We are in Calgary right now and staying in the Best Western Plus Calgary Centre hotel. Here is how we got here.
This morning at 5:50 a.m. we got up, drove to Tim Horton’s for some mocha chinos. After caffeinating up (and listening to Jordon complain about Tim Horton’s coffee), we left Saskatoon and were on the Saskatchewan Highway 7 through Rosetown, Kindersley & Alsask by 5:00 a.m. We then met Alberta Highway 9 which took us through Oyen, Hanna, and Drumheller.
Unlike previous trips to Calgary which generally start with a greasy Egg McMuffin breakfast at McDonald’s on 22nd (and followed by stomach ache until Hanna), I made a healthy breakfast, made fresh coffee and tea, and basically did a much better job of planning.
The boys were fine. They both have go-bags, inspired by Lifehacker. In Oliver’s bag was his Nintendo DS, binoculars, an iPod and headphones, a new book to read, his flashlight, camera, water bottle, and a notebook and pen. He was good the entire trip, even when his DS ran out of battery life.
Jordon and I have them as well. Mine included my iPod, headphones, flashlight, binoculars, book, magazine, pens, iPad and a notebook. Jordon’s was similar but like Mark, he has a monocular. It really makes travelling a lot easier. For loading the car yesterday, we had two duffle bags, three camera bags, a small cooler with cold drinks and the four go-bags. Other than coffee mugs this morning, everything was ready to go.
We stopped at Drumheller to let Oliver take a run in the padding pool and for Mark and Oliver to run up the dinosaur’s butt. When we went through three years ago, Oliver took a look at the giant T-Rex and realized that those stairs went “up his butt” and immediately had second thoughts. Since then has become more comfortable with the idea.
The break was good for both Mark and Oliver. Jordon was thinking ahead and had Oliver travel in his swimming trunks. After he dried off, we pushed onto Horseshoe Canyon where we stopped again and took some photos and let the boys take it in.
After that it was on to Calgary.
We had timed the trip to be both leisurely (which it was) and to coincide with us arriving in Calgary in time to check in at the hotel. After talking our stuff inside (camera and duffle bags), we took the LRT from the hotel to downtown.
We were checking out MEC and The Camera Store when Jordon got a DM from Dave King asking if we had supper plans. We did not so we met him at The King and I, a Thai restaurant in downtown Calgary. The food and service were amazing.
We walked with Dave back to the the Calgary Tower. Oliver loves the Calgary Tower more than anywhere else and he still thinks it was amazing. It was incredibly busy but we walked around, tempted fate by standing on the glass floor and then made our way to The Bow.
The Bow was amazing. I could have stood in that square all day long taking photos and just taking it in.
We were going to go to the Peace Bridge but Oliver was melting down. He had been up since 5 a.m., didn’t sleep for a second on the trip and had nothing left. So we took the CTrain back to the hotel and let the boys wind down after a long day.
We will head back downtown to explore The Bow and the Peace Bridge early on Sunday morning before we go to the Calgary Zoo.