No prizes for guessing where we are this week, the image below says it all. Some time with Mark, Hayley and Ethan was long overdue and work commitments meant a trip home would be self financing, it was an easy decision. We booked a couple of rooms in a hotel beside Hyde Park and spent some real quality time with family at last.
We made the whirlwind tour of London tourist locations and had a fantastic time. My gallery below isn't made up of family shots though it really could be (perhaps I'll add a 'family in London' page to the website when time allows) The gallery is a huge collection of London scenes I shot whilst wandering around (mostly so I can look over them again when I'm back in Calgary and feeling homesick) as always, click one and scroll away.
With our friends Arlene and Cecil visiting for a few days we thought it would be great to show them our favourite place, Kananaskis Lakes. The weather was beautiful as we made our way through the snow capped peaks, we spent a few hours wandering the shore and then turned to head back to the car park, out of nowhere a massive grizzly came strolling along onto the frozen lake and walked around us stopping only for a glance.
Arlene and Cecil almost flew back to Kuala Lumpur without a plane but were reassured (well a little at least) when I told them I had bear spray and bangers with me. Though we were quite a way off the beast, the 300mm lens allowed me to catch some reasonable shots of that magnificent creature even at that distance, check out the gallery below to see the shots of the day.
After a couple of really warm days I thought I'd go down to the South Ghost Wilderness and see if the snow had melted sufficiently for a nice hike to Black Rock Mountain (after all there was almost no snow at Mockingbird Lookout last week) I should have known better..... But after traversing the long and laborious road that leads to the parking area at the top of the 'Big Hill' I decided to go for a wander anyway, I only made 8 km through some hellish snow in places but it was great fun and really enjoyable without over working myself and I got some lovely shots of the surrounding mountains. Click a smaller image below for gallery with captions.
We love the springtime in Calgary, the colour is returning to the foliage and at last you can see the ground beneath your feet again, birds are tweeting and thoughts are turning to long hikes over the beautiful bristling mountains just west of the city. You can put the winter coat away at last and take nice evening strolls around the neighbourhood in your 'T' shirt, it is just ...................oh....yeah, I almost forgot the other side of springtime in Calgary.....where's that winter coat.
I set out today to beat the weather with a short local hike to Mockingbird Fire Lookout, I arrived just as the place was being opened up for the season. Click here to read the full hike report and see more 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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