Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Canada Trip: Day 3

Today was another day of adventure! We drove up to Calgary to do some site seeing and stay at another motel so we could see more. On the drive up, we saw a few really cool places.

This one is an old fort that they have turned into a gift shop. They would take people around for rides and things. We were going to go on the ride to see inside the fort but they wanted an outrageous amount of money for the tour so we figured pictures of the outside would have to work.

We saw a John Deere dealership on the way up!! It was cool to see one up there! Go John Deere green and yellow!

On the way up we also saw a turn off for the Nakiska, where the XV Winter Olympic Alpine events took place. The poles where all of the country flags are hung were lined up along the driveway. I wish I would have been able to see it when all of the flags were on the poles. What an amazing sight that would have been!!

After this stop, we were able to go to the Canadian Olympic Park. The building had little shops inside and a real bobsled. There were the ski jumps for the events. During the summer months, they turn the ski runs into a bike run. There were a ton of kids going up the chair lifts with their bikes and then speeding down the trails. It looked like they were having a lot of fun. We went to the bobsled track. It is HUGE, a lot bigger than I expected. We walked around the rest of the grounds to see what else was there. They had a huge ropes course. We had so much fun! I didn't realize that there was so much to do in Canada and especially on the way to the cities we had planned to visit before heading up here. 

We finally headed back to our motel, which took us forever to find in the first place, and then went to get something to eat. We headed to a grocery store and found the BEST apples I've ever had. They were Spartan apples and I wish they had them in the states. They were crunchy and just the right amount of tartness and sweetness. I also wish we could bring some back to the states. I'd love to share them with family! We had a busy but great day today!! I can't wait until tomorrow when another adventure begins. 

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Canada Trip: Day 2

Today Tyson and I were able to go through a session at the Cardston Temple. It was absolutely wonderful! The weather was beautiful, as was the temple. We started out early this morning so that we could visit other places as well today. The session was great and afterwards, we walked around to see the beautiful grounds that are always kept up so well. We've been wanting to visit this Temple since we got married and were excited to have the opportunity.

We went to the temple visitors center and were able to see pictures of the construction of the temple as well as remodeling that was done. The workers in the visitors center told us a few places that we could go while we were here. They also told us that Simon Dewey lived not too far from the temple. We were excited to hear that because that is Tyson's favorite artist. It would have been cool to have met him.

After going to the temple, we went back to our hotel to change and then headed out for Waterton Lakes National Park. The drive was beautiful and we were able to stop several times to take pictures along the way. The country up here is magnificent. I love the landscape and views as we drive through.

When we got into the national park farther, we found a mountain with a hiking trail. We went to the visitor center at the base of the mountain and looked through some of the brochures. One of them showed a view from the top of Bear's Hump and we decided that it would be a great place to take a look over the area. We started up the hill, and about halfway up I really started to get winded. I guess I didn't think that being 3 months pregnant would have much affect on me, but boy was I wrong. It took us a while to get up to the top but we made it! The view from the top was awe inspiring and took my breath away. We were able to see the towns below and the lakes all around the mountain. It was all worth the tiring hike and I would do it again to have the opportunity to see that view again. 

We descended the mountain and went to see one of the buildings below. It was the Prince of Wales Hotel. There were stairs that went up the front of the building. 

We proceeded through the park to Cameron Lake and Mount Custer. It was raining but we got out and took shelter in the buildings by the lake. The mountain still had snow on it and it was cold but worth it.

We even got the opportunity to see much of the wildlife through the park.

Today was a wonderful day. We were able to see so many things and come to a place we've both been longing to see. I have enjoyed my time in Cardston. I can't wait to be back in a couple days, and I hope we'll be able to come back after the baby is born. It would be so fun to share this with him or her.

I love getting to go on new adventures to places I've never been!!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Canada Trip: Day 1

Today we got to Canada! It was a very long, but beautiful, drive. We left earlier this morning and drove for approximately 9 hours. We stopped a few times along the way in various towns. I slept most of the way due to curvy roads that were making me car sick. We got to the Canadian boarder and handed the boarder officer our passports and answered his questions. Then we were off  to drive to our hotel in Cardston. On our way through Canada, we saw a fence that had hats nailed to each fence post. It was the coolest thing I've seen someone do on a fence and now I regret that we didn't stop to take a picture.

We finally got to our destination and checked into our motel. It was a really nice place and the receptionist that checked us in was so nice.

On our way out of the motel to go do some site seeing, we found this weird bug on the wall outside our door. It looks like a mix between two different bugs.

We then went get dinner and look around town. Such a beautiful city!!