We have been home for almost a week now, and we are almost settled again. As you can see from the picture above we had a ton of stuff to unpack and wash, which are two things I don’t really like to do. Jamie has been back at work for the last few days, but yet to catch up with his work email and I have been trying to get into a routine so I don’t waste the summer away. I know, it’s a hard life having the summers off. But I do have a whole lot on my list, including some much needed work around the house, planning for the next school year, getting a business license for my yet to be started photography company and getting my US citizenship (or at least the paperwork completed- trust us it’s a long process). There is never enough time for everything but cross your fingers that at least some of it will be completed.
Jamie and my Uncle Keith headed out yesterday at 7am to go fly fishing and did not return until 11pm, now that is dedication. They drove over two hours to a place called Crowsnest Pass, it’s a river southeast of Cochrane where my Aunt and Uncle live. Jamie practiced fly fishing in the yard the last time we were at their house to get the hang of the motion needed to cast, or something like that. I do have pictures of that but I do not have pictures of them when they were out. Much to my disappointment they came back with no pictures of Jamie in his waders, chest high rubber pants, or any pictures of them fishing! I would have been all over that prime picture op. Although I am disappointed without any pictures it is probably for the best since Jamie took a “swim” in the river at one point and got soaking wet; to his defense it is not easy to stand in a very fast current with rubber shoes on wet, slippery rocks. If it was me I would have been swimming more than that, I am sure. Uncle Keith caught three trout, two rainbow trout and a brown trout, and Jamie didn’t get any although he had lots of fun. It was probably a great time spent by all in their “nothing box”.
Yesterday Jamie and I returned to Mount Edith Cavell, a gorgeous place where you can admire three brilliant glaciers all at once. We went there the day before around 9pm, yes it is still light enough to hike at that time, to see the sights and we enjoyed it so much that we went again yesterday. The hike to get there was not easy and my legs are sore from it, pathetic I know. However, we took the lower road yesterday and that hike was a much easier one.
Well I know that all I have practically written the last few times that I have posted is about the animals that we have seen, but I am going to do it again. We saw tons of them today and all kinds too. After packing up our stuff and checking out of the hotel we got on the road from Banff to Jasper (first using the number one, which as far as I know takes you right across Canada and then taking 93 through the mountains). From the moment we were on the road we were lucky with our sightings, two deer running across an open field- man are they fast.
Jamie and I drove up to Banff yesterday to spend a few days exploring the mountains and trying to find as many animals as we could. I would consider yesterday a success since we saw 27 Elk, 17 Bighorn Sheep and a coyote (although we didn’t get a picture of him)!
I am sorry for not updating you all sooner, however this is only the second time that Jamie and I have had Internet in while have been here, so it has been difficult to get a chance to update. We have spent a few days in the mountains and a lot of time hanging out with my family. Unfortunately, the weather has not been ideal the whole time that we have been here. It has been raining off and on the whole time that we have been here, and it even snowed while we were in the mountains. Although we have had some lucky days, where the rain has stopped just long enough for us to take in the beautiful sites and take a few pictures.
Well, we made it to the airport with time to spare, thanks to Grandpa. When we were getting out of the car we got a little wet, it had just started to pour when we were getting out. We went through check-in with no problem and also through security without any issues either, which is quite a feat with all of our electronics. They pushed us along and didn’t search any of our bags, we didn’t even get patted down, I guess we don’t look too dangerous.
Well our bags are packed and we are ready to go, aside from putting the computers in, and we are on our way to Canada! Woohoo! I haven’t been back to see the fam in three years and my native born Florida husband has never been to Canada, what a shame. It’s a good thing that he married a Canadian, I will show him some Canadian culture if it kills me.
Summer is finally here- woohoo!!!! I have finished school, I do not have to be up before the crack of dawn and I have no real obligations for about two months. What could be better than that? Jamie and I kicked off the summer by going for a boat ride, it was almost dusk and absolutely beautiful. Our friend Mickey purchased a boat yesterday so we were able to share in the first time boat owners joy by taking a ride, wind in our hair and all that jazz. Jamie rode the tube and we just plain enjoyed the evening. There could have been no better way to kick off the summer.
When Jamie and I moved to the new house we brought my Papasan chair over from Mom’s house. Since then the the kitties have been in heaven. They have enjoyed sharing the chair with me or with each other, it is a pretty good chair to cuddle in. They really are cute when they share the chair to take a cat nap. Sigh…what a life.