Some photos and videos from social distancing for the month of May 2020.


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Henry and his friend Ty hanging out in Crazy Carl's backyard as we clean up some leaves.


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Henry, Ty, Brandt, and Walter having dinner. Note Henry starting to work on his 'posing' skills.


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After the success of Walter's Cochrane Jeepers birthday parade, our neighbour Grant turned 70 and had
the whole block show up, along with this guy on his lawn tractor too.


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The boys love finding earthworms at Crazy Carl's house.


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A sweet Mother's Day shot for Natalia that our neighbour Marie did for her.


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I bought Henry this Lego set before Christmas thinking I might give it to him in a few years. But, he's
been showing pretty strong spacial awareness and I thought we'd give it a whirl since we're in lockdown
anyway. Here's Henry working on Stage 1. Note the 14+ and 1969 pieces on the box.


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Henry working on stage 1.


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Playing the alien game from Christmas together.


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Henry working on his rocket. He basically looked for any excuse to send Walter for a nap, or just away
from him so that he could work on his rocket. I didn't put a single piece of the rocket together, but
instead helped him to organize pieces and do quality control.


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Henry, posing as he's almost done stage 1.


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Done stage 1.


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Henry with Stage 1 and Stage 2 complete.


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Henry done stage 3.


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Henry was so excited one morning to finish and he wanted to surprise me that he finished the last bag of
Lego (12 total bags) completely on his own. Look how proud he is here!


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The boys and Mommy being silly in the car.


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Henry having a 'celebration in a bun'.


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I convinced Henry to go for a bike ride without Walter down along the river and he quite enjoyed it.
He rode 6 km and enjoyed the outing.


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Walter riding home in the Chariot (with his bike stuck in the back) after having ridden to the
'wooden climber park' up by the school.


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These two little munchkins did well on a bike tour around Jumpingpound, where their favourite climbing
playground is. They did really well on their bikes zipping around and didn't even whine about having to
walk their bikes a bit.


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We decided to get back into canoeing now that Walter is a bit older and won't just unilaterally leap out
of the canoe. Here's the canoe strapped into the Highlander. The secret to no vibrating annoying noises
is to twist the lateral ties across the top of the canoe.


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We went out to the Ghost for our first tour of the year and had a picnic in the rec area off the highway.


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Walter and Mommy having a nice lunch.


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The boat launch at Ghost Lake.


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We successfully got the canoe off the car and into the lake. Yay! Here are the boys looking around
as we're getting started.


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While we had a lot of whining and 'are we there yet' on this trip, Henry later said the canoe ride and the
'bird city' were his favourite part of May long weekend. Note Walter is all smiles here since he's
eating a cookie.


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The 'bird city' that Henry was referencing.


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We went to Bragg Creek Provincial Park to throw some rocks into the Elbow River.


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I thought ahead enough to bring the boys' rubber boots and they were pretty excited to use them
in the smaller tributary to the Elbow.


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The boys jumping in the water.


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Throwing rocks in their matching sweaters (not quite bunny hugs since they have zippers).


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Walter killing it with the water table. We had one of the most memorable Victoria Day long weekends in
terms of weather and the boys definitely got after it.


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Henry pulled out his own first tooth as you can see here.


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Henry with Mommy's first tulips.


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We made another attempt at canoeing, this time with better results. The goal was a picnic on the island
at Lac des Arcs, and we achieved it. See smiling Walter and Mommy from the boat launch.


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Mommy paddling her way to the island. We got a few 'are we there yets', but the bigger factor here was
fighting the prevailing west winds. 40 mins to get to the island and 19 minutes back!


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On the island that we briefly shared with the nesting geese.

Henry explaining 'Goose Island'



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The geese staring us down while we had lunch with the cement plant visible across the lake.


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Better shot of staring us down.


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Our family at lunch.


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Better shot with the flag and the lake behind us.


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It's hard to get a gauge of the size of the eggs here but they're almost as big as my fist!


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Making our way back from the island.


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The old 43 year old canoe my parents bought in Saskatoon for their first Christmas together is still
treating us very well I would say. $500 in 1977 is inflation-adjusted to ~$2100 and that was a lot of
money then!


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I threw their bikes in so that they could do something other than sit in the car and sit in the canoe.
They trolled around Lac Des Arcs campground which they loved.


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Natalia found these sweet kites for the boys and we got out for some kite-flying by St Tim's.
Here she is flying Walter's green monster kite.


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Walter flying it, just before he dropped the string and Natalia had to make a run for it.


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I'll try to get a better shot of Henry's macaw.


Some physical activity this month


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The view from the sweet mountain bike trails by our house as they dried out.


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The crocus, the most sure sign of springtime in the foothills.


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The start of the Heart Mountain trail.


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From sign to summit in under 59 minutes is my new record for Heart Mtn. From here you can see the
island in Lac Des Arcs we canoed to later in the month.


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Looking back at Mt McGillivray, and realizing I do still need to get to the summit of this guy at
some point. See the Garmin data HERE .

K country mountain biking dawn patrol with Graham


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Graham convinced me to get up before 5 so that we could get a ride in together. While most of the trails
were in pretty good shape, there was definitely some mud, although very limited snow and ice. We rode
the Snagmore trail from Allen Bill and it was stunning.


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How sweet is this above the Elbow River?


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This is a great grey owl. It was totally silent in flight and just gorgeous. Data from our ride
is HERE .

Morning ride in the neighbourhood


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A nice morning light along Big Hill Creek.


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Dan's bike that I'm getting a lot of miles on.

A poor summit attempt in the snow and monsoon rain


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I tried for a run at Belmore Browne before realizing that it was saturated and the snow level is strong
at 1900m.


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Yeah, good time to turn around up high on a slippery embankment with snow to your nuts.
The attempt is logged HERE at least .


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Crazy Carl returns!


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Some customers and I, complete with an eval board (and my slippers) having a social distanced lunch
and drink on our back deck.


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Our neighbours Helen and Dave in their Sunday best.

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