Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#77)

WITW 77

 

Gumbo has left the world of fascinating architecture and cathedrals (most recently in Spain and Charleston), and is on the go again.  Gumbo's gone from the steamy heat of the south to this cooler body of water.  He's got a purpose in where he's going, but what is it and more importantly, where is it?

 

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So, exactly where is Gumbo today?  Please be as specific as possible.

 

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Huuummm... still looks somewhere with North American influence given the delivery truck make and the hi-vis vest on the ferry man. But flat and cool....

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things."  Henry Miller

Good observations, Mac.  An important clue are the buildings towards the top of the photo.  what do they remind you of?

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"We do not take a trip, a trip takes us".  John Steinbeck, from Travels with Charlie

Across the water looks all the world like an airport to me.  Hangars, possibly a fuel truck and what appears to be a runway at the far right.

Certainly hangers but with quite low doors... A large fuel(?) bowser? Looks like a jet blast shield at the end of the runway and sea all around(?). Must have public access or just 'not secret' due to the ferry and Dr. F taking photos, so not military. 

 

Why does Dr F ask what the hanger shapes remind me of?

 

 

It looks as if cars are in front of the hanger doors.. Is that logical? Are we talking seaplanes I wonder... but no slipway and why a runway?

 

Head aches... 

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things."  Henry Miller

It makes me wonder if it isn't a private facility or even a manufacturer, as opposed to a public airport.  Like a Boeing factory, or similar.  Or general aviation (private planes).

Assuming they're hangars, the doors for the planes would be on the other side, cars on this side employees' cars.  I'm thinking now that this could be any airport.  Now, finding an airport near water, lots of those, but one with a ferry as a neighbor, not many of those I suspect.

I think that I've missed the ferry.... :-(

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things."  Henry Miller

I think it's time for some more clues.  Some excellent observations so far.

 

Here's what's true:

 

1) It is an airport and those are hangers.  The hangers do have low doors, implying huge aircraft don't use these hangers.

2) That is a ferry in the foreground of the photo

3) The water is indeed very calm

4) Not a secretive facility.  Everyone is welcome.

 

Last clue, another photo.  This is what it looks like from the other ferry terminus, looking back at where the original photo was taken.

 

WITW 77b

 

Does this help you figure out where Gumbo is?

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"We do not take a trip, a trip takes us".  John Steinbeck, from Travels with Charlie

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OK, onward.  Sprint Insight, a Canadian company (78 Millwick DrNorth York ONM9L 1Y3) and grain elevators, maybe?  But I haven't been to Canada for a number of years so the city isn't familiar to me.

Could be silly of me, but I'm thinking further west, maybe Vancouver area, looking for an area where the ferry is likely.

The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectations

I wasn't suggesting any particular province, only confirming that Sprint Insight has an Ontario corporate address.  I'm thinking not as far west as BC, maybe a plains province, given the the grain elevator, if that's what it is.

At first, I was thinking the Pacific North West or BC, but the grain elevator points strongly to the Great Lakes. This is supported by Port Moresby's observation of the Ontario company's container. The largest city in the province is Toronto.  It has an airfield beside the lake, and my own photograph from the top of the CN Tower taken a few years ago shows hangers just like in the first picture. I therefore vote for Toronto lake shore.

I'll take back Vancouver and pass on the part of Great Lakes I might have thought of, now that I notice how short the ferry distance is, terminal to terminal... 

The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectations

Again excellent observations!  But an answer as generic as "Vancouver" or the "Great Lakes" isn't good enough.

 

Gumbo seems to be taking a ferry to an airport.  How many can there be?

 

Last day to get in your solutions.  The reveal to this quiz goes up tomorrow.

Twitter: @DrFumblefinger

"We do not take a trip, a trip takes us".  John Steinbeck, from Travels with Charlie

I think I knew this one right from day one, but saved my guess until now.  I have to say the TravelGumbo members are great detectives, for I do believe they pretty much solved this puzzle.  My guess is:  Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, which is located on an island just 122 m (400 ft) from shore (downtown Toronto).  I believe the  ferry route is one of the world's shortest regularly scheduled ferry routes.

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