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North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary November 23rd 2016

Today We had our First Full Team Pre-Mission Trip Meeting and one of the Homework assignment from our previous get to know you meeting was to come up with some Fun Facts on Costa Rica in General: http://www.normschriever.com/blog/some-fun-and-crazy-facts-about-costa-rica It was also a good Bonding Time and Planing for our bake sale and Bottle Drive in January We also talked about that everyone needs to get there TB shot as well as Hepatitis shots Rob had a Really Cool fun Exercise Folding a paper in different ways with your eyes close, it was interesting to see what everyone outlook was.... Looking forward to our next meeting on December 9th... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary September 3rd 2016

Friday morning we were very sad to leave Clearwater, a real gem and a bargain at £35 a night. Onwards to Jasper National Park and a wander round the town for lunch. it was pretty busy with tourists, including at least 3 million Chinese/Japanese disgorged from the Rocky Mountaineer train. when we'd had enough of gift shops we moved south to the Icefields Parkway and used the National Parks ticket Sue Derrick gave us, thanks Sue, saved a wedge there. Seriously spectacular and rugged mountains on either side as we drove down to Sunwapta Falls Resort and our Friday and Saturday stopover. Lucky to get in as they had us booked for 26/9/16 rather than 26/8/16!! Its a motel about 35 miles down and as such it has a captive audience in the shop, bar and ... read more
Athabasca Glacier
Glacier explorer
Skywalk? No sweat.

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary August 20th 2016

Includes Information on: Edmonton, Fringe Festival, Roundtrip Fares, Car Rental, Time Traveled, Calgary, Excursions, Expenses, Lake Louise, Lussier Hot Springs, Invermere, Accomodations, and Lake Moraine. I've been flying with Delta for a little over a year. I remember in the first month of flying when I saw the Delta advertisement of Lake Moraine. It was on every seat monitor on the 757. I assumed the Lake was in Switzerland or somewhere foreign. Then after doing a google image search, I found out it was in Canada. On the same continent as me and I've never seen or heard of this beautiful majestic place. I listed it as #1 on my bucket list and researched how expensive it would be to go. In my initial research, I found that there aren't many places to stay near Banff ... read more
Fringe Festival
First Look at Lake Louise
Cabin in Invermere

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary July 26th 2016

url=http://www.rockymountaineer.com/en_CA_BC/ajax/package/destinations?ref=//localhost:50123/CMS/Repository/rmv-670Banff To url=http://www.rockymountaineer.com/en_CA_BC/ajax/package/destinations?ref=//localhost:50123/CMS/Repository/rmv-887Calgary We were travelling with the Brewster Tour company which was the dominant company in this area. The next morning, we were met by an older driver Stewart who was a real character. There was a young 12yo girl travelling with her grandparents and an old neighbourhood friend. The bus driver bantered with the confident little girl who reacted so well. It reminded of our Gemma who would have loved being on the bus, chatting to the driver. Stewart was full of information and a fantastic person to travel with. We were ready for another full day of stunning scenery and exciting experiences. ... read more
Calgary Tower (3)
First Nation Stoney Casino (11)
Helecopter ride north of Calgary (32)

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary July 25th 2016

Geo: 51.0451, -114.063Today was our last day. We left beautiful Lake Louise and headed to Calgary. Went back to Banff to ride the gondola....beautiful views and a tour of the city. After lunch we took a helicopter ride (our last stop before arriving in Calgary). It was my first ride in a helicopter and it was a little scary; but, with Bob as the co pilot, I felt safe. The views were astounding and I only got a little nervous going over the mountain. It's interesting to see how the landscape flattens as we leave the Rockies behind and head for Calgary. We are staying at Hotel Arts in downtown Calgary. Very interesting decor and nice room. After dinner, we walked to the Calgary tower, approximately 572 feet up. Views that look over the entire city. ... read more
Views from the Gondola
Views from the Gondola
Views from the Gondola

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary July 16th 2016

16 Jul 2016: today's events begin with a walk among the numerous exhibits in the park. We favored the Agriculture exhibits, especially since they were indoors and we like animals. Once again, the rain came down on schedule, just as we entered the park. It was a little less intense and of shorter duration. I found myself becoming easily annoyed about certain crowd behaviors. For example, there was a very elaborate sculpture of a herd of horses crossing a river. In this case the "water" was concrete and only the upper half of the horses were visible. I wanted to take pictures but everyone was posing next to or on the sculptures and little children were climbing on them. I didn't want all these strangers in my picture. They should take the shot and get out ... read more
CWR4 At the backstretch
CWR6 It's a little muddy out here
CWR12 Another close one

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary July 15th 2016

Well we are packed, breakfasted and sitting in our our hotel room, ready to set off for the airport and the long journey home. Our final day was spent at Stampede watching the rodeo. If they could sit on it the Cowboys tried to ride it. Not always very successfully. They certainly earned any cash they won. Surprisingly in this country of extremes daily prize money is small. Our abiding memory however will be the horses herding steers. The speed and turning ability of these is quite amazing and is not just for show but has a real use back on the vast ranches. Took hundreds of photos. Joy wonders why so many. She has a point. So we will be back soon. Hope these blogs have kept you vaguely amused. It's been fun!... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary July 15th 2016

15 Jul 2016: I have skipped some short travel days and a few others in which we did comparatively little (He divided the dirty laundry in to two piles before taking them to the laundromat). On travel days, we usually eat out. If we've been on a long drive, we don't do too much the next day. There is more work for me to do given Jeanne's limitations although she has been more active since we left Lethbridge. Due to a scheduling error, we arrived in Calgary (Cochrane, actually) a day too soon so we had to scramble to find lodgings for the night and then had to move again the next day. Today is the first of two days at the "Stampede". It has been raining every day since we got to Canada, as if ... read more
Barrel Racing
Lassoo that dogie
It doesn't hurt until you land

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary July 14th 2016

Late night blog after a day at the Calgary Stampede. Don't know how to describe it. Try to imagine Alton Towers, the Horse of the Year show, the Royal Show at Stoneleigh, Glastonbury and the worlds biggest BBq all being held at the NEC at the same time. We spent about 8 hours there and left well before the end of the days activities. We only scratched the surface. After a wander about trying to take in the scale of the place, we watched an amazing competition of Cowboys on horseback seperating one cow from a herd (cutting). Then lunch of bbq and ribs. Portion size is not a concept understood here. We then took in a cultural trip to the Indian Village, watching their equivalent of Strictly Come Dancing. Jokes about teepees and insomnia fell ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary July 13th 2016

Have reached our final stop in this trans Canadian adventure. We are installed in another high rise hotel suite close to the city centre. Calgary is alive with Stampede fever, lots going on and nearly everyone sporting a great big cowboy hat and riding boots. I shall be buying Joy a Stetson in a few minutes. She can't wait!! We are off to the showground to soak it all up. Chuck wagon racing is the main event. A bit like Towcester but with carts. No doubt I will back a few losers so pinning hopes on Joy finding a winner or two. Finally the majority of the people round here are Canadian which is novel on this trip.... read more




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