Archive for September, 2013
In those last few days before E was born, the Bow River and the Elbow River were swollen with rain water and mountain run-off. They called it the hundred years flood, meaning a flood like this only comes every hundred years. The city was lush green and beautiful, but something like 70,000 residents were evacuated from Calgary and the neighboring communities. We took these pictures from Crescent Heights, overlooking downtown Calgary.
Way back in February, the Communication and Culture graduate program at the University of Calgary rendezvoused with its counterpart from Simon Fraser University for a retreat at Nelson, BC. M presented his research on environmental infomediaries and their effect on consumer purchase decisions. I came along for the ride, and my Mom came to spend the weekend with us as well.
Nelson’s claim to fame is the filming location of Roxanne, an film from the 1980’s starring Steve Martin. We spent an afternoon driving around admiring the architecture.
Nathan surprised us last weekend and said he was meeting a friend in Calgary for a hike. So he crashed at our place and we joined them in the mountains. We picked Barrier Lake in Kananaskis, which had a few different options for those who wanted a serious hike and those who wanted to feed the baby at the car for a while. Also a quick getaway if the rain got really bad. Fortunately, the rain made for some beautiful photographs and didn’t slow down our hiking too much.
These are just a few more pictures from our day biking in Rural Quebec. We probably stopped in 5 or 6 towns. Each one had shiny tin roof houses and a church.
We rented a car, loaded the car seat in, and went out 40 minutes to Bragg Creek. This was a short, easy trip to see how E would tolerate it. We had a great time! A short hike, a small campfire, one night in a tent. Hopefully we’ll get another trip in before the end of the season.