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North America » Canada » Alberta » Edmonton June 5th 2019

Day 31 5/06/2019 Edmonton Up early to pack up the camp, but Ron and I took advantage of the canoes and went out on the lake to have a look at the mountains. The lake was like a mill pond and we could hear the calls of the Loons a duck type of bird. Once Penni arrived we finished packing up and then headed off for breakfast and then headed home. WE arrived home around 4 which gave us time to pack our cases before we went to Rob and Penni’s for the final get together. Ron and Rob cooked up a barbeque which was delicious. Keeping the Ron’s birthday theme going we had a Black Forest cake for desert. This must be the longest birthday celebrations in history! Off to bed early as we have ... read more
Farewell bbq
Last night

North America » Canada » Alberta » Edmonton May 23rd 2019

Day 18 23/05/2019 Edmonton- Breakfast with the Boss We needed to wake up early as Karly and Scott’s boss Jason decided that he wanted to throw a “Meet Karly’s Mum Breakfast”. Jason had arranged for a pancake breakfast with all of the trimmings at the office so that all of the workers including the techs, installers and the office staff could get to meet Ron and me. It was a really lovely thought and we appreciated all of the effort that Jason and Deanna went to. It was great to finally put faces to the people that Karly always talks about. We needed to be mindful to not eat too much because we were on our way to the High Level Diner to have the most amazing Cinnamon Buns. We decided to order one each with ... read more
High Level Diner Cinnamon buns and a bowl of coffee
Bbq family get together
Breakfast with the Boss

North America » Canada » Alberta » Edmonton May 22nd 2019

Day 17 22/05/2019 Vancouver – Edmonton We had an early wake up as wanted to watch the ship dock into Vancouver, and as usual the ship was on time and followed the Princess ship into dock at 7 am. We went and had a quick breakfast at the Lido Market and then returned to the cabin and waited for our disembarkation call. We had to have our cases out in the corridor no later than midnight for them to collect, and we were allocated a colour and time leave. We were called at 9.15 and collected our cases on shore and then we were off we didn’t need to go, through immigration and customs. The decision was to head straight to the airport as we didn’t have enough time to look around Stanley Park and to ... read more
Last breakfast on the cruise

North America » Canada » Alberta » Edmonton June 19th 2018

OK, kids – go get a map of Canada. When we completed our drive along the north shore of Lake Superior and left Thunder Bay in western Ontario, we traveled west (mostly) on the Trans-Canada Highway, leaving the eastern and relatively populated region and headed into the prairies. Canada is the second largest country in the world, a little larger than the US, even including Alaska, though much smaller than Russia. However, there are few people living in “the frozen north” (Nunavit and the NW Territory) and even in the southern provinces, the population is spread very thin. I did my Google homework: Manitoba has 250,116 square miles with 1.272 million people. That’s 6 people per square mile. Tennessee has 42,143 square miles and 6.716 million people or 153 people per square mile. I’d always thought ... read more
Ontario Forest
Grain Elevator

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

Woke to snow today. So glad we’ve booked a winter getaway for April!! Through security with no problem, bags tagged all the way through. And so my time immersed in God and Prayer begins. :) love that we can break into prayer when we feel lead to! Just finished our preboarding prayer to bless the trip, plus a coffee! ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Edmonton March 19th 2018

Finally! After a year and a half of paying down debt, followed by another 15 months of saving, we are almost on our way to Australia. We got rid of everything we owned, (save for whatever we could fit into two suitcases and a backpack), emptied out our Toronto apartment, said goodbye to our friends and quit our jobs. Locking the door to the house we had happily lived in for seven years, it was surreal to walk out onto our lawn at 5 in the morning, the sun beginning to rise over Lake Ontario, and not knowing when we would be coming back. It was an exciting feeling, but also a bit daunting as well. Flying from Toronto to Edmonton, we are spending a month here, staying with Kevin's parents. Here, we are stocking ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Edmonton August 16th 2017

I've watched endless YouTube videos and read countless books, done all the shopping for the gear one might need; however, I can't help but think that I'm missing something. 7 kg or 17 lbs later my backpack is ready to become my best buddy (or more likely worst enemy) for the next 50 days. This trip is a bucket list thing for me. It's meant to be liberating, great excercise, spiritual, and HARD. Can't wait to get started! Flight leaves at 6:50 pm on Thursday and flies to Paris via Iceland. I spend a couple of days in Paris then hope a train to southern France to the base of the Pyrenees mountains and start my adventure by packing uphill. Ugh!... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Edmonton August 2nd 2017

Bonjour à tous, Ce soir Je suis atteint par le syndrome de la page blanche. La journée à été tellement fade, banale que je ne sais pas, où commencer. Je voulais aller faire quelques photos ce matin du lac Lesser, à Slave Lake. Il faisait un soleil splendide, les conditions idéales, malheureusement pas d'accès directs, le seul, par le camping, avec un droit d'accès. 25$ pour quelques photos, c'est niet. J'ai bien étudié ma carte, soit je prends Edmonton direct par la nationale 44, soit en passant par Athabasca. Ce nom me dit quelque chose mais quoi. Ce soir je n'ai pas trouvé, et sur place rien ne m'a aidé. Petit à petit le paysage se transforme, de moins en moins de forêts, de plus en plus de cultures. Je laisse le sauvage derrière moi, et ... read more
belle promenade
Saskatchewan River

North America » Canada » Alberta » Edmonton July 14th 2017

We took a day trip the West Edmonton Mall where Finley got to choose one activity. It was a hard choice since there was so much there for children. He chose the water park. He loved the wave pool and the waterslides. In particular the slide where the floor drops out at the start and you fall into a dark tube. After 3 hours of non-stop action in the wave pool and the slides he declared that he was water logged. He also discover the Microsoft Store where kids got to play xbox games for free. He has now added an xbox to his Christmas wish list (sorry Mom and Dad).... read more
Pirate Ship in the Mall
Wave Pool
Water Slides

North America » Canada » Alberta » Edmonton May 15th 2016

Well, fieldwork is practically here... I have all of my files digitized, all of my reference collections photographed and securely on external devices, and have managed to fit all of the equipment (and living essentials) into one suitcase. I even get to pack a pillow this year! I have sewn on flag patches to my packs in an attempt to "Canadianize" my gear. Fortunately, my new tattoo will proudly travel with me and helps to "Canadianize" myself. It's starting to sink in that I am traveling to Greece for 6 weeks. Not only will I get a chance to start my research, build connections within the greater project, and maybe acquire a sheep head (or two), I will also get to work with the students on my areas of specialty. Ever since I had the chance ... read more
Learning to Use the Rotary Drill Prior to Lab Work

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