After two days of being up at 4:45 a.m., I feel like I am slacking and sleeping in today. It’s almost 7 a.m.
Today we are heading to Heritage Park. I haven’t been there since I was in Grade 4. Much as stayed the same but a lot has changed. That was so long ago that the school I attended for Grade 4 has closed.
Before we go to Heritage Park, I need to take Mark to Chinook Centre so we can hit up the Apple Store and he can get a new iPod Nano. His died and then I leant him my old iPod Touch which he then dropped. So here we go again. I wonder if he can get an Otter Box for it.
Oliver doesn’t know there is a Lego store in that mall but I can’t see us walking by it and not going in.
After that it is to the park where we will wander around aimlessly and eat homemade food, ride a steam engine, take a cruise on a paddle wheeler, and see how Calgary was once.
Another obscenely early morning around here. Wendy posted late last night about the trip out here.
I am waiting for the crew to get ready before we head downstairs to grab breakfast and then hit the road to Banff National Park today. We are taking the old highway through Cochrane along a winding road to Canmore. From there we will make a quick detour into Banff for some fresh bread and food before heading to Johnston Canyon where will hike the trail to the second large waterfall. It isn’t so much of a hike then a stroll. It’s also a great place to people watch as there are tourists from all over the globe there and they are fascinated by a lot of things (like squirrels) that we find mundane.
From there we are heading to a picnic area called Sawback where we will have a quick picnic lunch, then proceed up the Bow Valley Parkway until we get to Lake Louise. Along the way we are checking out a campground that we plan to stay at next year. It looks good online but it’s always nice to see it first hand.
After we explore the Chateau Lake Louise, we are heading back to Banff where the Banff Gondola and Cave and Basin National Historic site wait for us. After dinner the plan is to see the Bow Falls chill out (or warm up) in the Upper Banff Hot Springs before heading back to Calgary.
The Cave and Basin National Historic Site is one of my favourite spots on earth. I loved going there as a kid and I can’t wait until I can show Wendy, Mark, and Oliver the site. As for the Chateau Lake Louise, it was there that I proposed to Wendy so it will be fun heading back there.
For Oliver’s Birthday, we went and hiked the Gift of Green Nature Trail in Pike Lake Provincial Park. The nature trail starts at the interpretive centre located beside the campground office. The nature trail follows a 1.5 km loop and winds through an aspen woodland, a swamp, over shortgrass prairie and across sand dunes.
We walked in the late afternoon and it was a great trail to walk. Pike Lake has gotten a lot nicer in the last several years and this is a great addition to the park.
Oliver turns 7 today which means he was up early opening his birthday gifts and basically celebrating his day.
We picked him up a moon chair. He thinks it is so awesome that he is worried that we will all be jealous because our chairs aren’t as cool as his. Not sure he has to be worried but I am glad he likes it.
We had picked up three 1 litre Nalgene water bottles for Wendy, Mark and I. Oliver was less then thrilled he didn’t get one. I picked up a 500 ml bottle for him at Atmosphere so now he is thrilled. We also got him a fanny pack because a) he wanted one b) I will mock him about it for his entire life.
We also got him an Avenger’s book, a Saskatchewan Roughriders jersey, a hacky sack, and a headlamp.
Tonight, we are off to Pike Lake for a hike and then back for late evening pizza and cake.