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Home [Aug. 18th, 2016|12:52 pm]
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Didn't leave quite enough time to get through the Calgary airport without stress. Most of the extra time I left was wasted driving in circles looking for a gas station, after the one we'd noticed on the way out turned out to be a truck stop, which, while it sold gasoline, only sold it to Petro-Pass cardholders. Rental car return was smooth, but then there were huge lines. And the kiosk for printing boarding passes wouldn't take my passport so I had to stand in the checkin line. They did the usual trick of grabbing people whose flight was soon and taking them to the front of the line, but it definitely added to the stress level. The security line was about 20-25 minutes. We made it to the gate before they called our zone, but only barely.

Change in Montreal: we followed signs to our gate, which was behind U.S. customs. Followed signs that said "U.S. Correspondences/Connections". We went down a long long hallway with many turns, well signed, but there was nobody else with us. It was eerie. I had been getting slightly nervous about whether we were going the right way, despite the signs. Humans as herd animals... Then we emerged into a huge customs lineup area, which was completely deserted except for a few customs agents and maybe one or two other passengers. Very bizarre! Needless to say, we made our connection with plenty of time to spare!
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hikes [Aug. 16th, 2016|10:16 pm]
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Yesterday and today we spent in the mountains. Yesterday we hiked up to Paget Lookout to find a geocache. Unlike many previous geocaches, this one was not too hard. And the view of Wapta Lake was very nice. We also drove up Bow Valley Parkway and stopped at Johnston Creek where there is a nice waterfall. There were a thousand people there - probably literally, as we saw a sign that said they get about a million visitors a year! Dinner in Lake Louise and overnight in Saskatchewan River Crossing.

Today was icefields day. We spent the $80CDN for the ice buggy tour to stomp on the glacier. Drank some runnoff water. Guides tell us we will be forever young now.

The tour includes this walk called the glacier view, but it is really a valley view. A glass bottomed structure jutting out over the valley a several km drive below the glacier end with some random interpretive signs. Nice view, nice hack, not really worth it.

Drove up the road to the glacier toe reading the little signs that say "glacier was here in 1940", then drove to a nearby trailhead and walked partway to Wilcox Pass, where there was a nice view of the glacier from a different angle. We could see many ice buggies and their loads of tourists.

Back towards Banff, stopping at another easy geocache. Packing up for the airplane trip tomorrow. Ken will stay for a conference and we'll see him in a week.
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paleontology [Aug. 14th, 2016|07:52 pm]
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Today we went to the royal Tyrell museum of paleontology. It was very good. Lots of exhibits, well presented. Geology is fascinating there. A river has carved out a canyon and the layers of rock are beautiful. Quick erosion makes new dinosaur finds happen every year. They must have tons of stuff in storage.

We took a walk on a trail near the museum, and drove to see some formations called hoodoos.

We tried for two geocaches. Found one with too much bushwhacking. Geocachers seem to think it should be harder to find these things than I think they should be. The second one we punted on when it seemed we were going to walk for a while in a mosquito ridden riverbed. We'd already gotten bit enough at the other cache.
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Trip [Aug. 13th, 2016|11:07 pm]
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We are in calgary after some tense moments in toronto wondering of we were going to make our connection.  Off to royal tyrell dinosaur museum tomorrow.

Strangely i am not getting the predictive typing kbd with this posting app.

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biking trip [Aug. 12th, 2016|10:40 pm]
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Well, no, not really.

I biked the round trip from/to work this week,
Tues 25.77 with a headwind in 2:28 for an average of 10.4
Weds 26.29 in 2:12 for a record-setting average of 11.9, maybe there was a tailwind but I don't remember it being huge.

Perry and Ken and I are going to Banff for 3 days before Ken stays for a conference and Perry and I come home. I think I have everything I need. Credit card, check. Passport, check. What more do you need? Well, a lot of things, but Perry and I are managing it with carry-on only. Ken has to check a bag, partly because you can't carry hiking poles on. So I'm leaving him with my poles when we depart, so as not to have to check on the way home just for that.

I'm guessing that trying to send Jocelyn a postcard from Canada to Smirkus won't get there in time. Maybe from the Toronto airport if we find a vendor that will sell us stamps and has a mail drop. I'll bring her address just in case. By the time we get to Calgary it'll be after 6pm, so that would be a Monday postcard and I don't think there's time.

We return late Wednesday night, have Thursday to recover, and Friday we drive up to VT to pick up Jocelyn at Smirkus.

Smirkus pix:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/smirkuscamp/sets/72157672054635656/page1
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cars, bikes, kids [Aug. 7th, 2016|10:28 pm]
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Ken's crazy friend Jesse is always organizing something for the New England Electric Auto Assn, and today's was at a shopping center only 5 miles from our house. I agreed to bring the Leaf. I didn't want to hang out for hours (god it was boring just for 15-20 minutes at a time!) so I brought my bicycle and went for a 19 mile ride. Average 11.1, so not too bad, but not any hills to speak of. Ya know, a little up-and-down, but nothing seriously steep or long. The grocery store got some of my money. Then I went home.

Jocelyn is at Smirkus. Ken and Valerie dropped her off this afternoon. They'll drive back home tomorrow morning. Valerie and I and maybe Perry will drive up and get her on the 19th. "Four long hours of driving for one short show at the circus..." 8 hours, really, cuz we have to come back too. We might stay overnight somewhere on the way back. Unfortunately it will be a Friday, so a motel room it may be hard to come by, up in the White Mountains...
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Too much activity [Aug. 1st, 2016|09:25 pm]
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We had our party. Slow start cuz of the rain, but then the rain stopped, so we actually did stuff outdoors. Set up Jocelyn's silks rig and taught many people the thigh-squashing flip. I ended up doing it thrice this weekend (twice at a party on Saturday, which is why the rig wasn't set up...) and I have bruises. Jocelyn is not sympathetic.

Then I led the charge to the lake, and gave six people (including me) waterski rides, and six people tube rides. Dumped two of them in the drink because they had their weight too far forward on the tube, and it did a nosedive, which put too much strain on the aging rope and it snapped. Fortunately at one end so I could just tie the knot a couple feet closer and no one was the wiser. Except the two 8-year-olds who were pretty terrified. They watched another set of kids tube, though, and then they were ready to try again and a good time was had by all. Fewer people than usual came, but I'm OK with that -- I get to actually know who's there. And parking is less of a nightmare. I got to play two games, many people helped with cleanup.

Today, then, the final houseguest left, on bicycle, so I "had" to deliver the car and then ride home from work.

25.82 miles in 2:22:21 for an average of 10.8. I thought I was doing pretty well at various times, but I had started out really slow through the park. It was cold! 75 and cloudy. Well, maybe not actually cold, but at least, not hot. I got clammy. Ew.

In the bad news department, Perry got a brand new big razor scooter for his birthday, and this evening it was pinched from the community center porch while he was at chess club. We reported it to the cops in case some parent discovers their kid having a scooter they ought not to and reports it found...
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Food art [Jul. 31st, 2016|08:14 am]
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I made Jocelyn a birthday cake. But it was impossible to get out of the pan and it crumbled horribly, and there was just not going to be any frosting it. So I made another cake. I think my crumbly problem was caused by using half whole wheat flour. The "not getting out of the pan" may have been caused by trying to get it out while it was too hot, damaging it, and then having it just work badly when I tried after it was cool. So, oh well. I made another cake, no WW flour, and cutting an aluminum foil circle for the bottom of the pan. This worked great.

However, we were then left with crumbly cake. Various people started nibbling on it. Then, they got artistic... The "energy pellets" are from an apple cake I made the other day.



The eventual disposition of the cake is to make into "cake-pops". Not sure this is going to work -- we didn't have any lollipop sticks, so I used popsicle sticks from my giant crafts collection (not to worry -- I washed them!) A few of them started to separate from the sticks when I put them in the freezer. They may end up being "donut holes" instead...
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The heat agrees with me [Jul. 28th, 2016|09:17 am]
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Tuesday, high 91. Wednesday, high 93. Left the car at work and rode the round trip anyway.

tues 25.66 from work in 2:17:27 for an average of 11.1
weds 25.98 to work in 2:18:38 for an average of 11.2

It's the thinner air, I tell ya. Easier to push through.
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One down, two to go. [Jul. 25th, 2016|07:02 pm]
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Perry's birthday party is done. We took cake to the chess club, and sang and had cake. I'll go back to pick him up and finish cleanup in an hour when chess club is over.

Jocelyn's birthday party is this weekend. We'll do boat things with a few of her friends.

Then we'll have our big summer bash on Sunday. Kind of stressful to do it back-to-back, but we'll cope. We always do.

Jocelyn goes away to Circus Smirkus camp on Aug 7. We went to see the big top tour show in Waltham yesterday. Man those kids are good!!! I don't know if Jocelyn is/can be that good. Maybe, if she works at it.
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