Its been so long since I blogged, it took me a good 10 minutes to remember how to actually post.
A quick few updates:
I moved and feel like a weight was lifted over my shoulders. I had thought that I really liked the place that I lived but in hindsight it seems like the whole place had such a negative vibe about it. While the new place is shared, it has a way of feeling brighter and more fresh.
I started to really get into volunteering. I was lucky enough to help out my friend, Karissa with the M&M Meats Crohn’s and Colitis BBQ. Met a bunch of really cool people and had a really fun time. Marie and I volunteered for the Children’s Festival a bit ago. I think we may have had more fun with those hula hoops than the kids did. I’m also helping with the Alberta Summer Games along with my mom and Melinda. They are still looking for a lot of volunteers, so if you are interested, go sign up! I am helping out at the French Festival this weekend that my friend Marie is organizing . This event features multiple French films ( yes there are subtitles for those who don’t know a word of French like me) throughout the weekend. If you would like more information, please visit : http://www.cinemagine.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=56&Itemid=189&lang=
My other new update is I am DeTeRmiNeD to not sit around on my bum this year. I always feel good after a good days adventure so here is today’s:
Jan & Melinda’s most excellent trip to Waterton:
Since both Melinda and I work for an American company, we had today ( Memorial day )off from work. For the past few days we had been humming and harring about where to go. Frank slide, Head smashed in … We eventually decided to go to Waterton since Melinda hadn’t been there for a while and well I knew they had great ice-cream so I needed no convincing.
We decided to leave at 8:30 am… which meant we left town at 9:30 am. We had some great conversations about well things that girls talk about. We had a brief moment remembering our last most excellent trip as we drove through Cardston. As we got closer to the Waterton, I felt better and better. I thought about how tragic it would be for those who lived in a big city all their life and never knew this place existed, the kind that could knock the busyness out of your life and force you to relax for a minute.
Our first order of business was lunch . We decided on Zum’s. After a long debate with the waitress about how big the coleslaw was and exactly how creamy it was ( * cough Melinda) , Melinda decided on Chicken burger, fries and coleslaw and I on a BLT, fries and coleslaw. If you have a fascination with licence plates, you need to run, not walk to Zum’s. These things are all over the wall. Our food arrived and Melinda put on her judges hat and went to the coleslaw. It was okay. The food overall was good… minus the pickle on the side. You won’t believe me when I tell you this, but it tasted like deer. It was horrible. We may have a pickle scar for life.
We decided to have a look around the stores. It appears to always be Christmas in Waterton with Christmas trees in the back of some stores. Reminded me of Banff and their Christmas store ( if you have been, you know what I’m talking about. We also found some pretty snazzy coats:
We were just about done looking around when we came upon this sign:
As you can imagine, I had questions. How could my neighbour co-worker also be working in Waterton. I text her.. its confirmed LOL. .. kidding of course.
Melinda and I decided it was time for a romantic walk by the lake. We ran into two couples who were attempting to take photos of each other. Melinda, that do gooder offered to take photos of them all together. Ugh she makes me sick someday ..
We decided that we need to go for a hike, but by now we were low on time, what with all our lunching, shopping and photograph taking. Went back to the car and decided on a path.
Ladies and Gentleman, the most unhelpful map.. EVER:
We decided to go to Red Rock Canyon as we had both been before and were sure we had seen this waterfall. We took a left and began up a whindy road. ( ” some ones” directions) I caught Melinda out of the corner of my eye grab onto the hand holder. I think she thought she was going to die with the narrow roads. After 15- 20 minutes of driving, we passed a signed that read ” Crandall Lake”.. you guessed it.. wrong direction.
Not to be defeated we spun around and headed all the way back and down the correct road. Music going, we drove down the funniest, bumpiest road. 15 minutes later, we made it:
I should point out the wild animals that we ran into on our adventure. I had warned Melinda about the bears but I don’t think she took me serious…. we almost died
This little guy was furrocious
By this time, one thing was for sure.. we need icecream ASAP. If you have never had the icecream in Waterton, do it before you did. I hightly suggest the NY cherry cheesecake.
We were just about to leave when we noticed this place. I’ve been to Waterton many times and I have no idea how I didn’t know this place existed ( chocoalte store.. ignore the coffee sign. I did)
We didn’t get a chance to go up the Prince of Wales hotel, it was closed anyway. I took a photo anyways as it made me think of my grandparents as I am sure it always will.
As we headed home, I almost drove of the road as a Genesis song came on and Melinda sang all the words. Seriously may have had a tear in my eye. Those Phil Collins moments.
I hope you all had a great of a day as Melinda & I did. There’s lots to do out there, you just have to find it.