A Few Days Out of the Car...Yay!
16.07.2011 - 18.07.2011 18 °C
We rolled into Calgary on Saturday evening after a short 511km drive from Swift Current, SK. Our friend, Shelley, was waiting for us to arrive at her house on the western edge of Calgary and we were happily anticipating a two-night stop at her beautiful house. We navigated our way through the city and, I'm sure, looked like Cheech and Chong spilling out of our van...however, instead of smoke billowing behind us it was coffee cups, chip bags, apple cores, banana peels, water bottles and more crumbs than I would care to imagine!
We had already decided on our usual Saturday night dinner of barbecued steak, baked potatoes, grilled tomatoes and Portabello mushrooms, so Shelley and I immediately headed out to provision for our feast. After a wonderful home-cooked meal, wonderful conversation catching up with Shelley and lots of bouncing on the trampoline, we settled down in our various beds for some well-deserved rest.
We awakened Sunday morning to a cloudless sky and an absolutely stunning view of the Rocky Mountains. After a very lazy morning, the five of us navigated our way downtown to partake in the final day of the Calgary Stampede. We were among the minority in the Stampede Park as we were not wearing cowboy hats, cowboy boots or (the newest fashion trend) Daisy Duke shorts (God forbid!!!) We spent a fabulous afternoon doing all the tourist-y things; ate junk food, saw a horse trick-riding show, went on rides, toured an army tank, pet some animals, came face-to-face with a 1000 pound bull and baked in the hot sun. To end off the day, we danced, sang and smiled as Marianas Trench closed the Stampede at an outdoor concert. They played some of the kids favourite songs and Max was absolutely delighted! It was 11:30 by the time we rolled back into Shelley's and, needless to say, the kids were absolutely exhausted (as were we!)
I am, as usual, the first one up and am savouring my alone time. It is another beautiful day and, as I write, I am looking out at the mountains in complete awe. We will be moving to a hotel this afternoon for a three-night stay as Simon has two days of work tomorrow and Wednesday. The kids are very excited about a pool with a waterslide!
I am planning on taking the kids to do some dinosaur excavating tomorrow at Drumheller (or Dinosaur Valley) while Simon is working...more to come on that.
We are still trying to figure out how to get our pictures organized by date on our site but will solve that soon...happy Monday!