In London for Philadelphia Eagles v. Jacksonville Jaguars

One minute you’re stuck in 30-minute backup on the Cross Bronx Expressway, the next your in a post-Brexit, pre-NFL game day London.

After a three-year absence, I’m back on the other side for relative short trip. The main purpose of this journey is to see my beloved Super Bowl-champion Eagles play their first London game. They play against the London Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars.

Three years ago, I wrote about trying to gauge the popularity of the games here. Yes, they do sell out instanly. I was online at Ticketmaster UK at 5am they day went on sale. Since it’s just me, I’m basically a seat filler in the 200 level. At 170 pounds, it’s a steep price to fill a sit between whoever.

On the flight over from JFK, I counted five Eagles fans and one Jags fan. While out of Philadelphia, they are numerous charter flights filled with fans going over for the game.

I cruised some message boards, where fans are posting meet-ups at pubs and asking what there is to do in London. Yeah, I’m not hanging with these people until game day Sunday.

There are many things I’m curious about, mainly who’s going to these games — the mix between Americans, Londoners, etc. I’ve been during games and the only time you see any sort pomp are the banners on Regent St. or the occasional tube advert. The free papers you get on the tube won’t mention in the sports section. This is a Premiere League town through and through.

They’ll be a bunch of activities for fans at Wembly Stadium, feauting, I kid you not, “American food”. Philly cheese steaks? Yeah, I’ll pass.

Since I’ve been to my share of Eagles game, I’m curious about the enthusiasm during the game or if the “boo birds” come out when they are down. This is 3-4 team coming off a historic Super Bowl run with their returning QB, Carson Wentz, who looks a bit like Prince Harry.

That’s damn scary. Have London embrace the Ginger Jesus over the Ginger Prince. Nope.

Full report to come.

Take a Ferry from Vancouver to Grouse Mountain to Visit Grinder and Coola

Who doesn’t love to take three modes of transportation to see bears in their “natural habitat”?

For a quick trek into nature where you don’t need to break a sweat or get dirty, you can always trek to Grouse Mountain. Located north of Vancouver, it offers spectacular views of the mountains and downtown Vancouver … so I’ve been told. Look at this view!

Yeah, it rained with heavy fog. Good times, huh?

In any event, I suggest you take a leisure and inexpensive route to Grouse. From downtown, you can take the Seabus and soak in the harbor view. Then, a free shuttle will take you directly. From there, you pick up your ticket and head up the sky gondola where you can complain about your ears popping and try to imagine what the view would look like without all the fog.

At the top of the mountain is a sky lodge facility with a small museum, food court, movie theater that explains how the bears were raised and shops.

In appropriate weather you can hike along the trails, ride a zip line or walk across a rope bridge. I was just there for some fresh mountain air and to see Grinder and Coola from a safe distance. Plan for about an hour on the mountain if you’re just curious and want a nice relaxing view.

The bears looked rather chill and well-cared for.