at the airport.  A lot of fun and even raised a fair amount of money for a good cause:  Link to Purple Day Plane Pull

The Roaming Riot Flash Mob (May 2012):  After being detoured through various airports, it is always fun to join in whatever party happens to be taking place wherever you land.  On this occasion it was a short early morning layover in Edmonton where we met a Groom and his Wedding Party heading to Mexico for a little celebration.  We helped celebrate their departure:   Link Here to the Roaming Riot Flash Mob

Canada Day Parade in Sidney (July 2012):  A wonderful little community only 30 minutes from Victoria.  Waterfront, marina, seaway walks, quaint little shop and resturants, Sidney has it all, including a great Canada Day Parade.  Link to Parade in Sidney

Hiking Mount Colonel Foster (September 2012):  My sister is never satisfied to tackle just one Mountain in a year, she has to tackle two.  It turns out the Mt. Colonel Foster was child’s play for her and Michel.  To bad I missed the trip.  Join Hiking Mount Colonel Foster

 Mount Albert Edward: An Adventure (September 2012): Coming close to do in our Canoe Trip, she decided to try again when she invited me to join her and Michel in tackling Mount Albert Edward.  I was in good shape, but this would prove to be another test of mmd over matter.  Link to Mount Albert Edward

Christmas Celebration on Leney Place (December 2011):  If not Halloween there is always another season to celebrate.  On Leney Place, that always includes Christmas with lots and lots of lights.   Link Here to Christmas on Leney Place.

Leif Erikson Day (October 2011):   With a solid history in the Norwegian Community and with a friend who hails from Norway, it is always fun celebrating the history of the famous Norwegian who discovered America well before Christopher Columbus even knew how to sail a ship.   Link here for Leif Erikson Day

The Pumpkin Family (October 2011):   When Halloween rolls around, the McNeill Family is usually out in force.  In 2011, we invited the entire family to share in our experience.  With lights shinning and candles glowing each member did their part: Link here to the Pumpkin Family

Corpuconia Traditions (April 2011):  When the daughter of our friends, Kia Simonsen, announced her marriage, Lynn volunteered to make the wedding cake.  It turned out to be something very special in the Norwegian tradition. Link her for Cornucopia Traditions

Fight for Survival – A Canoe Trip Turns Deadly (June 1997):  While on a holiday in Cold Lake and visiting mom, Lynn and Sean, along with my sister Dianne and her family started a trip along the calm wages of Marie Creek just north or our farm.  It turned out heavy summer rains had turned the creek into a deadly torrent that nearly took our lives:   Link here Fight for Survival

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Grayson Chronicles 

5. The Final Chapter of this Series is a work in process.

4. Jail Break, then off to the Rodeo (July 2012):   The Federal Penitentiary in Prince Albert proved to be a tough nut to crack. After being pulled over by the prison guards we would lucky to escape. We ran for the hills in southern Saskatchewan then snuck over the over the border heading towards Calgary.   Link to Prison Break

3. Heading to Saskatchewan: A Little Farm Time (July 2012): If we Alberta was tough, Saskatchewan proved to equally unforgiving of we tenderfoots from BC.  Not only did we get lost, Grayson had to go and fall in love.  Link to Falling in Love

2. Making our Way Across Alberta  (July 2012):  Things are different in Alberta.  All those big trucks make if more dangerous than  all the mountain passes in BC combined and not one of those trucks would give an inch of latitude.  Link to Part II: Alberta Bound

 1. Grayson Chronicles: The Journey Begins  (July 2012)  For some months Grayson and his Grandpa had been planning a trek across the three western Canadian Prairie Provinces. Along the way they would fight threats from mosquitoes, floods, gravel roads in the wilderness and a hundred other dangers.  Link to Part I of The Grayson Chronicles

 

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  • Harold McNeill

    March 19, 2019 |

    Hi Dave. Not that I am aware and I have a fairly comprehensive family tree for the McNeill side of the family. I will pull it up and scan. Cheers, Harold. Great chatting with you and I will give Ben a nudge.

  • Dave Cassels

    March 16, 2019 |

    Were you related to Guy McNeill who owned the Bruin Inn in St. Albert in the late 40’s or early 50’s? Guy was a close friend of my father-in-law who was the first President of the Royal Glenora Club. My phone number is 780 940 1175. Thank you.

  • Harold McNeill

    March 15, 2019 |

    So glad you found the story and enjoyed. Indeed, they were memorable times. I did a fair amount of searching but never managed to contact any of the Murffit kids. However, it was neat to make contact with the Colony and someone I knew from back in the day. I have enjoyed writing these stories from back in the 1940s and 50s and have made contact with a lot of friends from those early years. I will give you a call over the weekend. Cheers, Harold

  • Yvonne (Couture) Richardson

    March 7, 2019 |

    I enjoyed your story. I too, lived in Pibroch in 1951, as my parents owned the hotel there. I was a very close friend of Bonnie Murfitt at the time. I moved to Edmonton in 1952, however, and have not seen her since. I would like to be in touch with you to talk about your story. My email is listed above and my phone number is 780-475-3873.

  • Laureen Kosch/Patry

    March 5, 2019 |

    I grew up in Pibroch and would not trade those years for anything. “ Kids don’t know how to play anymore” Never was a truer statement made. During the summer we were out the door by 8am, home for lunch, and back when it got dark. For the most part our only toys were our bikes and maybe a baseball mitt. I will never forget the times when all the kids got together in “Finks field” for a game of scrub baseball. Everybody was welcome, kids from 8 to 18. I didn’t know it then but I guess I had a childhood most dream of. Drove thru town last summer. It all looked a lot smaller.

  • Harold McNeill

    January 13, 2019 |

    Well, my dear, it’s that time again. How the years fly by and the little ones grow but try as you may you will have a hard time catching up to your Daddy. Lots of love young lady and may your day be special
    Love, Dad

  • Harold McNeill

    January 5, 2019 |

    Guess what? My response went to the Spam folder. Hmm, do you suppose the system is trying to tell me something?

  • Harold McNeill

    January 5, 2019 |

    Thanks, Terrance. Your comment came through but went to the Spam folder. Have pulled it out and approved. Can you send another on this post to see if you name is now removed from Spam? I’m not sure why it does that. Cheers, Harold

  • Terrance

    January 5, 2019 |

    A VERY COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS. ALL POLITICIANS SHOULD READ THIS.

  • Harold McNeill

    December 23, 2018 |

    Thanks Sis. I will be uploading as Hi-Def so the photos can be viewed full screen. Brother