Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Of course, one of the great pleasures is eating together; good food, good company -a winning combination. After supper we walked down to Dinner Bay and watched the sun set over the water.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Mom and me.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Harv bought great speakers ($5. each), a ride on lawn mower and a fun remote controlled dune buggy for the boys in the first half hour. The lawn mower was just like our 2 year old one at home but this one was only $25. It wasn't running but Harv put 2 hours of work into it and now it runs like new. So Dave has a great Lawn mower now! He also found a bicycle for Dave. I had to laugh when Chris said, "I love going garage sale-ing with Dad, He's SOoo out of control!" Harv and Chris both come by it honestly as Harv's Mom was a dyed- in- the- wool garage saler. Chris found everything on her list and I found a lovely depression glass vase and a set of brand new mixing bowls, in exactly the sizes I needed.
Harv had brought along a shark kite he'd found in Palm Springs for the boys. They put it together and gave it an inaugural flight.
As you can see, we had great weather all weekend. The wind was a little on the cool side on Saturday but Sunday was glorious. Sunny and warm. We spent the afternoon at friends of Dave and Chris - the men did some skeet shooting and we girls/ladies, soaked up the sun and watched the kids play.
Monday brought Grandson E's first soccer game. What fun! Of course, Grandma got a little carried away and had to be reminded to pipe down a few times. He scored 2 of the 3 goals so she was pretty pumped. Number 6 in red is the one to cheer for.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
We took the Coquihalla and Yellowhead Highways heading through Jasper, Hinton and just before Edmonton we spent the night at the Pembina River Provincial Park. and It was still closed for the season but we were able to find a quiet alcove just beside the main gate and spent the night there. The next day we visited the Sundance Power plant where Harv had a scheduled meeting before heading north to Fort McMurray.
There were pockets of snow still piled in sheltered spots and many of the lakes and rivers in northern BC and Alberta were still frozen. In Jasper we drove through a snow shower but after that we only had one or two nights of below freezing temperatures. The sun shone with more warmth each day - even up in Fort McMurray and by the time we got to Saskatchewan, we were shedding our jackets and long pants. Coming home we braved 2 degree temperatures on the Coquihalla and met the inevitable rain that the Lower Mainland believes is necessary to Spring.
Our camping spot beside the Athabasca River in Fort McMurray.
We had to pull right over several times to let these gigantic loads go by. They take up almost the whole 4 lanes. Everything about the Oil Sands is on an incredibly LARGE scale.
After several days we left Fort McMurray and headed east again. As we traveled the road between Lloyminster and North Battleford, we enjoyed the wide open vistas of fields - some still in their winter dormancy and others being tilled and seeded. Even here, the equipment is large. Farmers till, seed and spread fertilizer all in one go and the tractors and equipment dwarf any other vehicle on the road.
We have passed this little Ukrainian Orthodox church many times. It is in the town of Krydor which we drive past to get to our daughter's home. I love the silver dome and have often wanted to stop and look inside. We have been inside a similar church nearby which stands on a small hill above open prairie. It has not been used now for many years and it stands as a museum and memorial to the many Ukranian families that settled in this area. The doors are open and anyone can go inside where the candlesticks and table linens still adorn the communion table and the priests vestements still hang in an adjoining room.
We spent 4 days at our Daughter's home in Saskatchewan before heading west again. I'll share a few pictures and stories of our time there on my next post.