Lake Louise is a spectacular colour, surrounded by evergreen forest and glaciers. The fresh snow on the branches made quite the spectacular site.
We went for a nice hike up to Lake Agnes, followed by high tea at the Chateau. It was a quite civilized way to spend a day.
Driving west from Regina, the Rockies eventually started to rise over the horizon. The blue skies ahead were a good sign.
The Royal Tyrell Museum in Drumheller is an awesome place for children and adults alike. Especially adults like me. Come on… That’s a selfie with a triceratops!
The moon was spectacular as it came up over the badlands of Dinosaur Provincial Park.
The day prior to our arrival, much of the west was hit by a blizzard and abnormally cold temperatures. We received a call from the park saying, “You’re not still coming, are you?”
“Yeah, we’re a few hours away,” was our reply.
After a period of silence, the voice on the phone reminded us, “You realize it’s going to be minus seven degrees tonight.”
“I think we’ll be fine, except for the infants that we’re travelling with.”
A few minutes later, we received another call from the park with a very generous offer that let everyone stay warm at night, and pretty much gave us the park to ourselves.
Carmel loves watching football on TV. She’s definitely a Roughriders fan.
There’s a little park trapped on the edges of Santa Cruz. It’s the mating home of thousands of monarch butterflies from Western North America. We were there in the shoulder season, so it wasn’t flooded with butterflies, but it was still a pretty impressive sight.
I’ve always wanted to see the giant redwoods of California.
Carmel loved the warmth of the sunshine, falling asleep with the gentle rocking motion of the boat, and spending time with Grandpa.
And why not an impromptu family portrait for good measure?
I was standing around waiting on the tarmac and thought this Thai Airways 747-400 looked pretty impressive from the ground.
Carmel loved being in the warm water.
Sarah asked me if I knew exactly how many mangos I ordered. I had forgotten the exact number, but I was aiming for a lot. I clearly succeeded.
For perspective, that bowl is about three feet in diameter.
One of my biggest disappointments of life in Mumbai was the day last year, shortly after our arrival, that I was informed that mango season was over and they wouldn’t be available for another ten months. I wasn’t about to let that happen again, so now we have a freezer full of mangos; a stockpile that will hopefully fill cravings through from August until next May.
Carmel arrived on June 15, 2017, a few weeks early, but very happy and healthy. There’s something exhilarating and scary about being handed your daughter for the first time.