Admittedly, in the past 6 months or so since our wedding, the frequency of our adventures has ebbed to a relative low. We have temporarily shifted our gazes inward, to our home, and each other. Not a bad thing, unless you have your hearts set on lots of new blog posts…
On the September long weekend, we headed out west. We spent the first night in Yoho National Park, at a provincial campground. To our great surprise, we ran into some friends of ours at the same campground in the morning. It was great to have breakfast with them around their awesome morning campfire, and they invited us to go hiking with them that day. It was a beautiful hike, up to a perfect blue-green lake, where we had a picnic lunch, and found lots of frogs (or toads, I’m not really sure which). After the hike, our friends had to head back home, and we aimed south, towards the Purcell Mountain Range. We found the beautiful, peaceful campground by Mitten Lake (thanks to our Camp Free in BC book) for Saturday night. It was postcard perfect, complete with calling loons. We will certainly seek it out again sometime. On Sunday morning we got up and headed further south, then back east a little – down to the Crowsnest Pass, to visit my Aunt & Uncle at their cabin in Coleman. We chit-chatted around the fire, then had a dip in the hot tub. On Monday we had a lazy day – Worked on crossword puzzles together, and Cora took us each on a quick Rzr (basically an all-terain golf cart) ride. In the early afternoon, we wandered back home.
In early November, we flew out to White Rock BC to visit Brian’s mom and aunt for their birthdays. Technically we were there on his mom’s birthday, but his aunt’s being only a week prior, we took them both out for birthday dinner celebrations. We went to Seasons in the Park, at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park (the highest land point in Vancouver), then back to Auntie Lee’s place for Wacky Chocolate Birthday Cake. As usual on our trips to the GVA, we did lots of walking around, breathing in the wonderful sea air. We even got to visit our buddy Chris who lives in North Van. We were just out for the weekend, which felt far too short – but it was all the time Brian could afford with work at the moment.
We’ve stayed in Calgary this Christmas season, working around the house, and relaxing a bit – which has been nice. In a couple weeks, we’ll be heading back down to The Crowsnest to Cora’s & Tom’s cabin again, with my sisters as well. We will have good food, good company, good times.
Beyond that, we are planning to go on a Mediterranean Cruise in the spring – Sort-of a Honeymoon part 2, and a trip to Hawaii in January 2013 with sisters, bro-in-law, aunt, uncle and cousin! Lots to look forward to, the next year promises to be an exciting one!