Just a single shot of sunset tonight bouncing across erratic clouds making waves of red over the city lights below :)
Cecil and I took a walk around West Bragg Creek today, neither of us was 100% (me with the after effects of bronchitis and Cecil with a lingering jet lag) so we opted for a nice 11km stroll on easy going. The hike was made through forested trails with very few views to be had but the company was good and the conversation easy as always, it made for a really enjoyable day. On the way in we saw a rather mangy looking moose and after the hike we stopped in at a small beaver lake close to the trailhead and spotted some colourful ducks. If you look at the image below you can see the beaver dam running right to left and the beaver holt in the middle of the lake, if you look closely you'll see a canada goose hunkered down on top of the holt on a nest. As we drove home we saw another much healthier moose in the forest and stopped for a few shots, then later found the same mangy moose as we had seen on the way in, still in the same spot 4 hours later. As always click any image in the gallery below for larger captioned versions.
It's hard to believe that it's been 2 weeks already and Mark, Hayley and Ethan are back in the UK texting us instead of talking to us. Our last week was as good as the first with trips to the mountains in fantastic weather the main focus. Picnics, river walks, shopping and 'adventures' were all enjoyed in the glorious sunshine. We cheered on the Calgary Flames (GO FLAMES GO) as they got through to the 2nd round of the playoffs but watching in future won't be half as good without Ethan sitting on my chair arm getting excited and Markie fetching the beers as required. There's no getting around it, when they go home we have to accept a few 'down' days until we settle back into normal mode :( As usual click gallery below for captioned images.
We count the months between visits to/from Mark, Hayley and Ethan and no matter what the number is, it is always too many. So it is fantastic to have them over in Canada this week and next with hot weather predicted for the entire visit . We have had a great first week with lots of football played, visits made, and shopping done as usual. The Calgary Flames ("GO FLAMES GO") have made the playoffs this year and Mark and Hayley are loving watching the games in the evening, I don't think the Flames will be going far but it's great to enjoy with them. To cap off a fantastic week, last night I ran upstairs at midnight to wake Mark up to watch the Aurora with me, it's hard to believe we got to share such an incredible event. Below is a captioned gallery showing some of this weeks fun, click any image for a larger captioned version.
Just about to go to bed last night and got an 'aurora alert' by email so I hung around a little longer to see the show...I'm glad I did, it was a fairly short but incredibly intense burst that was well worth another late night.
Cecil and I took a nice steady wander on level ground in the warm spring sunshine along Stoney Trail yesterday. The trailhead is is close to Kananaskis Village and is actually the same as the one for Troll Falls but it heads off to the north on a long rambling trail for 22km back to the Trans Canada Highway. Along the way are a number of beaver ponds, so Cecil and I made a 14km round trip to visit the ponds and grab some shots. Click gallery below for larger captioned shots.
The title here might suggest some sort of political movement but in Kananaskis it refers to a sharp mountain peak overlooking Kananaskis Village and a wonderful hike & short scramble to a fantastic viewpoint. A dusting of snow makes it all the more picturesque but the images don't show you temperature!! Click here for full hike report and pics.
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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