We completed sorting the house by Saturday evening as expected so Sarah could have a nice lay in on Sunday whilst I got up to watch live premiership football. After a nice steady morning we set off for Barrier Lake to have a walk around the short 6k circuit to the West of the dam. It was incredibly windy crossing the dam, almost blowing Sarah off her feet but once across the lake the trees protected us for the rest of the walk.
though if you look closely you can see Sarah's hair going sideways in this shot
it was a lovely little walk in the shadow of Mt Baldy, we would have stopped for a picnic but Sarah decided to eat the food before we even left the car park at the dam!
After 6k we are back at the lake as the cloud rolls in to cover the sun
it was still windy as hell across the dam but I managed to hold the camera steady to catch this shot of the ice falls created by melting snow water re-freezing as it drops out of the warming sun.
A really enjoyable little wander with Sarah, who was feeling her 'office legs' by the time we got home.
Our furniture arrived from the UK today, 3 great guys unpacked everything and built up the beds, wardrobes, office desk etc whilst I put the kitchen stuff in cupboards and clothes in wardrobes. They did a fantastic job and in about 3 hours we were virtually finished. (Sarah stayed at work until most of it was done ; )
There are still a few things floating around but we expect to be finished by tomorrow and enjoying a day in the mountains on Sunday.
We returned the rental car this evening, so everything is done, we are in the house all paperwork complete...at last our lives in Calgary can commence in 'normal' mode.
For those who have been waiting, I finally managed to get out and grab some shots of the city, it is only a small area of downtown and a popular park but it does at least give an idea of Calgary as a city, I'm sure more will follow in time. Click here to see all of the Calgary City shots.
I managed to get out again today after the cold snap ended, but the conditions on the day caused me to cut short the hike, it was still an enjoyable 10k and the little 'Whiskey Jacks' made my day by eating out of my hand.
To see the hike in full click here
We had a fantastic dinner in the Calgary Tower this evening, really great quality food and wine. Obviously there is a premium to be paid for enjoying the views of the city from a 360 degree rotating restaurant, but we both felt it was worth it. Below is a short video taken from the glass floor in the observation deck area before dinner.
Another job completed today when we picked up the new SUV's from Stadium Nissan, a really nice Murano with more gizmo's on-board than will ever be used, for Sarah.....
and an X-Terra "man-truck" for me to explore the mountains in. Now all we need is to get the TV/Internet in the new house and the furniture to finally arrive from home and we are done. It's been a good start so far with few real issues, lets hope it stays that way.
I awoke this morning to the sound of sirens in the street below, not just one, dozens. It seems the Condo block across the street has a fire in the car park beneath the building (or it looks that way) the 5 lane highway is reduced to one and chaos ensues. 3 different TV crews are parked on the side-walks filming and it looks like a big deal.
I immediately called Mark to share the chaos with him, we used face time so he could see the going's on. After the call I went off to clear the drive at the house (yeah, snow shovelling is my new pastime) I spent some time there and had a cuppa on the balcony in the cool -25 temps.
When I returned to the Condo a couple of hours later I was surprised to see the fire crews still outside so snapped some photo's.
The fire chief was keeping the press informed...
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18:00 hrs and still going on!
Yesterday we walked by the Bow river in Calgary, It had a little ice in the margins but otherwise was flowing nicely. Today less than 24 hours later it looks like this! Any excuse for Sarah to get her new gear on an test it against -18 degrees. I have to add that with wind chill we could actually feel the cold on our eyeballs!!
Sarah and I got to go to a corporate box at the Calgary flames Ice Hockey game tonight in the Saddle Dome. We met some great people and had a fantastic time. The flames lost 3-1 to the LA Kings who had the demon keeper from hell in goal or maybe we were bad luck for them : (
We would both love to go back again sometime(s) I'm sure we will, otherwise what the hell will I do with my shirt!
I managed to escape the city again and hike a lovely spot close to my last wander, hard going and a lot of falling over resulted in some pretty nice photos, click here to see the result.
We arrived in Calgary, Canada on 29th December 2011 to continue our journey. This blog is intended to keep our family and friends informed whilst we explore Canada.You can use the RSS feed below to stay updated.
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