I'm a long term embedded devices/systems developer, starting with designing integrated circuits for the original 900 MHZ analog cellphone, then getting involved with GPS receivers, digital pro-audio, industrial GPS-based positioning and navigation, engineering and IT project management, product management, technical support, new product introduction, and manufacturing.
How many places can you mountain bike one day and snow ski the next, or vice versa!.
Our story starts in Fish Creek Park, Calgary. Ian and I parked at Glenfield as we often do, outside the gates in case we don’t get back before 6pm, and rode to the west end of the park and back. It became dark while we were still on the trails, which only added to the excitement!
Next day, it was off to Canada Olympic park.
In typical friendly Calgary behavior, there were no shortage of volunteers to help with photo taking,
I was able to get away for a late lunch from work, and met Ian at the Glenfield parking lot with my bike. Personally, I like the scenery of the west side of the park, but we’d been curious how far east the pathway gets cleared so that’s the way we headed. Unfortunately, cleared path ended at the Higgins Bridge, we couldn’t climb the hill to Diamond Cove (where we hoped we could make it to the newly opened path into south Southland Park), nor could we cross the Higgins Bridge into Douglasdale. Guessing the path clearing stopped where provincial responsibility ends and city responsibility starts, it would sure be nice if they had the same policies.
At one point, we were stopped under some trees and started being pelted with bits of bark. Searching the trees, we found one of several woodpeckers.
I made it out on the bike Jan 1, 2008, so now it’s an annual event. I even doubled the number of people this year (my friend Ian came with me). Starting at the Glenfield area off of Macleod Trail, we rode our trusty steeds west to the end of the park and back. We encountered a number of walkers, cyclists and cross country skiers. Thanks go to our Provincial Government for sweeping the paths clean. We love you!
We made it to Dec 12 this year with only one snow storm so cycling has been great, but snow has arrived and it’s winter time now. My daughter and I had great fun taking snowboard and ski lessons last year at Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park, and this year we purchased a family pass. Our first day out was Dec 7 – a monumentally snowy day!