Elizaveta came to visit us in July before we left for China.


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One of Natalia's favourite stops in Calgary is Calaway Park. And one of her favourite rides is the
Swing Ride. So, Lulu got to join us for a swing ride.


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It looks like fun from here.


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Natalia and Lulu up in the air.

Horseback riding


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Since Lulu likes to ride horses, we arranged for she and Nati to do a horseback ride in Banff to a
steak dinner. Here is Lulu getting up onto her horse for the afternoon.


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The beginning of the ride rode along the Bow River from Banff townsite.


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Natalia riding her horse.


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What a nice horse.


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Lulu and Natalia getting ready for dinner.


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It looks like Lulu thought the dinner was going to be pretty good as she's giving it a thumb's up!


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Yummy looking lunch!


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Lulu looks pretty relaxed with horses.


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Natalia and Lulu at the horse corral.


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A blurry photo but Lulu is smiling with her horse.


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Here is Natalia riding her horse in the corral as well.


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Natalia managed to get a decent shot from her horse of her and Lulu riding around the corral.


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A decent attempt at a self-portrait while riding along the trail.


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Lulu, her horse, and one of the local mountains around Banff. I think this might be Sulphur Mountain
but I'm probably wrong.


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I rode my bike out to Banff to meet up with the ladies and NEEDED to eat by the time they got their horses
back to the trailhead. Here is Lulu at the Old Spaghetti Factory. She clearly didn't want her photo taken.

An early season hike to the Deer Ridge Trail


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I have no idea what flower this is, but I thought it was pretty so I stopped to smell the flowers.


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We elected to go for a short hike in the Sibbald Creek area since we had only a few hours and we wanted
to allow Lulu the chance to hike with us. Our friend Jeanna Berg also came along for the tour. Natalia
is giving me her classic tongue-out pose.


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Natalia and Lulu with Deer Ridge in the distance.


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A pretty photo of Natalia hiking through the meadow. Watch out for those ticks!

Stampede Parade


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The ladies went down for the parade to try to sneak a look at Kate and William, the royal couple. I think
they saw the famous couple, but it was a brief glance.


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Many more horses than royalty at the Parade typically.

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