G, S & M

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G, S & M

We love travel; backpacking, hiking, kayaking, sight seeing, camping, skydiving; whatever package it comes in.
To travel the whole world is our greedy dream!
We've just started. We have our whole life. So, what the heck! It might be possible.

Recent addition : a baby girl whom we will call S.
Home: After 6-10 years in the Bay area, CA, USA, we moved to a nest in Calgary, Canada. Dunno where from here. Home is something we carry around in our hearts.


Bon Voyage
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North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper National Park September 13th 2013

When:13 Sep 2013 Where: hike up Parker Ridge Highlights: Saskatchewan glacier view It has been over 3 years that I had heard about this must-do hike. Superlatives were used and as time would have it, we had crossed by the trailhead several times with no time to stop. We then realized that we had to dedicate one day to come this far. Summer would end anytime soon. We tried to try our luck as little S had day off from school. All of us were tired in the morning. Our decision to leave by 6.00 am faltered(nothing unusual there). We left by 8.00 am. Our destination being 316 km away, we had close to a 4 hr drive. With brief stops at Canmore and Lake Louise for essentials we reached Parker Ridge trail head past 11.00 ... read more
Heather
Peyto Lake
how many more photos???

North America » Canada » Alberta August 30th 2013

When:Aug 30 - Sep 1 2013 Where: Writing on Stone Provincial Park, Milk River, Alberta 2.5 - 3 hrs N of Helena we crossed back into what felt like home instantly. In terms of landscape, nothing really changed. Just an imaginary border by human beings!!! But it made a world of difference to me, at least. Lesser questions, better verbal tone and of course the never-failing Welcome to Canada nod. It felt precious after being away in another country for 7 days! M became km, F became C but people remained almost the same. The people in Wyoming and Montana are not very different, or rather indifferent. Guess its the mountains! Just 12 km N of the border, we entered the small town of url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milk_River... read more
hoodoos by a river are called "coulees"
bison
I love hoodoos

North America » Canada » Ontario » Niagara Falls August 5th 2013

When:2nd - 3rd August 2013 Where: Niagara Falls Highlights: N/A Prelude: I have been avoiding to visit the Niagara falls for the last 10 years. I am not a big fan of doing touristy stuff and this would be #1 on the "Top 10 places to see in North America". G has been to NY and Niagara falls(on the US side) Sep 2011. So, he was willing to see the more beautiful Canadian side. As for me, there was no way I could escape from it due to our current residency in Toronto. But as much as I agreed to go, I had already framed my judgement about the place. Not a good mindset to make a trip with! Ironically, we ended up making the trip twice, less than 2 weeks apart!!! TRIP 1 ... read more
thundering falls
I was somewhere close to the falls
we are in our yellow suit of armor

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto July 27th 2013

When:15th July - 20th Aug 2013 Where: Toronto Highlights: visiting & living IN the concrete jungle, hunting open space whenever wherever possible, making new friends, visiting all the touristy venues. In short, been there, done that. Calgary has 1/5th of Toronto's population. This statistic meant nothing to me until I actually felt it. I am not a city person and if this post is biased, well, I cannot help it. Did I come across all the 5 million people in the city? It definitely feels so! Toronto Eaton Center Highly over-rated! Expensive! Touristy! And this feeling after my third(and probably final) visit. Also after a local told me so. I just blindly began to believe that shopping is expensive i... read more
Then York, Now Toronto!
Sunset by the Lake
Old & new


When:12th - 14th July 2013 Where: Lake O'Hara, Yoho National Park, Canadian Rockies Highlights: back country camping, hikes to beautiful glacial-fed lakes, showerless 2 days, lived with 30 other families that are allowed every day in the area. Lake O'Hara! How does one come up with a name like that? It does sound mmm... exotic! I looked up and here's what I found. The area is named after Colonel Robert O'Hara, an Irishman from Derryhoyle, Galway who heard about the area from J.J. McArthur, a government surveyor. Useful Info: Information on getting there You need not be filthy rich to stay url=http://www.lakeohara.co... read more
Lake Oesa
McArthur Lake
Lake O'Hara vicinity

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver August 31st 2012

When: 31st Aug - 4th Sep What: Vancouver to Calgary Highlights: camping, enjoying fresh-water beaches, Okanagan valley views, first jet ski experience, interesting people at a hostel Friday, Aug 31st We did a quick round of packing previous night and in the morning. It is a wonderful truth that we have definitely slowed down with S. And she definitely makes everything so much more worthwhile. G was not somewhat happy to know that we had 1 extra(food) bag. It added to the weight, but slowly we got used to driving with it. Or,maybe we forgot about it totally. My south-indian cuisine craving took us to HSB on Broadway. After a carb-filled belly, we embarked on this 4+ hr drive to Kelowna. S fell asleep as soon as we were outside the city. And woke up only ... read more
Trust
Okanagan Lake public beach, sunset
having a blast!


When:3rd-6th Aug 2012 Where: Long Beach unit of Pacific Rim National Park, BC, Canada What: camping near Mackenzie beach, our first proper beaches in Canada, enjoying the Pacific again, watched some decent surfs, built sand castles and in the process became Vitamin D-rich, thanks to the scorching sun. Friday, 3rd August We took the 7.45am ferry leaving Twassessen bay to Nanaimo . Ferries leaving from Horshoe bay(closer to Vancouver) were all filled up for the long weekend. We left as early as 6am allowing enough time for the traffic. We not only made it on time but had just enough time to grab some quick breakfast. Most of the cafe's were closed. Only Starbucks and second cup were open that early. No matter how many ever tim... read more
taking in the pacific
more boardwalks
sand project-don't ask!

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park May 19th 2012

When:Victoria Day weekend Where: Rockies Highlights: stays at hostels, snow, just be-ing Saturday, May 19th This trip was so last minute, but we didnt want to cancel it as we hadn't been to the Rockies yet in Spring. For a change, we did not have an agenda. We just drove. Being long weekend, we expected crowds. Only when we stopped at the Lake Louise visitor center did we know that it was the highest snow in 50 years. Phew! Seeing the weather in Calgary, we thought it was a bad winter in terms of the amount of snow. After spending a while at the visitor center(the exhibits are informative), G picked up an explorer book. A set of stuff that S needs to know to get that badge. I told him that she is an explorer ... read more
The painted pots
That should be Bow Lake
Iron build up

North America » Canada » Alberta » Lake Louise January 22nd 2012

What: Ice Magic Festival Where: Lake Louise, Banff National Park It had been 6 months since we visited Lake Louise. We had stopped on our way back home from previous trips, I think. Ice Magic Festival brings carvers from around the globe(mostly from USA & Canada, sometimes as far as Russia) to Lake Louise. They have 34 hours to create a 7ft wonder with 36 blocks of Ice. The weather is always the trick while visiting Rockies in Winter. Specially, at Lake Louise, the weather is specially favourable for the Victoria Glacier. Prediction of -10C gave me the chills. But we had decided to go, no matter what. G was a little apprehensive about parking. But we reached the Lake at around 10am. There was parking still available at the Lake. Also, this year, the festiva ... read more
the Winner
Looking out
contestants

North America » Canada » Alberta » Kananaskis Country October 2nd 2011

When: Oct 2 2011 Where: Highwood pass, Kananaskis country Highlights:Yellow Larch trees What are larch trees? Ganesh heard about this trail that was famous for its fall color. So, once again, grateful for being so close to these mountains, we drove in to Highwood Meadows. Btw, Highwood Pass is the highest pass in Canada that could be reached via a paved road. It is at an elevation of 2206 m(7237 ft). Two trails head from this parking lot. 1. The absolutely incredible Ptarmigan cirque 2. Highwood Meadows Trail - that branches into an unnamed trail. But right at the trailhead, a board greeted us. A board that read that the area was closed as a grizzly bear with cubs were in Ptarmigan cirque basin. We wer... read more
Got this shot just when we were about to leave
walking back...
larch pattern around rocks




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