All posts by Jeff Haltrecht

Thanks for wanting to know more... I believe in ownership, drive, and mutual support. I like people who are humble, hungry, and smart. Teams perform better than individual supper stars. You have the capability to do the impossible. Photographs tell a story. People love stories.

Surfing Ho’okipa Beach Park, Maui, Hawaii

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Let’s start with the first answer… no, this is not me! I tried surfing once many years ago in Costa Rica and can accurately say its not my sport. For some reason I can hurdle myself down black diamond runs on skis or across the most gnarly mountain bike terrain, however ask me to stand on a surfboard and its instant face plant.

We are here at Ho’okipa Beach Park on the North side of Maui where the good surfers come out for some fun. I say good, as there is another area on the way to Lahaina where the beginners get going, and at the other extreme there is ‘Jaws’ at Peahi further up the road to Hana from Ho’okipa where the world’s most experienced surfers compete. This dude is one of 30 or so surfers out on this day.

Skier lodges at Big White Mountain, tucked in between the Okanagan Highlands and Monashee Mountains, British Columbia

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This is what fresh powder looks like hanging from trees! Sun setting after a ski day at Big White.

Toronto’s CN Tower framed by apartments

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Iconic for Canadians and many people globally, I really like how a community has grown right around Toronto’s CN Tower. Without counting I’d guess 50 to 60 apartment buildings in the area. These two are the closest, framing the tower so perfectly on this cold December evening. The picture is taken from Canoe Field on the West side, a turf soccer pitch easily identifiable by a larger than life red canoe next to it.

are you craving beach time?

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Looking out upon the Sea of Cortes, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

This is getting closer to the top of my bucket list right about now! I usually like adventure vacations however even a day at the beach would be great this week. Warm breeze, hot sand, fresh water. Maybe start the day with an early morning long walk, then some sun after lunch, and perhaps star gazing after sunset. Throw in a margarita or two… Are you with me on this one?

A picture of Buckingham Palace in honor of the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

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Buckingham Palace, 2016

2 months shy of 100 years of age. Pretty damn sweet! The monarchy is not my personal thing however I recognize the family’s role in the United Kingdom and around the world, and it’s never easy when a prominent and well liked person passes. I read Prince Philip visited Canada 29 times in his life and USA a further 6; that unto itself is quite something for North America. RIP.

Painting the marine harbour, oil on canvas, Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Oil on canvas painting of the Dubrovnik, Croatia harbour, spring 2015

A wet spring day today in Toronto has me indoors flipping pictures from years past. I really appreciate how this artist captured the marina and surrounding buildings of Dubrovnik in vivid color, and is a perfect contrast to what I see outside. This town is amazing – I’ve posted a few pictures from Dubrovnik over the years – due to the history of its people, the imprint of wars gone by, and its great food. One day we’ll be back!

Watching the Ice Melt is a Canadian Pastime of Spring

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A seat in the sun as winter comes to an end.

Who is ready for spring? This was not the harshest of winters to live through however it did feel like the longest due to the pandemic. We are hardy people and have gotten through it – yay! The Oxford English Dictionary says a pastime is “a diversion or recreation which serves to pass the time agreeably; an activity done for pleasure rather than work…”. That kind of sums up the scene here. Grab a hot chocolate, sit in the sun, and watch the ice melt.

Maui’s Pu’u Kukui volcanic mountain summit is your dinner ocean view at sunset

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Maui’s Pu’u Kukui volcanic mountain summit is your dinner ocean view at sunset

Who wouldn’t love a dinner setting like this right about now? Most of us are craving a nice meal out with friends and no masks. Happy to have this photo to remind us of what is not too far off once again. Wish I could say this was our dinner spot back in 2018, but alas, we walked past this wonderful table for 6 as we made our way to another location. No complaining allowed… it was warm, the food good, and we were having fun as a family.

1949 Chevrolet deluxe club coupe with psychedelic interior

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Some things age well on their own, while others age better when dressed-up with a twist. 1949 Chevrolet Deluxe Club Coupe.

Back to summer 2019 when walking a car show was reality in our lives! What does this interior remind you of? For me it feels like a classic dinner with the red bar stools and a jukebox playing a track for everyone to hear. This 1949 Chevy Club Coupe is so well customized and maintained… stare closely to find the compass, skeleton figurine hanging by its hat, the Ace of Spades, singers microphone, and if your really good, the skull and cross bones for the locking door button (bottom left of photo, slightly blurred). According to Wikipedia these were assembled here in Oshawa, came with a 3 speed manual, and delivered 90 horsepower (really?)

Tourists sunbathing on the rocks in 16th Century Dubrovnik, Croatia back in 2015

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Remember life before COVID-19? Tourists sunbathing on the rocks in Dubrovnik, Croatia back in 2015.

We are traveling virtually again this post back to 2015 visiting Dubrovnik, Croatia. A well preserved 16th century city on the Adriatic in the southern end of Croatia, Dubrovnik is an incredible step back in time. It was almost destroyed (1667 earthquake), controlled by the French, then Italians, Austrians, and finally Yugoslavia. In 1991 the city endured considerable shelling as Yugoslavia came apart. When walking the streets and alleys within the walled city you will read stories on the walls of what shelling occurred and what business or cultural place was sadly hit. Here we have a wonderful rest spot outside the fortress walls on the rocks by the Adriatic. Looking at this today while in COVID-19 lockdown is surreal, yet its also a glimpse into what we have to look forward to.