Here are some photos from Natalia and my mom pickling in PA and our friends in Calgary out
for a fun raft on the Bow.

2nd annual pickling extravaganza


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In August 2011, Natalia wanted to go back to PA for the 2nd annual pickling extravaganza with my mom. This
year's affair also added a wiener roast and making homemade ice cream. Look at the smile on Natalia's face!

Video of Natalia making ice cream



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The result of the pickling party. There are mustard pickles, pickled carrots, pickled cucumbers, and pickled beets.


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The homemade ice cream takes some time to crank and make.


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Mom and Natalia with their pickling results.


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Natalia says, "Yes, I love making pickles with Gerri!"


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Pickles get Natalia's stamp of approval.


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The tasty result of cranking for 20 minutes.

Video of the ladies enjoying ice cream



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Yes, that's right kids - ice cream and pie for breakfast!

Natalia's first rafting trip down the Bow


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A fortuitous mix of circumstances meant that Natalia and I were home on a nice weekend in August and
we also found a few friends who wanted to raft as well. This led us to be on the Bow River in Calgary
pumping up our rental raft. Kurt and Jeanna and Jenn are taking a turn on the pumps.


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Jenn and Michele on the raft.


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Kurt hauled his water gun all the way down to the river, only to find out that it had a hole in it
and was totally useless.


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My beautiful wife has wanted to raft the Bow for a few summers now, so we finally had the chance to do it.


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Kurt and Michele at a quiet section of the river (it's all quiet!). Kurt is trying some 'orange juice' here.

Video of Michele in the water



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Kurt goes for a leak in the river in the old fashioned way.


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Michele and Jenn lounging around the raft. That paddle didn't get a lot of use.


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Michele is splashing Kurt while he's in the water. Note that Natalia has her life jacket on.


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Michele and Jenn with downtown Calgary in view.


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Jenn hopped in for a swim.


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So did Michele.


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I'm quite sure that Jenn was relieving herself in the river, but she claims that she didn't.


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Kurt fell into the river and got pulled back, right into the closest thing to a threesome I think he'll
ever have.


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A little watery photo of Jeanna and Natalia actually paddling so that Jeanna doesn't miss her dancing event.
This was after the run-in with Calgary Police so we all have our life jackets on.


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I'm paddling, but I'm not sure what we're looking at in the water.


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Even though Michele has her finger in the middle of this one, I love the look on Kurt's face.


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Jeanna and I making our way to our drop-off point.


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Michele and I taking the air out of the (surprisingly) heavy raft.


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Michele and Natalia rolling up the raft.

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