Yamnuska Trail Hike

Another May Long Weekend meant another exciting "Patrick" birthday hike! Unlike 2 years ago, the forecast gave us beautiful clear skies and a gorgeous sun. This year we headed up Yamnuska Trail in K-Country. The hiking trail itself was a fairly easy to intermediate hike, but does involve some scrambling once you get above the tree lines and a quick hang on the edge mountain .  But what made up for those daredevil moments and some slipper snow were the amazing views of the Rocky Mountains and valleys. It was definitely a great day for a hike!

 

Directions: West of Calgary on the Trans Canada Highway, exit on the Seebe turnoff. Turn north on Hwy 1X, then east to the Yamnuska Parking Lot. (click above map)

Europe 2016

With our wedding day in the books, the next part of married life would be the illustrious "Honeymoon".  So we packed our bags and left on a jet plane. The plan: travel abroad, stopping in London, Glasgow, Paris, Rome, Split, and Amsterdam for the next month.

Mexico - The Artsy Collection

With the whole week spending quality time with friends and family and in addition to soaking the sun at the pool, I never got a chance to explore much of the resort.  But here are a couple snap shots of what I was able to capture of Moon Palace and the island of Isla Mujeres.  Mexico will always be a special place for Frances and myself and it will definitely be a place we both would love to go back to. 

Cancun, Mexico

It's been awhile since I posted on the blog.  The last few months have been quite busy as I’ve had literally one thing on my mind, plan a wedding!  Frances and I decided to host a destination wedding in Cancun, Mexico.  Having never been to Mexico, we were definitely excited.  We choose the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort for a number of reason, one it had a golf course (for both our parents) and two we wanted to have a Catholic wedding in a chapel, which pretty much narrowed it down to Moon Palace.

Although hosting a destination wedding is never easy, we were happy to have roughly 60 of our friends and family come along for the ride.  Here are few highlights from our amazing vacation, no wedding photos yet, those will be coming soon...

 Group Airport Photo

Group Airport Photo

 Welcome Cocktails & Appitizers

Welcome Cocktails & Appitizers

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 Family Photo

Family Photo

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West Coast Trail 2015

One of the most popular hikes in western Canada would have to be The West Coast Trail.  Located on Vancouver Island, the trail is a 75 kilometer stretch where hikers can explore the temperate rain forest, sandy beaches, Canadian wildlife, and historical shipwrecks. Here’s we’ve documented our 6 day journey through the WCT.

Wasootch Peak

Our friend Pat was back in town for the May long weekend and to celebrate his birthday. Part of the bday festivities included hitting up the mountains and hiking a trail for the day. The trail that Pat choose was Wasootch Peak in beautiful Kananaskis, Alberta.  According to various hiking websites, it is suppose to be an "easy" hike .  The only real risk was, as many seasoned campers may know, the May long weekend usually means snow, rain, or the unexpected!  This hike was planned weeks in advance, so we were all praying for sunny weather.  Unfortunately the forecast called for rain, so we kind of knew what we were getting ourselves into, well we thought we did...

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The actual trail wasn't bad at all, but the rainy conditions and the breezy weather didn't make the hike as enjoyable as we hoped.  Clearly everyone isn't a big fan of the rain....

.... but after a hard fought journey and assurance that we'd reach the top in 10 mins after every 5 mins (it turned out to be 20 or 30 mins) we finally made it to the top!  Well half of us did, some of us had to turn back, especially when some of them saw snow.  But hey, could you blame them? Everyone was soaking wet and snow wasn't going to make it easier.  So what was my motivation?  I was looking forward to eating my Jelly Belly's when I got to the top, haha.

So since it was Pat's birthday, Jeff couldn't resist playing a nostalgic game from our university days - "Bro's Icing Bro's" which basically meant Pat had to chug a bottle of Smirinoff Ice.

After all that rain, snow, and cursing,  we definitely needed to celebrate reaching the top with a classic group photo.  Although, Pat looks a little uncomfortable.

Arriba, Abajo, Al Centro, Adentro!

Last May, Frances and I traveled to Peru for 25 days.  It was definitely a life changing experience.  So since it's been a year, we decided to integrate and re-edit our old Peru blog to this site.  Let's call this post the "Peru Remastered Edition"

Highway 566

If you ever drive past Highway 566 near Balzac and Center Street, you may have noticed a graveyard full of old farm equipment.  The yard is full of old wagons and interesting yard art made of used welded materials. 

I drive past it so many times and had always wanted to take a closer look.  So one day I stopped to take a photo from a distance.  Lucky enough I ran into the landowner, he actually allowed me to hop the fence and snap a few pics.

It’s pretty neat what you can see when you take a closer look…

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Countdown to End Julian's 20s

The end of a decade is always a big deal, it's an even bigger deal if it's the end of your twenties. So to commemorate this joyous occasion, I decided to give him 30 presents, leaving him one present a day, ranging from complete usefulness to not at all. 

In a nutshell, here's what I ended up getting for Julian:

1.   Old person card

2. Batman signal.... in case Gotham needs saving

3. Uno cards

4.  Sphere ice moulds

5. Mason jar and airplane bottle of Patron

6. Travel size toiletries

7.  Apple gift card

8. Funky socks

9. Scratch cards

10. Chilsner

11. Case of beer

12. Aladdin tea mug

13. Deville Gift Card

14. Nerf Guns

15.  DC Heroes and Villains information 

16. Fun Notepads 

17. Sax Underwear

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18. Movie Gift Certificate

19. Vintage camera #1

20. Homemade apple cider kit

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21.  Bottle of Poo pouri

22. Feet warmers

23. Wildorse Brewery tour and tasting

24. Live Out There gift card

25. Fondue set

26.  Creme eggs 

28.  Car wash 

27. Vintage camera #2

29.  30th bday balloons

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30. Cake  

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I tried to keep it as practical and as affordable as I can but some, like the beer tasting, I had to splurge a little bit because I wanted to go too. Wasn't gonna let Julian have all the fun by himself and that would be kinda sad to send him off by himself. I had fun planning and leaving him presents everyday but maybe for his 40th I will just buy a bag of chocolates and leave him a piece of chocolate a day.... 

Made in Montana

These photo's pretty much show a unique side from our trip.  What I enjoyed a lot about this year's Whitefish trip is it wasn't just about the skiing, but the unique experiences and people we encountered in town.  For the first time we were able to embrace the “Whitefish Winter Carnaval.” The festivities happened between February 6-8 with this year's theme honouring the veterans.  It was inspiring talking to some of the locals,  each had a unique story to tell. You would see the tremendous pride they have for their country and for the people that serve in the military.  We even met one proud local that had a “Made in Montana” tattoo and wasn’t afraid to show it!

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Moose!

With the rain pouring and lack luster ski conditions forecasted during the rest of our stay, we made most of it chilling indoors and exploring what the rest of Whitefish had to offer.  Luckily for us, the Whitefish Winter Carnival was happening that same weekend, which allowed us to celebrate this annual festival with many of the locals & tourists.

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Whitefish

Last weekend a group of friends and I crossed the border down to Whitefish, Montana for our annual ski trip.  I've been to Whitefish for the past 8 years and the snow has always been spectacular.  Unfortunately the forecast called for rain that weekend.  Despite the drizzle of rain, we were able to strap on the ski gear and hit the slopes for the day.  The conditions were wet and slushy for sure, but that didn't stop us from hitting a few jumps and exploring the mountain.

Procrastinate Now

Welcome to Procrastinate Now

Procrastination is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the "last minute" before the deadline. ~ Wikipedia

That's what this is all about. This is a place where we (Frances and Julian) can take a break from our normal day to day routines to express something about ourselves and share our experiences around the city of Calgary and any other places that we happen to venture out too. Hope you all enjoy our stories and what's to come....