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An Alberta weekend

It’s been almost 10 years since we left Calgary. An entire decade has passed since we received a phone call to tell us that we would be moving from Calgary as part of a pilot program to introduce the roll out of area commander. Wendy and I would later that summer move to Edmonton but initially, we were told it might be Alberta or Ontario. In the end, it was Edmonton.

Our time in Calgary was wonderful and seven years at Glenmore Temple were some of our favourite years of ministry. Returning to the platform this weekend was like coming home, and I enjoyed every minute.

While we were there we connected with Phil, Amanda, Carlyle and Fitz. The kids are growing quickly and Fitz now scurries around the floor like a soldier crawling on his belly to the front line! He’s a happy boy with energy and curiosity. Carlyle is smart and loves to spell, colour, make crafts and cuddle with her little brother. Dave and Sue graciously allowed us to crash their home for a few hours and share a meal with us.

We did get out to Canmore and celebrated Phil’s 30th birthday by his making us an amazing roast beef dinner! It was delicious.

a7304-07-07-2008-21-43-18-355This is of course 3 not 30 but the enthusiasm for life that he had at 3 he still exhibits – energy, fun, curiosity….hey who does that sound like?

It’s great to be with family, even briefly.


A day of hiking

Philip and I had a most enjoyable day yesterday as we grabbed our hiking shoes and back packs and headed out to Kootney National Park.  The weather was good and we had both our cameras along to try and grab some good photos – and yes we did!

No Phil your phone doesn’t work here

As the water descends towards the canyon

See the evidence of the forest fire

Phil getting a photo too

This was just the beginning of the day though….we were soon off to visit the paint pots – a natural phenomenon which the aboriginal people used to create paints and dyes.

Iron oxide in the springs up the hill bring this area a very red appearance

Heading up to the springs

Even the soil is red

One of the springs

the cold water also creates green

The second of three springs within a rock

My travel companion

We did drive down to Radium for supper and then as we were leaving we spotted within a short distance 3 black bears – the last was sprinting across the highway so no pictures but here’s the other two just grazing by the road.

Black bear #1 

Black Bear #2

It was a great day and I really enjoyed being with Phil out in the great outdoors!  Alberta and BC are beautiful provinces.