With the family visit drawing to a close this week we had a steady day down in the elbow valley at Beaver Flats where we explored the beaver holt and new deep ponds created by their hard work. We didn't see the residents of the holt but did see ducks, a dipper and a little later a kingfisher. We ended the day with a nice indian meal in our excellent local restaurant, it's been a great two weeks and the house will seem empty again tomorrow night when Neil, Paula and Adam head home.
Cold feet is a repeating theme of late, this time it was in Kananaskis Lake. Neil, Paula and Adam were looking forward to revisiting this beautiful spot and promising to take a swim in the cold clear waters of the lake.....promises, promises. After stopping en route to photograph a young grizzly at the roadside we arrived at the lake in the best of weather and hiked along the north shore to a small rocky beach. Neil, Adam and I entered the water to swim but only one of us actually did.....I believe I was duped!!
We had a fantastic day by the water but the highlight was seeing that little grizzly by the roadside, made better by the fact that Neil got a couple of really good shots of it, one of which is included in the gallery below
With family over here for a couple of weeks we were happy to return to some of our most loved locations to share the beauty of the rockies with them. Neil, Paula and Adam have been once before in 2013 when the floods had caused havoc with access to the Elbow Valley at both ends. This time we were able to rectify that with a trip to Elbow Lake and Desolation Flat one day and to the Elbow Valley campground on another. Below are a few shot from those two trips, the main shot is Elbow Lake with Elpoca Mountain towering above, the gallery beneath has captions of its own.
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.
A short visit to the UK to see a new addition to the family and an opportunity to have a lovely day out with Mark, Hayley and Ethan at a local country estate where ducks, conkers and tree climbing provided a fine adventure for Ethan (and maybe his dad and grandad too) Click here for full story and more photos.
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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