Another reason to love Calgary. Check out this forecast. Rain and plus 5c changing to an evening thunderstorm with plus 3c. Then to complete the trifecta, we have snow overnight and minus 5c. Don’t see that every day.
Category Archives: Alberta
Discovered this park in the centre of Calgary and will share a few photos. A beautiful walk in an area surrounded by a million people.
After a rather lengthy hiatus, it is time to get back on the beat. Took a few months off to concentrate on some other things. Had some fun, picked up on skiing again, made some decisions on the future and started to move forward on those plans. One of those plans included a new vehicle, one that can pull a boat or a trailer. Mission accomplished. No trailer or boat, yet, but a very nice, sparkling new Nissan Pathfinder. We intend to make use of it this summer while we work out the next part of our plans.
Making use of it will create a new offering, Travelling Alberta (or Saskatchewan, BC or wherever we end up). The first instalment, a trip to Vulcan, Alberta. Vulcan is a town of 2,000 people, 130 km south-east of Calgary on Hwy 23. Why Vulcan. Let’s think Star Trek. Yes, little Vulcan has one the best Star Trek museums around. Forgot to take a picture of the museum,, no snow the day we were there. The name of this gem, the Vulcan Tourism and Trek Centre.
Inside are many treasures, many donated by past cast members of the various franchises. The town holds an annual event “Spock Days” which highlights appearances by various cast members. This year’s event goes from June 13 to June 15, 2014 and features Nana Visitor (Major Kira Nerys on Deep Space Nine) and Rene Auberjonois (Odo on Deep Space Nine). Tickets for the event are available at this link. A nice road trip for a shakedown cruise. We did manage to remember to take a few pictures.
Something new, a review. Lori and I were in Banff, Alberta over Christmas. We went for dinner at a place we have frequented in the past, “The Grizzly House”, situated at 207 Banff Ave in the beautiful mountain resort town of Banff.
We have been here a few times in the past, mostly based on our first time there, which was a very entertaining evening. A rowdy crowd, with a local phone system that allows you to call the other tables. Booze, phones and a rowdy atmosphere = great fun.
This time, we were a bit disappointed. Still, a very fun place, just that we noticed some things we had never really paid attention to before. First, the decor. The place needs a makeover. Very old-looking and approaching run down??
The tables, chairs and decorating are very same old. A first time diner might like it, but we are past that. Another view.
Very dark, and not just the lighting.
The food is still passable and the wine list is good. The menu is basically fondue. They drop a granite slab on your table, heated to 600 degrees and you cook your meal. Again, fun. The issue to us on this particular evening was the aura created by tables and tables of years and years of people cooking like this, in an enclosed place. Honestly, the place needs a major airing out. It took a week for the smell to leave our jackets, and I’m only assuming it has, as perhaps we are just not smelling it anymore.
As a reviewer, I must close with the review. The food, 3 of 5 stars. Nothing spectacular and kind of pricey. We enjoyed it, just wasn’t top-notch. The wine list was pretty good, and reasonably priced. The setting, maybe 2 of 5. Renovations and renewal could revitalize the operation. The atmosphere, I would still rate as 4 of 5. It is still a fun place to go, especially with a group. If you are dining as a couple, I highly suggest going elsewhere.
I took this shot many years ago (1991?) and is taken looking down into the canyon from the decking that goes through and around the site. Very impressive place, but only one of many in the park. On a personal level, Jasper is Banff without the crowds. In comparison, it is far more natural and focused on preservation. There is a great ski hill (Marmot Basin), and the standard resort amenities, but has unique charm that I enjoy when we visit.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t on this day trip (had to work), but Lori was, along with her brothers and Cec. They caught Mama Bear and Baby Bear on the side of the road at Waterton Lake National Park. Nice shot.
This week we have “Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways”. An interesting concept. With digital cameras, most pictures we take are multiple shots of the same vista, done in different ways. This makes it very hard to come up with the perfect set. We’ll give it a go though.
I took these shots at Waterton Lake, Alberta in Canada. They are of a 1920’s vintage railway hotel known as the Prince Of Wales Hotel. Quite a stunning site. Waterton is part of the Canadian National Park System. It straddles the Canada-USA border and borders Glacier National Park in Montana. It was created in 1895m as Canada’s 4th national park. It was October when we were there and it was not a classic weekend weatherwise. Added to the photos though.
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You may remember my post on the Skaters of Seville, if not it is here. There was another reason for our interest (insert parental pride here). That is the talents of our sons as aggressive roller-blading. Basically, like doing skateboard type tricks, but on roller blades. I bring this up as our youngest popped a video on Facebook which made think of, first, Seville, and second, how good he is on his skates. Take a moment and watch the video.
Pretty cool. Wish I was still agile enough to do that.
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