Catching Up: Regina and the Rockies

Before we start talking about the new adventures we’ve had and will have this year, I just needed to share a couple from last fall that I’ve been meaning to write about.

Part One:

The first (or maybe second) weekend after T arrived, we decided that we needed to go hiking. We still had a car, my semester was still relatively young, and the weather was good, so we made a last-minute trip to Banff. We’re very glad we did. The fall colours and the views were incredible. We had a nice hike up to Morraine Lake and then a steep climb to a pass overlooking Mt. Assiniboine (behind us in the 1st shot). We saw some more of the Rockies during a trip to BC last week, but that’s for another post. For now, here are the Canadian Rockies while they’re still fairly warm.

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Part Two:

In October I got to take a road trip out to Regina, Saskatchewan. It’s a 7-8 hour drive east through some of the flattest land I know of (see the first photo below). But Regina wasn’t a bad place. I attended the wedding of one of my best friends, who I grew up with in Penticton. While I was there hanging out with his family and friends, I also got to see a few of Regina’s sights. I didn’t expect much from the city (it’s not exactly a top tourist stop and gets a bad rap from the rest of Canada), but I shouldn’t have been too surprised that I actually did find some cool places.

1. Flat, flat land. A few kilometers past the point where Regina’s skyline came into view we passed a sign that indicated the city limits were still something like 50 km away. I didn’t take a picture of that, sadly, but here’s a random shot of my view during the trip home.

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2. Also on the way out, we passed this. We watched this helicopter picking up these towers, flying them to the right place, and sticking them right onto the foundation. If you were looking for a cool job, this would be it.

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3. I went on a morning run past the capital building, which sits in a park beside this lake. The fog was a nice touch.

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4. The wedding took place at the LDS Temple in south Regina. Luckily, the fog burned off before the wedding photos started.

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5. After family photos at the temple, they took took some more shots outside an old government building, which happened to hold a small museum dedicated to Regina’s history of royal visits. The city has received a handful of visits from various members of the royal family (including the queen herself, who was welcomed by a pair of haystack tiki towers similar to the ones at the museum entrance below), which is probably fairly impressive for a small, cold city in the Canadian prairies.

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