Top 5 Places to See Christmas Lights in Ontario

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Posted on Nov 21, 2017

Top 5 Places to See Christmas Lights in Ontario

The top 5 places to see Christmas lights in Ontario this year

It’s getting dark a little earlier now that Daylight Savings has ended, and that means Christmas light displays are just around the corner!

Here are some of the top events in southern Ontario:

Cavalcade of Lights

The Cavalcade of Lights is one of the top winter spectacles in Ontario year after year, taking place at Nathan Phillips Square in downtown Toronto. Visit the downtown core on Saturday, November 25th to see the lighting of the six-story tree, which serves as the city’s official holiday tree.

Feel free to stick around if you want to make a night of it, as there will be plenty of live music and entertainment.

Lakeside Festival of Lights

If you live west of Toronto, you may be more interested in checking out the 22nd annual Lakeside Festival of Lights in Burlington. Over 60 holiday-themed exhibits will be on display in Spencer Smith Park, making it a sight to behold for the entire family.

Many of the displays use LED lights, making the event much more environmentally-friendly than some of the other nearby events. The Festival of Lights starts at the beginning of December and ends shortly into the New Year.

Tree lighting in Pickering

If you’re in the Durham area, check out the tree lighting and fireworks taking place in Esplanade Park on Friday, December 1st. This event is perfect for parents with younger children, as they’ll be sure to love the merry-go-round and elf rides that will be available to the public.

If your children are little older, there’s still plenty for them to do, as the event is also offering basketball, soccer, and hockey-themed games. Be sure to bring your appetite, as there will be a number of Canadian-themed food trucks at the event.

While the event is free, organizers are collecting unwrapped gifts and non-perishable food items for those in need, so lend a hand if you can.

Aurora

In York Region, the Christmas tree lighting in Aurora is just a few weeks away. Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Santa’s reindeer will all be making their way from the North Pole to Aurora Town Hall on December 6th bringing with them loads of Christmas spirit.

The Salvation Army will also be there to collect food and toy donations.

The event runs from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, so be sure to get there early.

Winter Wonderland in Newmarket

Another local option is Winter Wonderland in Newmarket, which features a top-notch light display. Spend the night skating or hop aboard the Tim Horton’s Express Train on weekends and take in the dazzling holiday-themed exhibit.

The event starts at the beginning of December, so plan accordingly!

 

Everyday Cooking by Sandra Katanic

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Posted on Nov 15, 2017

Sandra Katanic

The book launch of Everyday Cooking by Sandra Katanic

#1 BEST SELLING AUTHOR Sandra Katanic launched her first cook book Everyday Cooking in Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario on Thursday November 9thReal Food | Real People | Real Life is Sandra motto that brought inspiration in writing her first cookbook.

Everyday Cooking by Sandra Katanic

“Everyday cooking is for everyone, especially busy people and families. Everyone can eat healthy and fresh meals learn how to cook multiple meals at once, cook economically, and save time and money.”  Sandra Katanic

Sandra is famous for her Pumpkin Pasta…

Ingredients:

  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 large can pure pumpkin purée
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 Tbsp Vegetta (or salt)
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated finely

Directions:

  • Sautee onions in oil until lightly golden
  • Add pumpkin puree.
  • Next, add milk and cream.
  • Add Vegetta/salt and pepper.
  • Add chopped parsley.
  • Stir until combined.
  • Cook on a slow simmer for a few minutes.
  • Add sauce to cooked pasta and top with cheese.

I strongly recommend Sandra’s book and hope you will follow these simple steps to get your very own. The book is available in hard copy and ebook ONLINE with a $2.99 LIMITED TIME ONLY special on the Ebook!

Pumpkin- Paster Everyday Cooking by Sandra Katanic

HOW TO PURCHASE:

1) Visit www.sandrakatanic.com/store
2) Select your country
3) Order either: The physical copy  or The Ebook copy
4) AFTER purchase, please consider leaving a review.

NewRoads is proud to be a Gold sponsor and support Sandra bringing people together is a big part of what we do.  I cannot think of a better way to bring people together then by sharing recipes, and enjoying great food with family and friends.

Thank you Sandra for sharing your dream with NewRoads and we look forward to seeing what you and your incredible team will do next!

To learn more about the NewRoads Community Crew and where you might find them next visit www.newroads.ca/community.

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The new 2019 Corvette ZR1

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Posted on Nov 14, 2017

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 photo

Previewing the new 2019 Corvette ZR1

The ZR1 is back, and it’s better than ever. Chevrolet dropped a bomb over the past weekend when it introduced the new 2019 Corvette ZR1, showcasing arguably its most impressive model to date.

Read ahead to find out what’s changed in this year’s version, and why car enthusiasts around the world are suddenly drooling over Chevrolet’s new supercar.

Rear of 2019 Corvette ZR1

Speed

Speed demons will be thrilled to hear that the ZR1 is being marketed as the fastest and most powerful Corvette yet.  Equipped with 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque, the ZR1 is said to top out at greater than 210 miles per hour.

ZR1’s LT5 6.2L V-8 engine delivers the highest output of any vehicle in Chevrolet’s 106-year history, thanks in large part to General Motors’ first-ever dual-injection-system.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 wheels

Look

If you’re someone who kept on top of the various teases that were released over the past several months, you probably already had a solid idea of what the ZR1 looked like prior to Sunday’s announcement.

Sebring Orange 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1

However, for those who have been kept in the dark, it should be noted that the 2019 model is as sleek as they come. The Sebring Orange Design Package offers a fresh look for the ‘Vette, with orange brake calipers, seatbelts, and interior stitching.

Even better, the interior is more comfortable relative to older models, with cushier seating and a more ergonomic feel overall.

Both a seven-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmission will be available in the 2019 model – marking the first time Chevrolet has offered an automatic transmission in the ZR1.

2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 hood

Add-ons

For those who take great pride in their speaker quality, Chevrolet is offering a Bose premium audio system. This year’s Corvette also comes equipped with Chevrolet’s Performance Data Recorder – allowing drivers to analyze their every move.

Heating and venting leather-trimmed seats are also available.

Solving old problems

After experiencing several issues with overheating with the Z06, GM went back to the lab and fixed arguably its biggest concern with the Corvette.  With 13 total heat exchangers and four new outboard radiators, the ZR1 is equipped with a much more efficient cooling system, offering 52 percent more displacement than the Z06’s LT4 supercharger.

Incredible.

What makes it so good?

If style, speed, and performance are the three attributes you cherish most in a new vehicle, then the 2019 Corvette ZR1 is the perfect car for you.  Simply put, this is the car supercar enthusiasts.

2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1

Release date

For those itching to get a closer look at the new ZR1, you’ll have to wait a few months, as the 2019 model won’t be released until next spring. A price has yet to be announced, stay tuned.

 

 

2017 East Gwillimbury Santa Claus Parade

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Posted on Nov 13, 2017

2017 East Gwillimbury Santa Claus Parade

Behind the Scenes at the 2017 East Gwillimbury Santa Claus Parade

Santa came to East Gwillimbury on Sunday, November 12th and the NewRoads Community Crew were there to enjoy the FUN!!

2017 East Gwillimbury Santa Claus Parade

“It is truly amazing what happens when your community comes together for a great cause.” said Anita Donato President of the East Gwillimbury Chamber of Commerce.

It all began at the Civic Centre, traveled along Mount Albert Road finishing at the East Gwillimbury Sports Complex.

Santa Claus Parade

Donations of non-perishable food items, toiletries and new unwrapped toys were being accepted on behalf Holland Landing Food Pantry.

Santa stayed at the East Gwillimbury Sports Complex along with children’s activities, where children could write letters to Santa and enjoy a free family skate on the NewRoads Arena Ice pad!

Santa

We would like to thank our host East Gwillimbury Chamber of Commerce tourism committee for partnering with NewRoads and entering their float promoting the From Farm to Fork Thanksgiving Tour!  For more information about Farm to Fork thanksgiving tour visit www.experienceeg.ca/farm-to-fork/

NewRoads GM at the 2017 East Gwillimbury Santa Claus Parade

To learn more about the NewRoads Community Crew and where you might find them next, visit www.newroads.ca/community  #newroadscommunitycrew

See more photos from the parade here!

East Gwillimbury Santa Claus Parade

 

2018 Subaru Forester vs 2018 Toyota RAV4

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Posted on Nov 7, 2017

2018 Subaru Forester vs Toyota RAV4

Comparing the 2018 Toyota RAV to the 2018 Subaru Forester

When it comes to small SUVs, both the 2018 Subaru Forester and 2018 Toyota RAV4 are among the most popular options on the market. While both vehicles are considered strong options, there are a few factors that make one more appealing than the other.

Before we start it’s important to call out the elephant in the room, and that’s Subaru’s clear advantage, their best-in-the-business symmetrical all-wheel drive system on every Forester model. We’ll leave that out to give the RAV a fighting chance.

Read ahead to find out which is the better choice for you:

Fuel Economy

If fuel economy tends to be one of your deciding factors when picking a new car, you’ll be disappointed to hear that the difference between the two vehicles is almost negligible.

The Forester 2.5i boasts a fuel efficiency rating of 8.4 litres per 100 km on the highway (XT model 10L) and 13 litres per 100 km for city driving. The RAV4, meanwhile, has a fuel economy score of 12.5 litres per 100 km on the highway and roughly 9.8 litres per 100 km for city driving. Add in the fact that the two SUVs have the exact same fuel tank capacity, and you’re getting roughly the same bang for your buck on the average tank of gas no matter which car you choose.

Safety

As with most Subaru vehicles, safety is a focal point in this year’s Forester.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Forester a score of “good” in five of the six crashworthiness tests and a “superior” score in front crash prevention.

While the RAV4 also received a “good” score in five of the six crashworthiness tests, it also received a “poor” score in the passenger-side test.

It’s worth noting that both cars received a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Size and space

If you’re looking for a comfy ride, the Subaru’s newest mini-SUV appears to be the way to go.  The Forester offers plenty of head, hip, shoulder, and legroom for all passengers, making it a great option for the whole family.

You won’t be cramped for space in the RAV4, but you also won’t have nearly the amount of room that the Forester has to offer.

Price

If you’re looking for great value, you can’t exactly go wrong with the new Subaru. When it comes to price, the 2018 Forester simply has the RAV4 beat. The Forester starts at just $25,995 (CAD), which is just incredibly good value for a brand new SUV. The RAV4 is more expensive, beginning at $27,605.

Verdict

Although both vehicles are undoubtedly solid options, the Forester ultimately trumps the RAV4 in a number of important categories, making it the most attractive choice for the majority of consumers. Add in Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel drive technology and the verdict is in.

The choice is still up to you at the end of the day, but you’re unlikely to regret your decision if you elect to go with the Forester.

Safe travels!

 

Top 5 Fall Road Trip Destinations in Ontario

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Posted on Oct 31, 2017

Best Fall Road Trip Destinations in Ontario

Top 5 Fall Road Trip Destinations in Ontario

With the weather cooling down and the leaves changing colour, it’s the perfect time to go on a road trip before the snow arrives.

Fortunately, there are a number of beautiful and scenic destinations throughout the province that are perfect for weekend getaways, so you won’t have to look far to find a suitable trip for you and your significant other.

Here are five of the top autumn road trip destinations around Ontario:

Tobermory

Head on down to the Bruce Peninsula if you’re interested in escaping the busy city for a few days.  Spend a day exploring the caves, hiking, or enjoying a nice picnic by the water. If you’re looking for a nice restaurant at nighttime, you should find plenty of suitable dinner options nearby.

If you’re looking for a nice place to say, many past tourists have had nothing but good things to say about the Princess Hotel.

1,000 Islands

If you’re more focused on planning a romantic getaway, check out the 1000 Islands in Gananoque. There are a number of resorts and inns in the area, so you should have no issue finding an affordable option for two.

Whatever you do, make sure to check out the 1000 Islands Tower if you’re not too afraid of heights. It’s a sight to behold.

Hamilton Falls

If you’re looking for a great scenic spot, you can’t go wrong with Dundas Peak. Dundas Peak is one of several beautiful waterfalls located in the Hamilton region. The waterfalls may not be worthy of an entire weekend getaway, they are perfect for anyone looking for a fun day trip.

While Dundas Peak is largely considered the nicest waterfall, Tews Falls is actually the tallest in the area, standing at an incredible 41-meters high.

Forks of the Credit

If hiking is your thing, grab your boots and head on down to Forks of the Credit Provincial Park. Located in Caledon, Forks of the Credit features some of the most breathtaking trails in the province. If you’re not much of a hiker, you can always bring your bike to check out some of the beautiful scenery.

As an added bonus, you should have no problem capturing a mesmerizing photo for your next Instagram post.

Prince Edward County

Few places in Ontario are as breathtaking as Prince Edward County in the fall. If you’re looking to do something during the day, there are a number of events taking place in the area throughout the month of November. If none of those tickle your fancy, you may be interested in going on a tour at one of the local wineries.

Most of the area’s tourists typically arrive in the summer, so you won’t have to worry about large crowds if you happen to travel to Prince Edward County in the coming weeks.

Safe travels!  #GetOutThere

 

 

2018 Toyota Camry vs 2018 Subaru Legacy

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Posted on Oct 24, 2017

2018 Toyota Camry vs 2018 Subaru Legacy

A bite-size comparison between the 2018 Toyota Camry and 2018 Subaru Legacy

If you’re in the market for a new mid-size sedan, you’d be remiss not to include the 2018 Subaru Legacy and 2018 Toyota Camry among your options.

Both cars are sound choices for anyone looking to upgrade their current vehicle, possessing a number of unique features that should be attractive to any car buyer. Here’s a quick breakdown of the two vehicles:

Technology

If you’re someone who likes to plug your smartphone in and listen to music or podcasts while you drive, you’ll be disappointed to hear that the Camry does not support either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto – two systems that are available in the new Legacy.

Toyota has decided to use a Linux-powered infotainment system instead for its 2018 model, going its own route instead of teaming up with the likes of Apple and Samsung.

The Legacy comes with “Subaru Starlink” – which ranks as one of the top infotainment systems on the market.

Fuel Efficiency

No matter which car you choose, you won’t have to worry about spending a fortune at the pump. The 2018 Legacy boasts a combined fuel economy rating of 12.5 litres per 100 km, while the Camry comes in slightly ahead, with a combined rating of 11 litres per 100 km.

At the end of the day, neither is much of a gas guzzler, especially if you do a lot of highway driving.

Price

Both the 2018 Legacy and 2018 Camry come at affordable prices for the average consumer. The Legacy starts at $24,995, which is simply incredible value for a car of this class.

The Camry, meanwhile, begins at $26,390, while the hybrid starts at $31,290.

Neither is overly expensive, especially given the expected longevity of both vehicles. However, if you’re under a tighter budget, the Legacy would appear to be the better option.

Safety

As with most Subaru vehicles, the Legacy is absolutely loaded with cool safety features, including adaptive headlights and high-beams, tire-pressure monitoring, pre-collision braking, lane-departure warning, blind-spot detection, and rear cross-traffic alert, to name a few.

However, Subaru’s legend was born on the back of their industry leading symmetrical all-wheel drive system.

The Camry offers a number of safety features of its own, but doesn’t have as extensive of a list as its Subaru competitor.

Both vehicles performed well in crash tests, receiving “good” scores across the board from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Neither vehicle has been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but both cars received five-star ratings for their 2017 editions.

Verdict

While both vehicles are reasonable options for any consumer looking to purchase a new mid-size sedan, many would agree that the Legacy offers a better bang for your buck.

Considering the Legacy not only starts at a cheaper price, but also offers better safety and infotainment features, it seems like a no-brainer to purchase Subaru’s newest mid-size sedan.

 

Honda Civic vs. Subaru Impreza

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Posted on Oct 17, 2017

Honda Civic vs Subaru Impreza

If you’re in the market for a new compact car, you’ve probably considered both the Honda Civic and the Subaru Impreza as potential options.

While there are certainly similarities between the two vehicles, each offers its own unique features for their respective 2018 models, potentially making one more attractive than the other for a prospective buyer.

Honda Civic

Honda Civic

Read ahead to find out how the two cars match up:

LOOKS

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so it’s really just a matter of opinion as to which car has the better style.  In all fairness, both models are super sleek and should have no problem catching the eye of a passer-by.

Subaru Impreza

Subaru Impreza

SAFETY

When it comes to safety, few compact vehicles can hold a candle to the 2018 Impreza.

Every Impreza is filled with an abundance of safety features, including a rear view monitor, electronic traction, stability control, incline-start assist, and of course Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel drive – the best in the business. They also all feature front side-impact, side-curtain, and driver’s knee airbags.

The Impreza once again performed exceptionally well in safety tests, earning five stars in every crash test measured by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Furthermore, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) made the 2018 model one of its top safety picks.

Subaru Impreza interior

Subaru Impreza interior

While the Civic is also rated highly among the NHTSA and the IIHS, there is still room for improvement. The 2018 model received four stars for front-crash safety (compared to a five-star rating for the Subaru Impreza), with poor headlights also bringing down its rating.

Although the Civic offers some quality safety features, the list is not nearly as extensive as the Impreza’s.

FUEL EFFICIENCY

Both the Civic and the Impreza offer strong fuel efficiency ratings, helping consumers to save a little extra at the pump.

While the numbers change slightly depending on the model, the Impreza uses roughly 10-11 litres per 100 kilometers, while the Civic uses about 9-10 litres per 100 kilometers for city driving. Of course, these figures improve a bit on the highway.

At the end of the day, you won’t have to worry about either vehicle guzzling too much of your pay cheque.

PRICE

Consumers will be happy to hear that both vehicles come at very affordable prices. The 2018 Impreza starts at just $19,995, while the 2018 Civic DX starts at $18,457.

While the Subaru Impreza may be slightly more expensive, it also comes with more safety features.

VERDICT?

The choice is yours. While your eyes may be immediately drawn towards the Civic because of the cheaper price tag, remember that the reason you’re looking for a 2018 model is that modern-day safety features are important to you. If that’s the case, hello Impreza.

 

East Gwillimbury Farm to Fork Thanksgiving Tour

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Posted on Oct 12, 2017

East Gwillimbury Farm to Fork Thanksgiving Tour

On Saturday, September 30th the East Gwillimbury Chamber of Commerce tourism committee hosted their second annual Farm to Fork Thanksgiving Tour.  This tour encompasses a 50 km drive through the picturesque countryside, to learn about our history, the historical significance of Thanksgiving, and to purchase all the items needed to make a traditional farm-fresh Thanksgiving dinner.

East Gwillimbury Farm to Fork

Sharon Temple

Stop 1: Start at Sharon Temple National Historic Site & Museum where you will receive free admission to the site. Learn how to make sage butter with herbs harvested from a heritage herb garden, pick up pre-ordered picnic lunches and pick up any ordered sage butter.

East Gwillimbury Farm to Fork Thanksgiving Tour

Thompson Potato Farm

Stop 2: Head over to Thompson Potato Farm to pick up your pre-ordered potatoes and purchase carrots and onions.

AE Breeding Farm & Natural Meats

Stop 3: Pick up anti-biotic and hormone free, free-range and grass-fed chicken, lamb and beef products at this new addition to the tour! Try the lamb sausages, they’re a best seller!

Farm to Fork Thanksgiving Tour

Pumpkins

Rose Family Farm

Stop 4: Next stop is Rose Family Farm to pick your pumpkin. Lead better Meats, Empire Cheese, home-made preserves & pies and a chip wagon are also available.

Brooks Farms

Stop 5: Continue on to Brooks Farms where in addition to the Farm Market which sells farm fresh goodies, the kids can enjoy the Barnyard Playland.

Barn

Corn

Sharon Mushroom Farm

Stop 6: Sharon Mushroom Farm will feature tours of the mushroom rooms to learn how mushrooms are grown, and to pick up your pre-ordered mushrooms.

King Cole Duck Farm

Stop 7: End your tour at Queensville Farm Supply and Country Store to pick up your pre-ordered King Cole Duck and see a display of ducklings.

Thanksgiving Pumpkins GMC Sierra GMC Sierra Pickup truck

Vince’s Market

Stop 8: Vince’s Market is the final stop on the tour where you can pick up your reserved Hayter’s Farm Fresh Turkey. Show your receipt at Vince’s Market in Sharon to select your Hayter’s Farm Fresh Turkey and pay upon pick-up for a reduced price with proof of reservation.

East Gwillimbury Farm to Fork Thanksgiving Tour Tractor Flowers

An amazing talk from Frankie Flowers all about gardens truly brought a very unique and great value to a fantastic event!!

NewRoads are proud sponsors of the East Gwillimbury Chamber of Commerce because bringing people together for a good cause is part of what we do.  We would like to thank the East Gwillimbury Chamber of Commerce their efforts in our community and look forward to enjoying our partnership for many years to come.

East Gwillimbury Farm to Fork Thanksgiving Tour

For more information about Farm to Fork thanksgiving tour visit www.experienceeg.ca/farm-to-fork/

To learn more about the NewRoads Community Crew and where you might find them next visit www.newroads.ca/community.

East Gwillimbury Farm to Fork

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How to prepare for your Fall Road Trip

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Posted on Oct 10, 2017

How to prepare for your Fall Road Trip

How to prepare for your road trip this fall

Thanksgiving just passed and Halloween is a few weeks away, meaning Fall 2017 is officially in full swing. With the leaves changing colour and the temperature starting to cool, there’s no better time than now to plan a scenic road trip.

Here are few things you should remember before embarking on your weekend getaway:

Get your car serviced

Before you go anywhere, it’s important to get your car checked ahead of time to see if it’s as ready as you are.

Change your oil, get your fluids checked, get your tires rotated, and have your air filter cleaned. Sure, it may be money you’d rather spend elsewhere, but it’s a heck of a lot better than enjoying the fall colour stuck on the side of the road.

Bring snacks

No brainer ehh?!

Update your phone

It’s 2017, which means your smartphone is likely the most important item you’ll bring. Update your contact list, create playlists for the drive, and download any apps that could be useful.  Especially an app like Waze.  Also, don’t forget to bring a charger!

Take breaks

While you may feel the urge to continue driving to ensure you make good time, it’s more important that you stop and take a break every once in a while.  If you’re with other people who have their license, don’t be afraid to divvy up the driving – especially if it’s a long trip. This will ensure you’ll be alert when you’re behind the wheel and that you can enjoy the fall colour as a passenger.

Don’t overpack

While it may seem like a smart idea to prepare for any situation, it’s better if you don’t overpack for your trip.  More room, less weight, less stuff… traveling light is the way to go.

Prep Work

Google is a wonderful tool in preparing for your roadie – you likely used it to find this blog!  Road maps, routes and tips are plentiful.  But better yet, the Fall Cololur Reports for Ontario are a very handy tool for getting your timing just right.

Bonus tip

Don’t forget your camera!

 

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