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North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary June 22nd 2019

Up bright and early this morning (19th June) for our onward journey to Calgary. Our flight was at noon from Toronto and whilst the drive should take under 90 minutes, we weren't sure how the traffic would be, so we were aiming to be on the road by 7 am and surprise surprise, we were (!)...........bill paid, checked out and car collected! We did have one last look at the Falls beforehand and it always somewhat amazed me, to open the curtains each morning and see the river still crashing over the falls; I almost expected the water to be 'turned off' overnight and restarted again in the morning - the theme parks around the world have got a lot to answer for - at least for wierdos like me! The drive was pretty uneventful. We ... read more
The Barn at Bearspaw 1
The Barn at Bearspaw 2
The Barn at Bearspaw 3

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary March 3rd 2019

We say sky is the limit! It is indeed! Yes, this is a short video clip of my bucket-list to reach those limits and have some fun! Anything above the ground, it excites me like a kid. I did my first sky dive in Calgary. And my colleague Chad was my Guru. He already has over 200 jumps under his belt. Each time we used to go out for coffee break invariably he would ask me, “Tab, when are you going to jump?” I said, “Forget it man, why do I pay for something that I am going to have nightmare every night? I grew up having milk and cereal in the morning and a home-made dinner at night. I don’t need these hassles!” Chad used to laugh, but never gave up. He said, “Boss, when ... read more
Free fall outside Calgary
Drifting over the Rockies
Over the Rockies

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary July 31st 2018

To paraphrase the 1960 Johnny Horton song North To Alaska: “Where the river is windin' adventure they're findin'; North to Alaska go north the drive is on.” After months of planning and weeks of anticipation, cousin Marilyn and I finally set off on the biggest adventure I have undertaken since The Great Adventure began in 2010. I had general plans to make an Alaska trip in 2019, and Marilyn had wanted to drive the Alaska Highway for years but had no specific plan or dates in mind. When we learned of each other’s desire to visit the great northland, we decided to take the plunge. What really got us going was a magazine advertisement Marilyn received hawking a bus trip through the Canadian Rockies and a cruise from Vancouver, British Columbia to Anchorage. Marilyn had been ... read more
… Corn Appeared – Now, Is that Iowa or What?
A Fella Could Sit for a Week Waiting for This Photo – Timing Is Everything!
The Workmen Did a Stellar Job During the Refurbishing of the Exterior

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary July 15th 2018

At least I understood the chuck wagon racing. Very few guys in Hawaiian shirts.... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary June 11th 2018

Checked out of the Blue Horizon Hotel this morning, has been a lovely stay - the room was quite spacious, cafe had great food and was reasonably priced, and it was very conveniently located. Flight to Calgary was short - 1 hr, nice views of Vancouver as we left (and of course the sun is shining), and over mountains (not sure which ones) along the way. Checked in to the Westin in downtown Calgary, (have gone upmarket, but downsized) then decided to go for a walk to Prince's Island Park, a short distance from the hotel. It is on an island in the Bow River, lots of trees, ducks and ducklings! Then we had to attend a welcome reception for our bus tour, drinks, pretzels and chips, and the 39 other people on the tour. It ... read more
Bow River in Calgary
Ducks & ducklings
Prince's Island Park

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary April 25th 2018

Hello Blog, I have to get used to blogging on a regular basis and I already learned the hard way about not saving when I exit from this blog platform. We hit the airport in Calgary on Monday the 23rd at 1905 Hrs and the international end of the airport was dead. We flew with British Airways from YYC to Heathrow LHR and our flight was not until 2200 Hrs. We hit security and there was literally one other couple going in at the same time as us. So instead of this being a quick zip through, the security guy wanted to practice his skills and ripped my bags apart looking to test every one of his sensors. He just loved telling us that normally this was such a good thing as he would then take ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary April 13th 2018

God is already showing up! Yesterday we moved our flight from 445 to 1220 in a last minute panic. But 3 of us couldn’t. Find out at 230 that the original flight got cancelled but they managed to get seats on the 325 which allows them to make our connecting flight to London. Thank you to the 2 people who gave up their seats for them! Thank you Air Canada for giving travel vouchers to encourage it. And thank you God for being on our side!! ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary February 23rd 2018

7/11 We had many airport stops on our long trip to Calgary in Alberta, CA (you would have thought we had circumnavigated the globe!). We had lunch/dinner at Pappadeaux at the airport in Dallas to fortify us knowing we would arrive in Calgary well after dinner. After traveling all day we were very glad to be greeted at the airport in Calgary by a driver from the Fresh Trackstravel company, who brought us to the Ramada Downtown, arriving around 11:30pm. Exhausted from a long travel day we checked in and barely made it up the elevator to bed. 7/12 Our first day in Calgary! I won’t say we enjoyed breakfast at the Ramada Downtown. The food was overpriced “steam table food” and ordering from the menu was no better. In addition, the rooms in this hotel ... read more
Heritage Park Voyageur Interpreter Greg Ingram
Hanging out on top of the Calgary Tower
Clagary Tower

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary February 23rd 2018

7/13 In the morning we took the C-Train near our hotel to the Calgary Stampede Park. The park is enormous (208 acres). There are two Stampede entrance options when taking the train from the city to the park. We were told to take the second entrance or furthest stop on the train's schedule and it proved to be good advice. We landed near the main building where we could pick up our tickets, cowboy hats and other paraphernalia. From there we walked around the animal barns, saw a “Working Cow Horse Show” in the indoor arena (what a relief from the heat outside). For lunch we had an enormous Gator pork sandwich that actually originated in the Everglades. There was much disorganization among workers at the fairgrounds. Stampede Guides gave different directions for the same agenda ... read more
Tipis in the Indian Village
Beautiful tipi decorations, Indian Village
Costumed First Nation people

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary February 23rd 2018

7/14 We spent the morning at the beautiful Studio Bell National Music Centre. An architectural wonder, a truly beautiful building designed to capture sounds for every listener. Here there are 5 floors of opportunities to explore the various musical genres represented in the Canadian music scene. I went into the Vocal Booth where I learned I was an “Alto rising star,” I then played the drums and realized it had been about 55 years since I played them. It showed. A large screen in one of the rooms played music along with movie clips beautifully representing all the provinces in Canada. The building across the street housed the famous Aims Project, the state of the art mobile recording studio on wheels built in a truck by the Rolling Stones called one of rock n’ roll’s most ... read more
The "Chucks" Chuckwagon Races
Intense competition in "The Chucks"
 Aerial winged snow people descend to the stage

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