Boo!

Yesterday was the warmest Halloween on record for 50 years! I can’t remember a Halloween in Calgary when it hadn’t already snowed (a week before, or a month before). Sure, most of it had usually melted before Halloween, but there was still ice under some trees, the leaves were frozen to the ground, and anchoring the blow-ups with stakes wasn’t much fun. But this Halloween, WOW!

We setup the blow-ups before I left for work in the morning. When I got home, Elizabeth had already plugged in and was ready for the little trick & treaters (we barely saw ours though, looks like this year was the year they outgrew Halloween). After about 85 grim reapers, fairies, wolf men, and a dining room window (I had to ask who he was!), it was over for another year.  Sigh…..

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All the photos

Riding the Ridge at Sunset

This fall the bicycle gods have been smiling. First, Calgary is experiencing the longest fall I can remember ever! This is the first time it hasn’t snowed before Halloween in my memory. Second, my daughter now drives but has been commuting to downtown by c-Train, which means I can leave the family van at a train station for her, but with my bike on board to ride the rest of the way home – with a suitable detour of course ;-).

Last week, my friend Ian led the way along an incredible ridge trail in the sunset. Entering into Fish Creek Provincial Park (aka FCPP) from the north east along the c-Train line, we first headed west, climbed to the ridge, then south in a loop back east, and finally coming out of the park into Shawnessey before heading home (and explaining to my wonderful wife Elizabeth why a 30 minute ride took 2 hours).

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Here are Ian’s photo’s for proof we were actually there!

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What a sunset!

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The Mighty Wind

Heading home from work last week by bicycle, I turned onto a favorite piece of single-track. It had been windy earlier that afternoon for about 45 minutes, but this I didn’t expect….

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As I picked my way over the last tree, it occured to me – wouldn’t it have been wild to have out when it was windy!

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