Monday, June 11, 2018

Here comes the rain again!

This past weekend I was joined in Canmore by my bestie Toni, and we enjoyed Saturday exploring some mellow new terrain. I've hiked Heart Mountain a few times and have climbed a handful of routes at Heart Creek, however I've never actually made it all the way back to Heart Falls - what a sweet walk!

Toni hates this pic... but it's the only one
 I have of her not flipping me the bird!

Destruction from the flooding
in 2013 is very evident.

Where is a picture of the falls, you ask? Unfortunately they are tucked away in a slot canyon that shields them from view. You can hear them, but it would have required me getting a little more wet than I was willing in order to snap a photo. I did try to get as close as possible though!

Can you see me in my invisible hiker clothing!
Thanks for the pics Toni!

We also took a spin through Bow Valley Provincial Park, which has an awesome little campground and some lovely hiking and biking trails.

Great vista from the Many Springs loop trail!

The Yam, as seen from Bow Valley Provincial Park.

Unique tree formation!

Yamnuska and the Bow River

We rounded out the day with a soak in the hot tub, where we met a friendly crew of 5 Peaks participants from Saskatchewan. Congrats to 'White Chocolate', who fared exceptionally well in the race, and to all of his counterparts who also finished the event! It was fun to visit with you guys and gals - I hope you enjoyed Canmore, and safe travels back to P.A.! Oh, and in case you are reading this, here is what you missed..... LOL.....

The rain returned with a chilly vengeance on Sunday, so it turned into an inside day. But the landscape seems to be soaking up the moisture and it is definitely nice to see green, green, green! Here's hoping the mountain precipitation tapers off to at worst a dull mist by Friday, as I tentatively have some bicycling plans. Looking forward to pedaling the Legacy Trail with Lorelee!


Thursday, June 7, 2018

What's in a name?

When my good friend Toni said "Hey, do you want to go with me to the Lilac Festival?", my mind immediately filled with images of people dancing around a park, inhaling the sweet fragrance of vibrant green bushes and their billowing purple blossoms, while some jazzy live band performed on an outdoor stage..... So when we arrived down in the Elbow Park area of Calgary on Sunday and wandered over to 4th Street, I was not really expecting to walk into this.....

'Lilac' is a misnomer, as the festival is not about flora at all. It is actually several city blocks, lined with a plethora of booths and street vendors, live entertainment and beer gardens, and packed with people..... it's like a giant block party to kick off summer in the city.

And although it wasn't what I envisioned, it definitely was entertaining! The weather was gorgeous, and we cruised around until the crowds became impossible to navigate. At which time we found a table on an outdoor patio from which to spectate and have refreshments - all in all, an excellent way to spend a day!

A token lilac plant! The only one I could find.

Jaime and Toni, in a rare moment when we
were not being herded like cattle!

Random flower from Jaime's garden.

I love the back roads!

Evening clouds.

The week has flown by, and tomorrow I'm headed to Canmore for some more of my favorite, much needed outside time in the mountains. I can't wait!


Sunday, May 27, 2018

It's Good To Be Me!

What a great month this has been! Work continues to be more than hectic, but in spite of that, I've spent a couple of weekends in Canmore, and a weekend in Medicine Hat, I've hung out with old friends, and I've made some new ones! And the icing on the cake has been the marvelous weather - it is freaky how summer-like the temps are!

Early morning fog.

A few Sundays back, my scramble plans downgraded into a nice cruisey bike ride. My poor ol' hardtail (which actually is not a bad set of wheels!) has been left unattended in my dusty Canmore parking garage for far too long. Between de-griming the Rocky Mountain-eer and fiddling with my brand new bike pump, it took me about 90 minutes and a desperation you-tube search to clean 'er up and figure out how to fill tires that have Presta-style valves. Oy. At any rate, I ended up having an enjoyable afternoon, sailing along the Canmore trails, soaking up the lovely town views.

I also added a new print to my condo - it is one of my fave photos that I had mounted in a gallery-box.

It's Rock Isle Lake - maybe I should have gone bigger?

The Victoria Day weekend took me south, to see my parents in Medicine Hat. We had a great visit, and I also played my first round of golf in I don't know how long! Eeeeeek!

I met up with Toni and her nephew and we swung our clubs for a leisurely nine holes at the charming little Paradise Valley golf course. And because it just wouldn't be a round of golf in Southern Alberta without seeing one.... a healthy looking bull snake slid across the 16th fairway right before we teed off!

The three-day vacation was a nice treat, but then it was back to the grind for four days of solid chaos. Which brings me to this past weekend, where I thoroughly enjoyed the sunshine and fresh mountain air with some ladies from a hiking group I've joined.

Ahhhhh, the backroads!

Avalanche debris - wow!

I have been back in Red Deer for less than three hours, and already I'm homesick for Canmore. *SIGH*  But I can't complain.... Life is pretty sweet..... It really is good to be me!