Next year

Jordon, Mark, and I have been working on plans for next year in the mountains.

The trip was split into two because:

  1. We can’t take the dog on the bus to Lake O’Hara.  Also, she hates heights and some of the rock ledges make me nervous, I don’t want to fight a dog on those staircases carved into mountains.  We are going to try to hike the Lake O’Hara circuit as a family.
  2. The trip was going to be too long and too jam packed to do it in one extended trip.

So the plan is to pick up Mark on his last day of school and drive out to Calgary and then Lake Louise for the night.  Camp and then head to Lake O’Hara for the first bus at 8:00 a.m.  We will camp up there and spend two nights and get in three solid days of hiking up there.  Jordon and I really want to complete the Lake O’Hara Circuit.

Then in August we will be a little more comfortable and start at Lake Louise again as a base camp and spend some time hiking around Lake Louise and Yoho before heading towards Jasper, hiking as we go.

That didn’t work out at all

So today was supposed to be a fun trip up to Waskesiu and Prince Albert National ParkMark had to work and so it was just going to be Oliver, Jordon and I.  We got to just past Rosthern and Jordon goes, “Umm, did you grab the Parks Canada pass?”  Doh!  No I had forgotten.  I did grab my camera strap though.  I’m not saying forgetting the Parks Canada pass was my fault but I am the one that has a special spot for it in a special envelope and always says, “I’m responsible for the Park pass.”   So let’s blame Jordon for this one.

So we turned around and headed back and then debated do we wait until Mark is done at 3:30 p.m. and then go for dinner or go next Sunday.  Since the Angry Taco is now closed and for sale, we just decided to get up early next Sunday and then the four of us go then.   Also, after reading several reviews that say that the Angry Taco is a horrible place to eat, I am starting to think I idealized in my memories how good it was.

For those of you who don’t know, Jordon and I vacationed in Waskesiu a year after I we were married.  This is when Jordon told me the big lie.  He told me that Lake Waskesiu is warm like a tropical lake and to jump right in.  It’s not.  It is a northern lake that is deep and cold and did I mention it is cold.  I almost killed him.

Last Thanksgiving when we had an amazing picnic on a secluded beach in Waskesiu, we all waded into the water.  It was beyond cold and brought back all sorts of cold memories.  Hopefully it is nice next weekend and if it is, I’ll brave it.

Also Jordon one time told Mark that he had an older brother Dad who was eaten by the Loch Ness Monster’s Canadian cousin, “Lockie” while on the breakwater at Waskesiu.  Mark didn’t buy it but when he came home and asked his Uncle Lee if had an older brother who had been eaten by a monster and Lee said, “Dan.  We miss him a lot.”  So Dan is kind of like Kenny from South Park.  He has died a lot of different ways on a lot of family trips.  The guys are so weird.

So with some suddenly free time, we came home and finalized our Christmas gifts.  The bad news is with Mark reading this blog daily (Hi Mark!) and Oliver being able to read, I can’t blog about what I am going to get them.  Well bad for Mark and Oliver that is.

Marley at Lake Louise

Marley at Lake Louise.  Photo by Mark Cooper

This is Marley just after she decided to join Jordon on a rock that was just off the path in Lake Louise.  She found out that her often useful claws don’t work on slick rocks and fell right in.  As she tried to extract herself from the water, she fell in again and for good measure, one more time.  The other tourists loved it and the entire episode was well covered by everyone else other than ourselves.  Credit to Mark for the great photo.

The weekend

  • Dinner tonight is Beer Can Chicken.  I haven’t made it in a while.
  • Today’s project was to prime some exterior windows and my front door.  Mission Accomplished.
  • I also found some time to get a new watch battery for Jordon’s Invicta but no luck on a new watch strap for his Casio that Marley chewed.  To the internet for that.   Changing the battery took soooooooooo loooooooooong.  Jordon was at work so I was texting him to waste time.  So glad I have an unlimited texting plan.
  • The boulevard that a city contractor tore up last year but didn’t reseed is coming along nicely but I had to Killex it today.  It is a bright green and looks good but the rest of the boulevard looks like crap even when fertilized, watered, and mowed.  That is part of the master plan.  The city planted really poor grass seed on the westside compared to what they planted on the eastside for decades.  Along the side of the house, we had to reseed much of it over the first few years and the new grass has spread a little each year.  That is the plan along the front of the house.  In 20 years or so it should look great for some other owner.
  • We are redecorating our living room.  We replaced the sailing photos and art that had been there for years with some vintage Canadian Pacific Railways travel posters.  We had them mounted on Gatorfoam and then on the walls.  Along with that, we have had some amazing travel photos printed at Don’s Photo from over the years that we are framing and mounting.  It’s a fun job and it is always nice to see some photos by you and of you mounted on the walls.
  • We are heading to Prince Albert National Park and Waskesiu tomorrow.  No real agenda.  After a long week around here, just looking to get away.   I plan to walk into the warm healing waters of Waskesiu Lake.  Wait?  It’s cold and freezing?  Maybe I’ll just ice cream.

How to Age Gracefully (And Still Kick Ass)

I like these tips

How to Age Gracefully (And Still Kick Ass)

The London Games in 2012, Natalie Coughlin won a bronze medal in the 4×100 relay. The third-place finish brought her Olympic medal count to 12 (three of them gold), tying her with swimmers Jenny Thompson and Dara Torres for the most medals won by an American woman. The Rio Games will be the 33-year-old’s fourth Olympics. With her eyes on the record as she competes in the 100-meter backstroke, freestyle, and freestyle relay, she’s learned to ­focus more than ever on the little things. 

Shut Eye: “As I’ve gotten older, sleep has become more essential. I’ve started using earplugs, and I kick the dogs out of the bed. They were hurting the quality of sleep I got. It was hard on all of us.”

Nap Time: “I hate naps, but I force myself to take one for an hour and a half most days. I’m at the pool at 5 a.m., and though I can function on six hours of sleep, I need eight or nine to be at my best.” 

Need a Lift: “I’ve started lifting weights a lot more, usually for two hours, four days a week. I do Olympic lifting, squats, deadlifts, and pull-ups. I’ve even added weight exercises in the water. Sometimes I’ll swim with 14 pounds strapped around my lower back. It’s helped me gain power and prevent injuries.” 

Alternative Medicine: “I’ve done cupping therapy for about eight years. The cups suction the skin and fascia away from the muscle, so it increases blood flow and accelerates muscle healing.”

Green Thumb: “I have a big garden with herbs, fruits, and vegetables. And I keep chickens. It ensures that I eat healthy, but picking vegetables and gath­ering eggs also helps relax me.” 

Compress and Decompress: “About 18 months ago, I made a $1,500 investment in a pair of NormaTec compression sleeves. They’re hooked up to a battery and squeeze your limbs like a massage. I use them for anywhere from 20 minutes to two hours while I’m watching TV.” 

Mind Training: “I visualize a lot. I visualize what the ready room looks like, the walk up, the race. The mind is a muscle that needs to be trained, and that’s something I’ve worked on as I’ve gotten older. I can be highly focused now for hours on end, but it takes tons of practice.”

Around here…

  • Jordon and I started talking about our 2017 holidays with Mark while in Banff.  Jordon posted the early version of what is up here.
  • Our sleeping bags weren’t warm enough so we picked up some 4 pound bags for next year.  The ground is cold in the mountains even if the air is warm.  Some nights the air was cool as well.
  • We are upgrading our towels to microfibre camp towels.  They take up far less space.
  • I suggested to Jordon that instead of getting a coffee press, he uses one of my travel tea presses.  Big mistake.  He was chewing on coffee grounds.  He went and bought himself a GSI Outdoors Coffee Press.  Finer filter, no grounds. 
  • We have a new sofa and loveseat.  Marley is struggling with the concept that she isn’t allowed up.
  • I like this photo Mark took of Jordon.

Jordon Cooper walks along the Lake Louise shore

  • We are heading up to Waskesiu for Thanksgiving.  If it is nice we will camp up there in there in the solitude.
  • Some tips I will need as I am getting older, how to age better.

Foil Pack Nacho Cream Cheese Dip Recipe

I made this on Thursday night while camping for all of us.  It was a big hit and takes almost no prep time.

Ingredients:

  • 2 sheets of tin foil wrappers
  • 1 250 g container of  Philadalphia Herb & Garlic Cream Cheese
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • diced tomato
  • sliced green onion

Directions

  • Turn the cream cheese over and let it slide out on the double layer of tin foil
  • To cream cheese, add 3/4 cup of salsa and diced tomatoes and sliced green onions right on top of the cream cheese like a tower.
  • Wrap up in foil and make sure the ends are rolled up to stop cheese from leaking into fire.
  • Place foil packet on a hot bbq or grate of your fire for 10-15 minutes.  When it is warm & melted it is ready to take off the fire.

Use your favorite chips (nacho) and serve.

Day 4 in Banff and Yoho National Parks

We got up early on our last day and the big news was that Jordon finally felt better.  His fever had receded and had his own energy back.  We briefly talked about hiking up to Lake Agnes Tea House but I really wanted to see Moraine Lake.

I should say that we had seen two bears so far.  We saw a Bear Jam over a Black Bear on Monday with people taking selfies and such.  Jordon said that there should be a new rule.  If you take a selfie with a bear and it mauls you, you lose your health insurance.  Then on the way to the Castle Mountain Resort’s confectionary, we saw a large grizzly bear.  After reading about it, I think it was The Boss (he later confirmed that it was on Twitter…. smarter than the average bear) but it was another total mess of a bear jam with people leaving their cars on the highway and running out to get close ups of a grizzly bear.  People are so stupid.

The day before, I finally saw a Black Bear while driving into Banff.  As we were driving along the Bow Valley Parkway, a bear poked his head up over the guard rail and I saw it up close.  We kept driving as it was on a tight corner and I couldn’t stop but I was so happy, I had my own bear sighting.  Well, Jordon and the boys saw it too but who cares about them right?  It was my bear and I was happy.

So we headed up to Moraine Lake and as we headed up the road, there was a big “Road Closed” sign.  We were going to head back but a Parks Canada dude waved us by the sign so we kept going.  I am not sure why he didn’t wave some others by but we kept driving.  We got up there, found a parking spot and it was everything I had dreamt it would be.

We hiked the entire trail to either a really quaint and peaceful waterfall or a stream that ran at a downward slant.  Either way it was fun.

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After getting back to the trailhead, Jordon took me up the Moraine Lake Lodge Gift Shop and get me a great Moraine Lake t-shirt.  Mark went up there and got me two mini black bears, one holding the letter W and the other one holding the letter C.  They are cute.  Apparently my pleasure at spotting a bear up close was well known.

After getting into the car, we drove back down the mountain to Lake Louise, dropped by Laggan’s Mountain Bakery and Delicatessen and instead of turning back east towards Banff, Jordon went west and we headed into British Columbia and Yoho National Park.

As we decended the famous Cathedral Mountain on the Trans Canada Highway, we saw the Spiral Tunnels that the Canadian Pacific Railway used to extend the run and lower the grade for trains going east and west.

The Spiral Tunnels in British Columbia's Yoho National Park

Then it was off to the Natural Bridge which Jordon was sure was in Kootenay National Park was thrilled to find it Yoho.

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From there we drove to Takakkaw Falls.  Jordon has never been to Yoho and neither had I.  He asked me for directions and my cell phone only worked for a moment.  Jordon glanced at it and said, “okay, let’s go” but I wasn’t sure where to go and got really stressed and anxious.  I need to trust Jordon’s ability to glance at a map and go as for me, I need to really understand it.

Either way we had the most amazing drive I have ever been on with insane switch backs, roads damaged from falling rocks from above, and some of the most amazing scenery I have ever seen.  We also ran into another spiral tunnel.  Then we got to the falls.  They are the most amazing thing I have ever seen.  I’ll never forget them.

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My battery was dead at this point so I will wait to Jordon edits his photos and I’ll link to them.  It was an amazing day and one I’ll never forget.  Jordon’s ability to make a plan A on family trips and then pull out a plan B or Plan C at a moments notice amazes me and makes trips so much fun.  On the way back he said, “Umm, we kind of wrecked next year’s vacation as I had planned to do some of these things then.”  I’m sure we will have lot’s of other ideas.

We headed back to Johnston Canyon Campground for some dinner and snacks and started to pack up for the drive home the next morning.  We got home late Friday night and unpacked the car.  Today is spent cleaning and putting stuff away.  Well that and editing and posting a lot of photos online.

Day 3 in Banff National Park

Wednesday started with a shock.  At 4:45 a.m. Jordon and I were sleeping soundly when we were awaken by something sniffing around.  Marley was sleeping with her head on Jordon’s shoulder (she’s a baby who manipulates us) and she woke up, sniffed, and almost buried herself in Jordon.  We then heard snarling and growling.  It was not an elk.

Wolf Warning Poster at the Johnston Canyon Campground

It was a wolf that was sniffing within inches of us.  So yeah, this warning poster that was up all over the place was pretty accurate.

That got the adrenaline going.  I saw it walk by the picnic table and then move into the campground.  So seconds after the giant wolf leaves, Jordon goes, “I need to reply to a text that Darren [Hill] sent last night”.  He then sends back a reply.

Later that day, he goes to me, “You know that if that wolf had eaten me, the last four people who I had contact other than you and the boys were all Saskatoon City Council members.  What a way to go.”  Zach Jeffries had invited Jordon and I to the Ward 10 barbecue, Pat Lorje had emailed Jordon, Darren Hill had texted, and Ann Iwanchuk had tweeted about Johnston Canyon.  It was pretty funny.  Well only funny because the wolf didn’t attack anyone.

For those of you who don’t know, the manager at Don’s Photo in Saskatoon is Glen Grambo.  His wife Becky has a book on wolves that is according to others is really good.  Jordon kept saying he needed to pick one up for a couple of months before the trip but never did.  So he is laying there after texting Darren and goes, “I really should have picked up the book and read it before now.”  I was like, “Yeah, I need to read it too.”

If I had any doubt in what I saw, that would have been laid to rest by Parks Canada staff and other campers who were all talking about the wolf.  EVERYONE saw it.

We had breakfast (this Salmon Scrambled Eggs recipe is amazing) and then rushed up Sulphur Mountain where Jordon dropped Oliver and I off to get tickets for the Banff Gondola.  It wasn’t busy but PCL is working on the Gondola so they had half of the parking lot.  Jordon and Mark parked just past the Rimrock Resort Hotel and walked up with Marley.  Yes, we brought Marley on the Gondola.

Marley made more friends in line for the Gondola.  All of the kids were running up to her for a quick pat and occasionally a lick or a wagging tail to the face.  Of course the big question was how was she going to be on the Gondola?

Jordon had Mark pick her up at the last minute and carry her on.  I am sure Marley wasn’t thrilled with that but she was fine on the way up (where she didn’t look down) and the way down where she seemed fascinated at the journey.

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Mark, Oliver, and I walked across the boardwalk to Sanson’s Peak.  The wind was cool and we were freezing the entire time.  Mark was near death as he forgot his hoodie.  He went ahead, took some photos and then rushed back to Marley who had made bunch of new friends, this time from Australia and Germany.  There were children to entertain and be pet by.  Of course there were more selfies with strangers.  For a dog that isn’t overly friendly, she looked like she was on a campaign trail according to Mark and Jordon.

After we got back to the car, we drove down Sulphur Mountain and went into Banff and explored Main Street.  Jordon wasn’t feeling good and his blood sugar was low and he walked into Skoki’s Waffle and Frozen Yogurt and ordered a Montreal Smoked Meat Crepe because it was the only thing close that wasn’t a McDonald’s.

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They also had some horseradish mayo for it and the combination was amazing.  Jordon immediately felt better and I ordered one for Oliver and Mark.  I also ordered a variation of it for myself but I had spinach with mine.  It was one of the best things I have ever tasted.

We did some shopping.  I bought Jordon a historical Canadian Pacific poster at Banff Mountain Art Gallery.  Mark got him some 5×7 prints of posters from About Canada.

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We gave Oliver some money and he got a rubber band pistol and Mark bought him a Parks Canada t-shirt.  He was happy.  The guys got me some ear rings while out shopping which was great fun.

Mark wanted a t-shirt and ended up with three, including a great North Face one.  Everyone was happy.

We called it a day and had a nice dinner back at the campground.  We had planned to have dinner in Banff but with Marley and her fans in tow, it was impossible.

On the way back to the campground, Jordon took a different turn and took us up to Mount Norquay to check out some of Banff National Park’s famed red chairs.  On the way up (and down), we met his fella.

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We got up there and as we were parking a car stops and yells at Jordon.  The topic?  What kind of dog is Marley?  How old is she?  Is she part pit bull? (no she isn’t as far as we know)  Can we pet her? (sure, everyone else is).  So weird.

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Later that night, Jordon and I finally made it into Banff and took advantage of the Banff Upper Hot Springs.  It was busy and kinda fun but nothing really worth writing home about.  There was one couple of teens who sat in a corner reading the entire time.  A bear could have jumped into the water and they would not have noticed it unless he got their books wet.

We went home, cleaned the campsite (it was clean already) and then Jordon laid a stick and our hatchet beside the door of the tent.  We never did see the wolf again but if it did come back and was aggressive, we would had a chance.

For Jordon, he wasn’t worried about us, it the dog either taking off petrified or Marley taking a stand and dying.  Either way he wanted a plan.

Day 2 in Banff National Park

Tuesday morning started pretty normal.  We got up early to beat the crowds to Lake Louise parking lots and from there were going to hike up to Lake Agnes Tea House.  We went down to the shore of the lake, fought past the tourists, and took some photos of a very overcast Lake Louise.

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Jordon looked like crap the entire morning.  It was cool and he was running a high fever.  He walked about 100 meters up towards the tea house and said, “I’m out.”  He was covered in sweat and exhausted.  The infection in his leg wipes him out when they take him off his antibiotics.  It wasn’t his fault but he was paying the cost.  So we went back to the shore to take some more photos.  Jordon and Mark took most of them but there was a great moment when Jordon decided to leap onto a rock in the lake.  Marley hates water with a passion.  She always has but for some reason she decided to join him but slipped off and crashed into the glacier cold water below.  She then couldn’t figure out what to do next without getting even wetter.  Meanwhile all of these Asian tourists had gathered around to laugh at her and take photos.  She finally gets out and shimmies to get the water off her which brought up a roar of laughter from all of these tourists.  They then all wanted photos and selfies with Marley who seemed to ham it up.  She was a big hit with the traveling paparazzi. 

From there we went down the mountain to Laggan’s Mountain Bakery & Delicatessen.

Laggan's Mountain Bakery and Delicatessan The food was amazing.  Jordon had a massive slice of pizza, I had a Jamaican Patty.  Mark had a giant samosa and Oliver had a big pizza bagel. 

From there we drove to Banff and tooled around a bit before calling it a night and some dinner at the campground.  After dinner Jordon and I had plans to go to the Upper Banff Hot Springs but a transformer blew heading up Sulphur Mountain so it was closed.  Instead we walked around Banff and did some advance scouting for some gifts for the boys.