Here's a mixed bag of photos and video from our camping trip to Old Macdonald Farm,
Grace coming for a visit, and a tour up Jura Creek over Aug long weekend.


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First, a few photos of Natalia riding her horse Stepper at the barn.


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The Porsche of horses, apparently.

Walter and Henry riding bikes at the skate park


SUPER TRIPLE!



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Henry and his cousin Kale on the jalopies at Calaway Park.

Walter trying out training wheels



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The boys with their new haircuts courtesy of Mom.


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Walter got a big boy bed that he's pretty pleased with.


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Erik Olson came for a visit and stopped in at Crazy Carl's to see the sasquatch.


Old Macdonald Farm


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After needing a massage therapist to fix my neck from our last camping trip, I figured it was
time to upgrade our camp mats. These MEC Ventair XLs are the cat's pyjamas.


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Gracie giving Henry a big hug as we arrived at the campsite.


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Gracie and Henry walking to the beach together.


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Henry and Gracie playing cars on the picnic table at our campsite.


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Gracie and Henry digging in the sand. The sand is honestly a big draw for our kids since the quality
of lakes in southern Alberta is so poor.


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Henry and Grace checking out the lambs.


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Walter really enjoys hanging out at the beach. Here he is showing off his cool-guy shades.


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And his water backpack.

Walter killing it with a water gun



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Basically the whole camping trip consisted of beach time, play time, and trying to avoid heat stroke.
Here's Henry digging in the sand.


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A nice shot of evening sun while the kids play in the lake.


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All of the kids sitting in 'Gracie's lake'


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Gracie's mom Erin and their nanny Jorja.


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Henry and Gracie playing in the sand.


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Henry and Gracie paddling around on the floaties.


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Walter and Mommy having a boat ride.


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Walter and Natalia with Jackson and Izzy along for the ride.


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Henry and Gracie washing their feet at the campsite.


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The petting zoo and the candy store are the other main draws with the train and the merry go round
not in commission due to COVID. Here are the boys checking out pigs and sheep and goats.


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Walter and a sheep. He was in there like a dirty shirt trying to get licks or pets.


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Henry, Gracie, and Walter got to ride in the quadracycle while Daddy sweated buckets pushing
them around the campground.


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Henry wanted to try driving his own cart.


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Henry and Gracie having ice cream.


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Walter got 'birthday party' and I got mint chip.


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The bike gang out for a rip around the campground.


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Henry and Gracie got two ice creams in one day!


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Henry and Gracie got a turn to ride their own karts around the park.


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Henry driving.


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and Gracie driving too.


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Gracie and Henry on the slide. I like that Gracie still has her biking helmet on for safety.


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Playing on the balance beam.


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All the kids minus Walter having a hang out in the back of our car.


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Both Walter and Henry got bathed in the dish bucket on this trip to get the sand out, but I only
managed to capture Walter in a photo.

Some of Erin/Jorja's photos


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Henry and Gracie playing at the little playground near our campsite.


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Henry with the new-fangled lawn darts that can't impale anyone.


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Henry and Gracie playing at our campsite.


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Walter got in on the lawn darts too.


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Walter also loved playing with these lawn darts.


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Gracie and her brother Jackson took our boys' hands as often as they could when they were walking
together, making my heart melt.


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Digging at the beach.


Grace comes to visit


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On the way back through Red Deer we picked up Grace for a few nights with us. Here she is on a playground
tour through Cochrane, enjoying the cowboy playground.


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Grace, Walter, and Henry having snack time.


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We met up with Rhys and Grayson at the Riversong park and then had a Wendy's picnic at the Carolina
Crescent playground.


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The kids having sundaes. When told that we were having 'make-your-own' sundaes for a second night,
Grace responded, "Oh the usual then."


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Natalia had set up all of the topping options for each kid in a separate plate. It took Grace all of
one second to just take the plate and dump them into the ice cream.


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The rotisserie basket is getting good play. We tried fresh russet potatoes in here, and soaked the
potatoes for ~20 minutes prior to putting them on the rotisserie, but they dried out after almost two hours.
Somewhere in here is a magic recipe I need to dial in.


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The rest of dinner (chicken and pistachio tortellini and kale salad with crab-stuffed mushroom appies) was
epic though.

Jura Creek with toddlers


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Since the heat wave is finally done, I figured it was a good time to try the boys up Jura Creek.
Here's Henry as we got to the creek bed. He was disappointed it was dry but as I explained to him
the water is there, just underground.


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Walter and Mommy hiking in with the Mt McGillivray massif behind them.


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Part of the draw of this hike is that the boys get to wade through the creek. Good call on
packing rain boots.


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The other draw is the tightness of the canyon which the boys thought was pretty cool. Henry said,
"Daddy, we're climbing a mountain!"


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Henry and Walter with a cool cave feature in the limestone.


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Walter showing the narrowness of the canyon in places.


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Walter, Henry, and Mommy with the limestone walls of the canyon visible.


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Stopped for lunch with Walter showing off his green watch.


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Our whole family for a selfie.


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The obligatory ice cream in Canmore post-hike. Walter did pretty well considering it was pretty
uneven ground and it was ~2.5km each way. I was more convinced he was going to take a header into
the rocks and require medical attention, but he was fine. For future reference, this hike is excellent
for children but ~2.5-3 is a good minimum age so that you don't have to carry them over challenging terrain.


Mixed bag of other photos and videos

Mitch rides a downhill section



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Sign up at Bragg Creek's Cowtown Beef Shack.


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Out for a bike ride with John.


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Graham at the top of Special K, a little terrified for what comes next. It turns out what comes
next is Paul taco'ing his wheel.

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