Thursday, December 31, 2009

Grant Narrows Regional Park - Nature Dyke Trail

December 29th, 2009

The trail begins beside the Riverside Grill. It's an easy flat trail for young and old. We brought hot chocolate and some snacks and enjoyed the nature.... 

A busy beaver ...........

.... working hard.

Must be female.

They stopped here for a light snack.

Looks like the males saved up enough Canadian Tire money and bought themselves a chain saw. 

Then off to bed..... exhausted.

The trail and view from the beaver's balcony. Luxury living at it's best.

View from the 2nd bedroom window.

To see a few videos.... see the You Tube side bar.....

It was nice adventure.... I smelled good stuff.... large rodent... eats tree.... I am smarter than rodent... I play with sticks... I do not eat them.... well...... I crunch them into little tiny bits.... but I do not swallow. I love my pack ape puppies.... they throw sticks for me... but pack leader does not want me to fetch them.... they throw sticks in water for me and the sticks slide on shiny stuff.... ICE... new word for me.... Pack leader says ICE too cold... He was right... Hard and cold... I do not like ICE.I love pack leader.... He takes care of me. 

I love to run.... Back and forth between pack lady and pack leader....

Yoda (feline pack leader) says I am a big stupid... for running back and forth when my pack calls me.... He says I am their amusement... I do not know what that is.... I will show him... I will not come when he calls me... BARK!


by Alora

1) Thicker ice for walking and skating on
2) Would have been nice if the beaver was awake... He didn't invite us for a cup of tea in his new house. Like to stay in the Beaver Hotel.
3) More Hot Chocolate

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Golden Ears Provincial Park - Lower Falls Trail

Christmas Day 2009

We were going to spend the day playing in the snow and tobogganing in Hemlock Valley but... we played with our new Wii game instead.... actually... for most of Christmas morning. So driving far was not an option.
 My daughter Nina, loves to sleep in.... this is the child I had to wake up to feed as a baby, but when Christmas morning came this year she was up really early.
"It's 4 am Kalina!" Alora groaned after she had been poked by her darling sis.
"Let's go open the stockings." Nina whispered, urging her sister to wake.
"When it's 6... I'll get out of bed."
Now you have to understand..... for 364 days of the year.... it's Alora urging Kalina out of bed. The child isn't even a teenager yet and she loves to sleep till noon on Saturday's (note to self: Nina needs incentives to get out of bed).
The girls were getting tired by 11 am.... so, when the 5th argument broke out, as to what game should be played.... well.... it was time to get some fresh air.

My Techie.... following directions on how to attach  the Wii to our 32' 1989 Sears TV.  Who needs wide screen? We don't watch TV much.

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"We haven't been to Golden Ears in a while?" I said to my spouse. Within a half of an hour, we were dressed, had a picnic packed and out the door.
Golden Ears Provincial Park web pages

Here's what the Park's web site says:

Lower Falls Trail: Gold Creek parking lot to Lower Falls. Hiking trail only (2.7 kilometres; suggested time: 1 hour; elevation change: minimal). A very popular, easy walk along Gold Creek to the 10-metre high Lower Falls. A beach area halfway to the falls is a good spot for a picnic or a sunbathe. Some of the best scenery in the park is visible just beyond.

It's all true. It's such a nice trail. Easy walk. Quiet. Peaceful. Serene.... if you are alone. (insert happy face here).

There is lots of mud... at this time of the year.. so wear good boots. Enjoy the fresh air!

                                                                             DOG'S BLOG

jdsgfjlaiusy;skhbvc.kj.(It's hard to type when you don't have fingers. My pack lady will write for me).
 It was a lovely afternoon jaunt. (Pack Lady... What is jaunt? I went for walk). I needed walk after an indoor morning. They forgot to take me for my morning walk. I didn't say anything... because I'm a good girl. My name is Angel after all.....  They forgot to bring my ball on the hike (I was put out. I forgave them). I found wonderful smelling sticks. The bouquets (what's bouquets? smells?... I only know 25 words... so Pack Lady is helpful) of hemlock, pine, maple vines and cedar with a splash of soft messages from my cousins and bigger animals and smaller animals. It was wonderful to be in the outdoors. Pack Leader didn't throw sticks.... I brought for him..... I brought him many different kinds too. None of them, was satisfying him.
 The ground was soft and mushy... it squished between my paws.. I don't like dirty paws. I am not a dirty girl... I am an Angel. I ate many books when I was growing up... I am smart. I loved Caesar Milan's book... It was very good... Like me... I am very good... Pack Leader tells me I am mostly good dog. He gives me hamburgers. I love pack leader. I love the forest. I love sticks. I love balls... They didn't bring my ball. I forgave them. SQUIRREL? Got to go!

Nina's Pic's

How to Improve the Adventure
by Alora
1)hot tub(waters too cold)
2)automated moving walkway(gets tiring)
3)stable where you can rent horses to go on a trail ride
4)snack shop where you can get food for free!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Calgary Road Trip - The Circus is in Town


Aug 31st to Sept 05th 2009

 "The adventure begins....... Three sisters take their four kids on a journey of a life time. A special time of adventure bringing the sisters together through chaos, frustrations, laughter and fun. Join us on our memorable venture east through the rockies of British Columbia and into the badlands of Alberta. Share the crazy tour with these three heroines as they drive from Maple Ridge to Calgary.".......

We had a few days before school started and wanted a little adventure before the bustle of September began.
"So what are your plans for this week?" Tasha asked.
" I have a feeling we need to go visit Tante Cobie in Calgary. Want to come?" That's how this crazy tour started.
 3 am on the 31st of Aug we slowly slipped quietly into the night in Tasha's 7 passenger Toyota mini van. Actually, I misspeak, it wasn't that quiet, the kids were excited. Not 5 minutes earlier they were sound asleep now they were singing, "Everybody Dance Now!" They were wired from Maple Ridge to Golden. If only they could drive... 

"So do you need a coffee now or can you hold off till Mission?" I asked as I pulled out of the driveway. 
"Do you think we can make it to Chilliwack for a Timmy's?" Bina asked hoping that fewer stops might settle the kids down. She IS the sister that does not have children yet. 
 It was my fault that we didn't get coffee until 3 hours later in Merit. I find it quite illogical that there is no Tim Hortons in Hope. In fact nothing is open in Hope at 5am. 

5:05 am..... adults are in desperate need of coffee....!

"I have to go PEE!" Tante Bina cried out from the back seat, as I looped around Hope for the 2nd time, desperately looking for an open coffee shop.

"We have to go too!" 2 kids called out. Nothing open. I stopped the car in front of a large billboard just before heading back onto the highway. Who should cross our path at 5 am on a dark road at the outskirts of town? A police officer. There was Tante Bina and the kids, lined up beside the van with their pants down to their ankles.
 "Everything okay ma'am?" He asked politely.
"Just a pee break sir." I replied with a smile.
"Okay then.... sorry to interrupt." Two kids came out from behind the van, and stood at my side. He asked them a few questions.... I guess, to make sure I wasn't a kidnapper. Then off he drove into the night.
Kids were fired up now after a little fresh air.
"Everybody dance now!" my nephew sang from the back seat.
"Lukas!" Alora cried out,"You are disgusting!" my 11 year old leaned towards her sister appalled at her cousin's doings. Tasha looked back at her son, and rolled her eyes... nothing new or out of the ordinary for a 7 year old boy.

"Boys are so gross." Kalina stated.

"Boys are gross till they're 40." Bina replied.  

6:30 am we arrived in Merit. 
 "Where's the Timmy's?." Tasha barked. "Don't you dare pass the Timmy's!" 
"What.... you can 't make it to Kamloops?" I chuckled. Then I saw the evil eye in the rear view mirror and I knew there would be dire consequences for me if I did not stop the car A.S.A.P.
 "Everybody Dance now!" 4 year old Elena sang, when we finally pulled into the Timmy's.
Finally our well deserved summun Bonum...... Coffee! 

We decided to head toward Kelowna... we were in no rush... 
"We get there when we get there." I thought to myself. Bina took over the driving, so I tried to take a little nap. 
"You took my book!" 
"No I didn't!"
"Well, I was reading it!"
"No you weren't!"
"Yes I was!"
"How come it was on the ground then!"
So much for my nap. After resolving the conflict between my daughters, I put on my head phones and listened to music and tried to take a nap. No matter how loud I put the volume up, without breaking my ear drums, I could still hear the kids.
"They've been up since 3 am. When are they going to sleep?" It was 10:30 am now and we were close to Kalamalka Lake. Bina was surprised at how much energy they had after 7 hours of driving.
"They're like the energizer bunny." she laughed, "Are you sure they didn't have any coffee or chocolate covered coffee beens?...... They didn't share a Red Bull?... did they?" Her voice held a hint of  panic.

 We stopped at the lake and let our restless little offsprings, release some of that energy, in the hopes they would be quiet for the rest of the afternoon.... well... at least till Salmon Arm.

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The landscape was hazy, due to the summer fires in the area.


Things cleared up in the Rockies.

We stopped in Revelstoke for a late lunch and then on towards 
"I don't think we're going to make it to Calgary tonight." Bina sighed 
It was 6:30 p.m. and those youngsters were still in party mode. 
We stopped at the Sportsman Lodge Inn in Golden.... Those hard 
nosed kids were relentless with us.... they needed a water slide 
and insisted urgently that we... the adults.... supply them with one.... 
Lucky for them, this was the cheapest Hotel in town.

The kids were willing to 
sleep in the tee pee over night. 
We vetoed that idea....We sisters, have been up since 3 am too...   
You know....

Sportsman Lodge web site

After a few moments underneath the quiet waters of the pool. I was able to find my Zen, and I could tackle the brutes once more.
We stopped in Banff for a little tour. Spent time at the playground for the munchkins and ran around a bit.

We stopped by the Buffalo Fort Museum, that's next door to the play ground and picnic area.
" You know kids," Tasha began, "if we take a boat down Bow River, we will pass by Tante Cobie's house?"
"Let's take a boat instead!" Lukas urged. The kids didn't want to get back in the car. I think they were even ready to swim it, had the water not been icy cold. 

Banff web site

The kids were starting to mellow by the time we hit the foot hills of Alberta. Some even slept a little.
"Here we are." Sabrina called out to Tante Cobie as the 7 of us clambered out of the van. "The Circus is in town!" I have a feeling Tante Bina is reconsidering having children of her own. This trip had made a deep impression on her, and we were only 1/2 way through. She will probably need therapy when we get home.

Our cousin David and his family came for a visit... great time had by all.... It amazes me how comfortable kids feel with one and other within a short amount of time.... Within minutes his 2 daughters and our children were fast friends. We certainly can learn a thing or two from them...
 The kids were sent to bed at 8:30 pm and the adults talked and laughed till 2 am. Tante Cobie is the family historian and we learned a lot that night. Her husband Jan, disappeared often during our stay... perhaps the noise level was too much? Four kids and four women... need I say more? Come to think of it... I didn't see much of their geriatric cat either. 
The following morning required an extra strength dosage of coffee. One that could be fed intravenously. Our destination for the day..... Drumheller.... with 4 children who had recouped their original energy levels.
"It's boring," the natives were restless and we had only been on the road an hour . "How much further till we see dinosaurs?" Lukas asked.
 "It's so flat out here you would think we would be able to see them by now." Alora is the sarcastic daughter..... takes after her dad.

We had a blast at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. Kids and adults loved it.

"Ewwwwww! Somebody farted!" Lukas yelled as we were getting a drink and a snack at the cafeteria.
"The one who smelt it, dealt it." Tante Bina smiled.
"Whoever said the rhyme, did the crime." Alora sang.

Then we headed to the Biggest Dinosaur in the world and climbed up his insides, only to be regurgitated out of his mouth. Yum! Tante Nopie (that's me) didn't appreciate being up so high. The mouth jiggles.... you know.... Once the kids found out their Tante Nopie is afraid of heights.... They started jumping.... the beasts! Instigated by Tante Bina.... no doubt.


Then we splashed around in the fountain and spray park.

We laughed a bunch.

One more night at Tante Cobie and Oom Jan's.... imagine 9 people, of which 7 are female and only one bathroom..... I know what you are thinking.....You're thinking.... horror story for the men? Right? But it was a miracle... No one had to pee in the neighbours bush... or on the side of the road.

..... it was time to hit the road again. 
"The Circus is leaving town...." Sabrina called out to Tante Cobie. Cobie wiped a tear from her husbands eye.
"Don't worry Jan, they'll be back."

A quick stop in Banff on the way back for lunch and some souvenir shopping.

The adventure into the Badlands were amazing and exhausting.

"So when are we driving to P.E.I?"