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Final Trip of 2013: Field!

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Where does time go? It’s hard to believe that Christmas break ended over a week ago. Thankfully, I had a really good Christmas break (unlike last year where I got sick) with lots of family, skiing and good food! Mr. Bean and I even managed to get away for a few days to the cabin we had our honeymoon at in Field, BC. We wanted to improve on our last trip out two years ago, where we were both very grumpy and didn’t have much fun, so this time we were both determined to enjoy ourselves – apparently it helps if you have the mindset of “it’s not the end of the world”! We went cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tromping, enjoyed good food and hung out in front of the fire. Mr. Bean was a champion and skied 16km (10 miles) up Moraine Lake Road despite not having gone skiing in over a year!

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One thing I did get to partake in that I really haven’t in a while, was night photography. Luckily, we had fairly mild weather despite it being mostly cloudy and a new moon (so no sweet moonlight on the mountain photos like a few years ago.) Oh well, I tried to make the best of it with decent results and lots of fun had. I first tromped all over field:

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One interesting thing you can especially see when the moon isn’t around is the colour of various light sources:

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Going right after Christmas with all the coloured lights probably help as well.

We were there for two nights – the first night when I went out, no trains came around, so I was stuck playing with textures, shadows and light in different kinds of motion:

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However, on the second night, a train showed up! (I’m sure my dad would be proud of my excitement).

Field by Night-17Random fact: Did you know that the drivers exit the train from a door on the very front of the locomotive? That makes me incredibly happy.

Maybe it makes me a complete nerd, but it made this photographer very happy to play with motion. Also, I think I provided some amusement for various people as I ran from one side of the village to the other to capture some shots.

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I think I probably spent almost four hours outside and both nights Mr. Bean was already in bed by the time I finally got in. Oh well, totally worth it!

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To make good on the 2013 word of the year: here’s my selfie!

What was the favourite thing that you did over Christmas?

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Skoki Trip

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Upper Skoki Lake with Pika Peak

Have you ever woken up then realized you’ve reached an important milestone in any of your relationships? I did – two weeks ago was my 5th anniversary with Mr. Bean. How did that happen? I guess time flies when you’re having fun!

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Mr. Bean and I Hiking In

To celebrate, we went out to Skoki Lodge in Banff National Park in behind Lake Louise Ski Area. My mom and I backpacked in the area last year – we visited the lodge for tea to dry off after a huge thunderstorm. The funny thing is that it started raining (albeit much lighter than last year) in about the same spot. Fortunately, we didn’t have to hide under a tarp and we got to the lodge before it really started raining.

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Ptarmigan Lake (Click to View Larger Pano Shots)

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Mr. Bean and Ptarmigan Lake

It’s incredibly beautiful up there – wonderful meadows, great views of mountains and turquoise lakes.

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View toward Skoki Lakes

On the second day, we hiked up toward Merlin Ridge. Poor Mr. Bean was sick, so he went back to the Lodge before the lake, but I kept hiking up with a group of ladies who were also staying at the Lodge up to Merlin Ridge.

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Mr. Bean and I with Merlin Ridge and Mt. Richardson in the Background

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Merlin Castle on the Way up to Merlin Ridge

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Merlin Lake – Mt. Richardson is in the background – I totally climbed it last year!

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Looking down the Merlin Valley toward where Skoki Lodge is.

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Hiking toward Merlin Ridge with the Ladies we met at the Lodge

It was really great to get some perspective on the Mountain that I climbed last year – Mt. Richardson. 10,000+ ft is really quite high!

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View from Merlin Ridge toward Merlin Lake – Mt. Richardson on the right.

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At the Top of Merlin Ridge

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Me and Mt. Richardson from Merlin Ridge

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The Ladies I Hiked Up With

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Mt. Richardson with a Cairn

Overall, it was a great trip – excellent food, good company and beautiful hikes despite the periodic rain.

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Mr. Bean and I in front of Skoki Lodge

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A “Fork in the Trail”

On the way out, we hiked past the Skoki Lakes we saw on the way in on the way to Packer’s Pass. It included a bit of scrambling through this cliff band, which was kind of scary but fun! I’m really glad that it wasn’t raining during it and that we were going up not down.

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Mr. Bean looking over the cliff we climbed.

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Our Scramble up the cliff to the Skoki Lakes

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Lower Skoki Lake

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Upper Skoki Lake

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Mr. Bean Scaling Packers Pass

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View Toward Ptarmigan Lake from Packer’s Pass

Have you taken any interesting trips lately?

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Flood Time!

The last two and a half weeks have been whirlwind of craziness – it appears that we had our 100 year flood in Southern Alberta. Fortunately, Mr. Bean and I are safe and our house is fine, but that’s not the case for many, many people in Calgary, High River, Canmore, Exshaw, and many other places, including my parent’s cabin.

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Flood by the Cabin – June 20, 2013

I don’t know if you remember, but a few years ago I posted a photo of from where the flood waters had been in the cabin a few years ago. Here’s the photo showing how high the water had gotten:

Cabin-2If we thought that was bad, it was nothing compared to what happened. Nothing. 2 feet of clean water in the basement? Nothing. Picture the dyke breaking, causing a 3 – 4 foot river to go right past the cabin, with 8 feet of muddy water to fill the basement.

Want to see what it looked like?

We’re one of the lucky ones as the cabin is still standing, unlike two of the neighbour’s houses – one got washed away entirely and the river eroded away at the house’s foundation until it finally collapsed.

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Toward the Cabin

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Toward the houses that were washed away.

We’re also incredibly lucky as the waters didn’t hit the main floor. By the grace of God, the ghost river upstream self diverted, meaning that most of the flow did not go by the cabin, so we weren’t part of the list of people whose places were washed away.

Here’s the aftermath damage photos:

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We have also been lucky that we’ve had the help of many volunteers, the MD and the forestry guys – without them, everything would be covered in feet of mud, tons of trees and look like multiple bombs went off.

And here’s after two steady weeks of work:

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As I mentioned, we weren’t the only people affected. Calgary wasn’t undamaged – I’m still not able to go back to my office building as it flooded and power has yet to be restored. Hundreds of people are still unable to get back into their homes. Here’s a view of the Bow River in Calgary.

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View towards Bowness in Calgary June 21, 2013

The worst may be over, but there is still lots of work to be done. We are lucky that we are safe and not missing a primary place of residence – please pray for all the people in Southern Alberta who have been affected by this flood!

I hope you all are staying safe!

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Earth Hour 2013

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What did you do? We did the cool thing and played crib by candlelight.

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Cross Country Skiing

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View of Kananaskis Lakes from Blueberry Hill

Ever gotten back into something that you used to do a lot?

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Upper Kananaskis Lake – Looking toward the Point and Forks Campgrounds

Cross Country Skiing is that for me. As a kid, we used to go fairly frequently and then I went sporadically as a teenager and adult. However, in the last month, I have gone three times. Mr. Bean and I decided to bite the bullet and upgrade our gear so we’re no longer using secondhand stuff from the 80s. It definitely helps!

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I am so grateful that I live so close to the mountains and have the opportunity to go out and enjoy them – does it make me weird if I want this warm weather to go away so it’ll snow so I can go skiing?

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No twigs or pine needles in my eyes – my safety glasses did their best to replace my broken sunglasses.

Last weekend my mom and I headed out the Peter Lougheed Park and skied up to Blueberry Hill. It was a beautiful and warm day and lucky us got spoiled on the way back – what an amazing sunset to end a fantastic day!

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I tried to adjust the colours so they looked similar to what I actually saw – still is nothing close to the real thing!

Have you gotten back into something after not really doing it for a while?

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