Thursday, April 13, 2017

Spring Pow!

Last weekend was filled with powder and ink.... what a combination! It started on Saturday, when Chris and I were second in line at the ski lift after a night of intense snowfall.

Beauty day of spring skiing!

I think EVERYBODY felt like this, after ripping
through knee-deep powder all morning!
It was hard to keep the grins off of our faces, because the snow was unreal. Needless to say, we left the hill completely pooped out after a hard day of playing in the pow.

Sunday was much more mellow. My friend Gillian joined us for a leisurely stomp through the woods up to the Ink Pots. We opted for the Moose Meadows route in order to avoid the usual Johnston Canyon crowds, which turned out to be a great choice.

Overall, the weekend was a fantastic mix of serious exercise and enjoyable outdoor time!

I'm afraid there won't be too many ski days left, however that just means that there will be more hiking, biking, and golfing days to come! Speaking of which.... in just 20 more sleeps, we are heading to BC to do exactly that - we are going to ride the Kettle Valley Railway and do some golfing around Kelowna - yippee!! Can't wait!!


Hiking - Ink Pots
Time (car to car): 4 hours
Distance: 12km
Elevation gain: 230m

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Things that go BOOM!

Early season 'hiking' is always interesting.... Should a person take snowshoes? Maybe even skis? Should you take a chance that the trail can be done in boots?? Late March / early April outings are always a bit of a gamble, and last weekend the dice rolled in our favor - my bestest friend Toni joined me for the weekend out in Canmore and we wandered up to the always beautiful Boom Lake.

Just a bit of snow!

An absolutely gorgeous day with my BFF!

We opted to forego the snowshoes.

Stay ON the trail... the snow was pretty deep!

We made it!

Lovely, wintery, Boom Lake

The snowy adventure took us across the border into British Columbia, and the whole day was awesome - stellar weather, fantastic scenery, with one of my favorite peeps. It doesn't get much better than that!


Hiking - Boom Lake
Time (car to car): 3 hours
Distance: 11km
Elevation gain: 200m

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Forty Days and Forty Nights

Tsk. Forty or so days have gone by since my last post... Sorry people! It has been an eventful forty days though, so does that excuse my slackness??

Where to start. Well, how 'bout with the fun stuff! I've been to Canmore a few times, in between celebrating friends' birthdays and retirements. And although I haven't been on skis yet (*GASP*), I have been doing lots of other important, exciting things such as visiting, and hiking, and biking, and snowshoeing.



Thanks Gillian and Brady!

Many changes have taken place in my world this past forty days - some positive, and some challenging. I moved into a new role at work, which is incredibly stimulating but at the same time has required yet another shift up in my brain gears. A great friend and co-worker folded up his Engineering degree and has opted to travel the world. I've become a landlord for the first time in my life. And another first - I now have a garage for the 4-Runner! The garage came with a lovely townhouse of course, which is a whole other story.... LOL....

So yeah, in my books, these last six weeks have been a bit of a blur. But it's all good and for sure there have been very few dull moments!

Found this 'fortune' in the drawer
of my new desk! Awesome!!

Miss you Ben! We wish you all the best!

The latest toy!

My body and my soul have both been taking a beating over the past while, so some serious restorative measures are in order. To start with, I bought myself a gym membership and a fat-tire bike, plus I'm going to start tracking my 'mileage' again, on the trails via two feet and on two wheels. As well, I'm researching traveling to a couple of my long sought after destinations - I have many weeks of vacation entitlement this year, and I am planning on using every last hour of it!

As it stands, I can't 100% say for sure what the rest of 2017 has in store for me, but I'm fairly certain it will be somewhere in the range of absolutely fantastic to unbelievably amazing, if that is what I choose!


Wait for it....  :)

Snowshoe - Barrier Lake Lookout
Time (car to car): 4-1/2 hours
Distance: 11km
Elevation gain: 615m

Hiking - Grassi Lakes
Time (car to car): 1-1/2 hours
Distance: 4km
Elevation gain: 225m

Pedal (Fat Tire) - Red Deer Trails
Time: 2 times @ 75 mins each
Distance: 2 times @ 12km each

Monday, February 6, 2017

The Black Cat Diaries

So let's suffice it to say that I'm more of a 'dog person' than a 'cat person'.... my Sister can attest to that, right Heathe!? Cats are aloof and exude that "I am the centre of the universe" kind of aura. They constantly regard you as if they are thinking "Human, you serve no purpose, but I am in the room now! Pay attention!" Egad. And I probably don't have to tell you that I wouldn't select a cat as a pet by choice. But, things in life don't always go.... as planned.... Hence, I am co-habitating with a small black feline.

Introducing Miss Kitty

One of Chris's daughters got a kitten a few months back, and changing circumstances in her world recently meant that the cat ended up in need of a place to rule.... ahem, I mean live. And that's how we ended up with Miss Kitty.

Ummm.... Comfy??

Not exactly a cuddler, but she likes to be where the people are.

Common napping spot.... Huh??

She definitely has a personality, and while she isn't super affectionate, she sure does not like to be alone. No matter where you are in the house, the tiny ninja seems to be lurking somewhere close by.

I will admit, that short of her razor-like claws (which shred something of value on a daily basis! d'oh!) and her needle-sharp teeth (which have punctured more than one hand!), this silky, quirky, golden-eyed critter is rapidly becoming a fixture around the house that would probably be missed.

Chillin' with the villain.

Yes that is TIN FOIL covering the kitchen
chair seats! Miss Kitty sunk her claws
DEEP into one of them... ouch....

Anyway. For now, we have a cat, so I am trying to make the best of it. At least we aren't in any danger of mice!? Woot!


Saturday, January 28, 2017


January is almost over! How... has... that... happened?? Oy. I swear, the older I'm getting, the faster that time is blasting by. Jeeesh!

It's probably easiest if I describe the past few weeks in pictures. Sadly, we haven't been out skiing yet, but we have been doing some other pretty fun things.... like hiking, and partying....

Beautiful view of Cascade Mountain.

It was a cool stroll along Policeman's Creek!

Nature's artwork!

We ended a super chilly afternoon walk in
Canmore with some beverages.... Yum!

Speaking of the years flying by.... I recently celebrated my 15 year work anniversary with Nova Chemicals. A week ago Friday was the Long Service Award banquet, which honored those of us with milestones of 5 years of service all the way up to 35 years of service! The evening was a first-class event, and I pinch myself every day as a reminder that I am incredibly fortunate to be employed by such an awesome company.

Top shelf affair!

My fabulous co-workers!

More great work peeps!

Such a fantastic night!
2017 is well on its way, and so far it is shaping up to be an exciting year!