Eight Little Ducklings in a Row

Eight Little Ducklings in a Row I just watched the Hoop and Holler video footage of a brave Mama Duck crossing Portage la Prairie with eight little ducklings following, trusting their mama to lead them in...

Itravelnaked – CUBA Part II

Casa Particulars When the Soviet Union collapsed, the Cuba economy began circling the bowl. This time in Cuba’s history is called “The Special Period”. The Cuban government put in place economic...

Sightings from the Top: The Litter Bug

Sightings from the Top: The Litter Bug I frequently make little rules for myself, like “pick up one piece of trash on each walking trip to work and one on each trip home again.” Occasionally, though, if...

Chester The City Hall Mouse Episode 2

Mouse kissy kiss. There’s been some kinda crazy flurry of activity around City Hall this past week. Them ladies in the front office are like flies on a rabbit carcass, what with their sortin’ and...

Itravelnaked – CUBA – Part I

I don’t usually travel to lose my baggage The flight to Cuba is scheduled to arrive late evening. Pity, I wanted to see Varadero’s famed white beaches from the air. All that is visible is the lights of...

A Friendly Walkers Delight

Portage a Friendly Place to Walk by Karen Gross   When you go for a walk, do you make eye contact with people you pass by and greet them with a smile and/or a nod and/or a friendly greeting?...

New Travel Feature: Itravelnaked

The Hoop and Holler is happy to introduce our latest regular feature "I Travel Naked".  A local Portage la Prairian and his wife caught the travel bug early on in life and share some of the stories and...

Where did 14th Street Go?

by Karen Gross Mystery of the Disappearing Street It is true, fellow Portage la Prairians. We have a full fledged, bonafide mystery on our hands, or technically, on our streets. Some time ago, whilst...

Portage Has “Wow” Factor

By Karen Gross Wow, I Live Here! When I was a kid, growing up in land locked Steinbach (which is a total misnomer – “Stony Brook” – there isn’t even a creek there), we would go camping almost...