Fire and First Snow

I’m always on the lookout for an opportunity to bike commute. I often drive to a C-Train station with my bike on board, and leaving the van head off by bike. My daughter is commuting downtown by transit, so she picks up the van on her way home, and then has the van for errands. Today, I parked at Chinook Station and headed north to Mount Royal College for a course I’m taking.

Later that night, the ride home in the softly drifting first-snow-of-the-season was magical…..




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…..






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).


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


What a sunset!