Sunday, April 23, 2017

Chasing Auroras and the Milky Way

In the wee hours of Saturday morning, we headed out about 45 minutes south of Calgary to try our hand at some shots of the northern lights and the Milky Way. There was only a limited time window where we could get decent shots, so I didn't get very many keepers. But these three were among my faves.

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Spring Skiing and an Ugly Snowman

I'm hobbling around like a 75 year old today, after a hard day of riding at Lake Louise yesterday. It may 'officially' be spring, but one would hardly know it from the full day of snowfall on mountain. Terrain was hard to see in the flat light, but we still managed to ski 36km total distance, and 6.8km of total vertical.

Not to be outdone, it then snowed in Calgary today as well (that heavy wet snowball snow)... so of course we had to make an ugly snowman. See for yourself below.

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And because old man winter refuses to go away, it snowed again today.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Johnston Canyon

Anita and I went out for a short winter hike up Johnston Canyon today, and I finally found the 'secret' cave that I've seen so many photos of, but had never been to myself before. SUCCESS! This hike is uber touristy, but the icy wintery conditions keeps the crowds at bay, and the waterfalls are stunning when frozen. Just make sure you bring some ice cleats or spikes.

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The beautifully frozen lower falls.

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The stunning prow shaped rock, from inside the carved out 'cave'.

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View of the same rock, but from the trail above.

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Ice climbers making their way up the upper falls.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Jet Lag, and a Day in Hoi An

Welcome to Daylight Savings Time, AKA Jetlag City. Population: you and everyone you know except Saskatchewan. Yes, dear Saskatchewites, this is the one day of the year I envy you. Smile smugly, as you get your normal hours of sleep while the rest of the world wonders where they misplaced an hour.

I've managed to avoid polluting your social media feeds with my stench for 3 weeks, so I guess it's time to post a few photos. Allow me to transport you to beautiful Hoi An, a charming and character filled city in central Vietnam. We only had time for a short day trip here, but I enjoyed every minute of it, and would highly recommend a visit should you ever be in the country.

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At night, colourful lanterns adorn the beautiful shopfronts in the old historic quarter.

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Hoi An is known for its abundance of custom tailors.

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The bridge printed on the 20,000 VND note is here as well.

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This Banh Mi (Vietnamese Subs) shop was lined up out the block, but was well worth the wait.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Dear Stomach: I'm Sorry!

It appears that I need to pen a letter to my stomach anytime Kris and Nicole come down to visit. It's a short letter that basically reads, "Dear Stomach: I'm sorry!" Because, while we always go out and enjoy a day of sensory delights for our palates, the punishment to our stomachs afterwards is inexcusable. After our 8 hour food and drink odyssey yesterday, I went to bed and experienced what it must be like to try sleeping while 7 months pregnant, as I had incubated a rather active food baby in my tummy.

If you think I speak in hyperbole, here's what our itinerary between noon and 8pm looked like: 1) Brunch at Ten Foot Henry -> 2) Shakes and fries at Re:Grub -> 3) Beer Flights from the Cold Garden taproom -> 4) Hot Chocolates and 'pork wings' at PZA Parlour -> 5) Beer Flights from Banded Peak Brewing -> 6) All you can eat hot pot at Regency Palace. Aside from making our way from place to place, the only downtime we had in between was spent buying beer at Oak and Vine, and sodas and potato chips at Bite Groceteria.

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Kris and Nicole at Ten Foot Henry - the very reason my palate feels enriched, but my stomach feels destroyed this morning.

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Immediately upon finishing brunch, we walked here.

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For some delicious milkshakes.

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And some asiago truffle fries.

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Next up: Cold Garden taproom.

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Flights served with old sawed off skis.

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Pool noodle decor. It's eclectic, to say the least.

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The beautiful wooden bar, burned by electricity.

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PZA Parlour's signature concoction for YYC Hot Chocolate Fest. Nutella infused, pop rock rimmed glass, marshmallow foam, and topped with an Italian donut.

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The only appropriate thing to do with delicious pop rocks stuck on your glass.

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Delightful Pork 'wings' at PZA.

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The taproom at Banded Peak Brewing.

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More beer flights. Fun side note: You can get 1 litre cans of the craft brews here!

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And to cap off the glutton fest, we finished with some all you can eat hot pot at Regency Palace. I regret nothing.

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While not food related, we went out for a stroll to walk off a calorie or two from the day's events. This was the 'Nibbles' installation for the Glow Downtown Winter Lights Festival.

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