Monday, May 20, 2013

Almost perfect!

What a kick-ass weekend! There was some serious rocking, and a bit of chilling out, and some wicked outside time.... does it really get much better than that??

You may have read my post about me getting to see the best rock band of all time on Friday night.... Mmmm mmm!! Well I slept in and puttered around Red Deer before driving to Canmore on Saturday. And on Sunday, when I was finally recovered from the hype of the concert, I parked my carcass on the couch while it poured rain outside, and I got in some major quality reading....

Can't wait for THIS movie now!

And today, the forecast was still iffy, but I decided to get some miles on my new hiking boots, so I went and had lunch on the top of EEOR (East End of Rundle)....

Signs, signs, everywhere there's signs.... LOL!

Gorgeous views on the ascent.

Can you see all the peeps on Ha Ling??

Wish you were here!

Can't help but smile... love this place!

Hey - check out my new tattoo!

The day was really quite perfect - the temps were exactly right, and the clouds threatened to misbehave but never did open up. Mother Nature got up to a bit of mischief however, when she cut loose a slab of rock and sent it on down over the access road this morning....

Lucky for me, I was parked very close to the event.... LOL.... i.e. I was inside the area which the road maintenance crews gated off. So I was allowed to make my way over the rubble pile and drive back to town, the usual way, as opposed to having to drive the Spray Lakes road to Hwy 40 and back around.

**SIGH** It's back to work tomorrow dang-it, for a busy, busy week. Fortunately, my days off more than make up for it!


Saturday, May 18, 2013

Best.... concert.... EVER....

Wow. If I were to die without having seen another live music performance, I would be okay with that. I'm dead serious. Ha ha - bad pun, sorry...

You see, last night, I went to the Fleetwood Mac concert in Calgary. That in itself could almost be "nuff said". But I need to elaborate, because they were freakin' incredible!

I have loved Stevie Nicks, and the rest of the crew as well, for as long as I can remember. "Dreams" was the song that initally hooked me, way back when... I must have been about ten years old when I first heard it... heard that voice... I think it was on their 'Rumours' album? That same summer, I bought one of their LP's at a garage sale and took it home and played it on my silly little Sony record player in my bedroom for hours on end. Truth be known, not much changed for me over the years. Any one of their albums/cassettes/CD's was the go-to music for parties, road trips, or just plain chilling out in my living room.

So imagine my delight, when I heard last fall that they were coming to a city near me! I didn't hesitate to scoop up a couple of front-row tickets and I'm telling you, they were worth every penny!!

I touched Lindsey's guitar!!
Watching him play 'Big Love', up close, was indescribable.

Stevie - she's still definitely got it!

Mick - energetic and crazy as ever!

Best concert EVER!

Lindsey Buckingham is an amazingly passionate musician, and talk about a talented guitar player... I was mesmerized by him the entire time! Stevie Nicks has about the most powerful, beautiful, unique voice in all of music history, and it sounded as fabulous last night, live, as it ever has. That gorgeous woman has not missed a beat. Mick Fleetwood.... he's crazy and has energy like you would not believe... he has GOT to be in the top ten drummers of all time - that man LOVES to play! And John McVie is of course just completely cool on the bass, always has been, always will be. Sadly, Christine was not touring with the group. I think I read somewhere that she has fully retired.

I had a most wickedly great evening, with one of my best friends, and it will be a show that resonates within me for quite some time. I loved it, loved every second of it! Yeah!! I am so darn fortunate!!

Me and one of my besties, IN THE FRONT ROW!


Sunday, May 12, 2013


Few things can beat spending a gorgeous day, climbing in the Rockies!

Can you guess what route we did?

Kirstin did all the leading....

....and I followed and was the belay bee-otch.... LOL!

Other parties were enjoying the day too!

Most excellent views!

It was so much fun - thanks Kirstin!

Yesterday, we climbed a wickedly fun multi-pitch route up the east side of Tunnel Mountain. Today, we wandered up to a crag along Carrot Creek. Wandered being a very loose term.... we bushwhacked a bit, and had a couple of interesting creek crossings.... but it was an awesome day and I loved going somewhere new!

We may or may not have been in a closed area?! Ooops!

Checking out the guidebook - mostly 11's and 12's!! Eeek!

Will was the ropegun! Yay Will!

Random tiny pinecone.

Back to the car in the rain....

The sun disappeared by about 3pm, and it started to sprinkle - perfect timing for the walk out. It didn't matter though, because the company was great and it was fabulous just to be outside.

It's back to the grind tomorrow for a few days, but next weekend, I'm hoping for more of the same! Did I mention yet today, how much I heart the mountains? Well I do! Yeah!


Friday, May 3, 2013


Dear Brent:


Two years have gone by, in what seems like the blink of an eye. You were with us.... and then you were not. Things changed forever, in a heartbeat.

I think you know this, but you are forever loved and are missed dearly, every day..... Your amazing aura and energy are felt everywhere, always. I know you are watching over us and are laughing and dancing with us, in spirit.

Shakakan Brother!! Shakakan.