Sunday, 31 August 2014

Boys Trip / Girls Trip

Ken drove Steven down to BYU Provo last week. I told Ken when he got home that for years I have feared when he has walked out the door with Steven that he wouldn't bring my boy home to me. Well, it finally happened. 

The drive got a little exciting when a fire started under the hood of the Range Rover! They just put it out, and continued on - luckily without incident. Another fine example of British Engineering . . . 

Ken did take a couple of photos for me of Steven's dorm.

(Steven's bed is on the left.)


Carmen, Chloe and I drove to Waterton to go camping for a few days. What was I going to do, stay home and cry? This bear crossed the highway in front of us before we even entered the park! I thought it was a good sign for more bear sightings to come, but he was the only one we saw.

I really wanted to go hiking, so we hiked up to Bertha Lake. The trailhead is almost next to the Waterton campground, so it seemed like the easiest thing to do. Well, it was a little challenging once we got above the falls, but the scariest part was later that day when we found out there had been a cougar attack on that trail the day before. Yikes.

We almost missed Red Rock Canyon because we sat and chatted nearly the whole afternoon away at Remington's cabin.

Paddle boating at Cameron Lake. This spot is a jewel because it is very much like Bertha Lake, Wall Lake (which I biked to with Noelle and Wyatt), and all the other upper alpine lakes, but you can drive right up.

And for Carmen and Chloe a trip to Waterton isn't complete without the Surrey Bikes. 

We've never camped right in Waterton before, but I think we will do it again. Though we tented, we did eat out for lunches and dinners - our version of *glamping*.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Peyto Lake

We wanted to go for a hike on the August long weekend, but we didn't know where. I had hoped to try Ribbon Falls, which unfortunately is still closed due to flood damage from last year, so we couldn't do that. Our decesion making came down to the night before when Steven saw a picture of Peyto Lake on Poler Stuff Instagram.

To make the hike perfect, Steven wanted to bring Flex. I think Ken and I were both concerned about the drive more than the hike with the dog, 

but he did great with both.

The best pictures of Peyto Lake are from a vantage point above: Bow Summit. 

Chloe found a rock nest up there.

I liked the Inuksuk's.

Ken and I covering the nose of the lake.

What does the fox say?

We will miss Steve in the fall, and he will miss the dog.


Chloe from her vantage point.

(And I just have to say as I write this post: What am I doing sitting on the couch right now?)

Thursday, 24 July 2014

24 Hours of Adrenaline

Okay, I'm going to spoil the ending here rather than try to repositon the photos in this post: Steven and a few of his friends took 3rd place for their age group (U25) at 24 Hours of Adrenaline on the weekend!  I just love this podium picture because it really says it all: first and second place went to organized X-country racing teams, and 3rd place went to some boys that just came out for fun - a last minute decision when a team spot came available a few weeks ago.

FYI: How the race works is that only one member of the team can be out doing a lap at a time, and over a period of 24 hours someone from the team is riding, with the team aiming for the most laps at the fastest pace.

Both day and night. 

The loosely organized team and a couple of their friends who came out to support.

And another look at the boys with their glass trophies. They won't be jumping on the X-country race circuit, though. (Back to work for my kid, anyhow.)

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Brown-Lowery Provincial Park

This place is less than 30 minutes from my house and until last week I did not know it existed!

I had planned on hiking with Chloe on Tuesday, and when it turned out that Mark, Monte, and Camille could join us I started researching for a hike that would work for Monte (on Mark's shoulders here, but he did hike the first couple of kilometres himself).

I was so happy to find something close - I'd rather spend most of my day hiking than most of my day driving to and from the hike. We even had a bit of a peak called Eagle's View.

Chloe brought her binoculars.

The second half of the hike was far easier than the first. All downhill on a shaded path, which we deserved after some surprisingly steep uphill in the middle. I'd like to do more hiking this summer, but I don't think I'll find another treasure like this one in my own backyard.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Falcons Basketball

The best thing Carmen did this spring was tryout for and make the Falcons Club U15 basketball team:

Her team wrapped it up last week with a team camp in Spokane, WA. Here's what her coach wrote after they got home:

I just wanted to send a brief note today thank you for allowing your daughters to share in what turned out to be a most amazing week of basketball and team.  I don't believe that I have ever seen a group of athletes come closer together and grow further than our girls did last week and for that I am extremely grateful.

My favourite part has to be the fact that our girls decided early on that they were not going to worry about what anyone else at camp was doing a and they were going to make the most of their experience.  The team cheer-can I get a hey ya- and the team effort for each other and against the other team no matter what was truly something it takes some groups years to learn. When we decide that it doesn't mater what others think we can truly be free to achieve. This shows in the skills and attitudes our girls developed last week. There wasn't a girl who doesn't have something new in their game coming home.  

My biggest hope, expressed to them as we returned home yesterday is that the lessons learned last week stay with our gang. Find a passion, work hard, and enjoy what you do. Love your friends and keep them close.Share your knowledge with others,  the next team, the next group of friends, new experiences.  My job will be to make sure that when we come back together that we progress, and build on what we learned this spring.  I will be watching this upcoming year, and helping to remember.  I hope the rest of us help to remind as well.


The truth is that Coach Dave is a masterful girls basketball coach. He is a father to girls, he gets girls, and he puts the kids first, which never compromises the basketball. I hope Carmen gets to wear #5 for years to come.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Chloe's Birthday

Chloe went and turned 13 a week and a half ago! She celebrated 4 times as far as I can figure:

With a few friends for a hot dog roast and an outdoor movie night.

On Sunday with the family that was around and in town.

She did not manage to blow all those candles out!

And on her actual birthday she and I went on a picnic to Elbow Falls,

Followed by dinner out with the rest of the family with gifts opened at the restaurant because that was the only time we were together and awake at the same time!

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

EFY and Home

Carmen had a wonderful time at EFY, and she got a lot out of it.

Here's her group: Katelyn, Emma, Annie, Savannah, Carmen, Avery. They had the best time together, both serious and silly.

They wrote a song together:

We all came to EFY,
Hoping that we'd meet some really hot guys.
Sadly, they're not in our company,
So we're singing this melody.

We united in the dorm rooms on the 7th floor,
By next week we know we're gonna want some more.

We drowned our sorrows in Jamba Juice,
After all the counsellors set us loose.
Played 'DIGITS', and we called them all,
Kinda awkward, but we had a ball.

We united in the dorm rooms on the 7th floor,
By next week we know we're gonna want some more.

We picked Carmen up 7am on Saturday morning and hit the road. The air conditioning went on the blink between Las Vegas and St. George, so we drove with the windows down for awhile, and then it kicked back in. Ken likes to refer to this phenomenon in his Range Rover as British Engineering. But we survived! The road home is never quite as much fun as the road to a holiday - but the upside is that the road home tends to be a little quieter.